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Rupert Murdoch's Divorce Will Not Affect News Corp. Split

Wendi Deng's daughters with the mogul will have economic, but not voting, stakes

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Rupert Murdoch has reportedly filed for divorce from Wendi Deng, his wife of 14 years. A spokesperson for News Corp. confirmed the story in a tweet.

The announcement was made for maximum transparency in advance of the official News Corp. split, set for June 28.

A divorce petition was filed today in New York Supreme Court. According to Deadline, the divorce will not impact Murdoch’s media holdings.

“The relationship between the husband and wife has broken down irretrievably for a period of more than six months,” the filing read.

Murdoch has two daughters, ages 11 and 9, with Deng, his third wife. The pair wed in 1999, shortly after Murdoch's divorce from Anna Maria Torv Murdoch. The end of Murdoch's 32-year marriage with Anna resulted in a $1.7 billion settlement, one of the most expensive on record.

Murdoch has previously had disagreements with Deng over their children's inheritance. Though Deng and Murdoch's two daughters will have an equal economic stake in News Corp. via the family trust, they will cede voting rights to Murdoch's other children.

Deng made headlines in 2011 for defending her man from a pie-in-the-face attacker in a U.K. courtroom during the phone hacking scandal.

A 2012 New York Times profile of Deng noted that she “has emerged with her own independent career and has immersed herself in a social circle that includes David Geffen, Larry Ellison, Tony Blair, Nicole Kidman and Bono, one that is often free of her husband’s presence.”

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