Rupert Murdoch divorces: Fate of media empire TBD

Rupert Murdoch divorces: Fate of media empire TBD

Rupert Murdoch, the chief executive of News Corp, has filed for divorce from his wife Wendi, prompting speculation that the world’s largest media empire could become engulfed in a bitter inheritance battle.

Murdoch, 82, married the Chinese-born Wendi Deng, 44, famed for attacking a protestor who hit her husband with a custard pie, in 1999. The couple have two daughters, aged 11 and nine.

The media mogul, whose wealth is estimated $11.2 billion, filed for divorce on the grounds that his relationship with his third wife had broken down “irretrievably for more than 6 months”.

The divorce petition was filed on Thursday in the New York Supreme Court.

Mrs Murdoch was informed in advance of her husband’s decision, according to a person close to the family.

The divorce could prove one of the most expensive in legal history.

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