Wendi Deng Murdoch
|Wendi Deng Murdoch
Murdoch at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival
|Born||Deng Wenge (邓文革)
December 8, 1968 
Jinan, Shandong, People's Republic of China
|Residence||New York City
Beverly Hills, California
|Spouse(s)||Jake Cherry (m. 1990–1993)
Rupert Murdoch (m. 1999–present)
|Children||Grace Murdoch (born 2001)
Chloe Murdoch (born 2003)
Wendi Deng Murdoch (simplified Chinese: 邓文迪; traditional Chinese: 鄧文迪; pinyin: Dèng Wéndí; born December 8, 1968) is a Chinese-born American businesswoman. She is the third wife of News Corporation Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch.
In 1988, Deng was sponsored by an American family for a student visa. She attended Cal State Northridge for economics and completed her master's degree in business at the Yale School of Management, where she currently serves on the board of advisors. Murdoch's debut in the media came with Fox TV. She was offered an internship at Star TV, Hong Kong, part of News Corporation.
Early life and education 
Wendi Deng Murdoch was born in Jinan, Shandong, and raised in Xuzhou, Jiangsu. Her birth name was Deng Wenge (邓文革), which means "Cultural Revolution". She changed it in her teens when a more open and international mood took hold. Murdoch is the third of four children (three daughters, one son) born to engineers. Murdoch attended Xuzhou First Secondary School and Xuzhou No. 1 Middle School. She developed a strong interest in playing volleyball. While in high school, Murdoch's father relocated to Hangzhou, where he worked at the People's Machinery Works; she and her family remained behind for a short while. In 1985, when she was 16 years old, Murdoch enrolled in Guangzhou Medical College.
In 1987, Murdoch met an American businessman and his wife, Jake and Joyce Cherry, who had temporarily relocated to China and helped build a refrigerator factory. Murdoch studied English with Joyce. In 1988, Murdoch abandoned her medical studies and travelled to the United States to study, with Jake and Joyce Cherry sponsoring her student visa. Murdoch enrolled at California State University, Northridge, where she studied economics and was among the top 1% of students.
Upon graduation from Yale, she began searching for a job, and met Bruce Churchill via a mutual friend. At that time, Churchill oversaw finance and corporate development at the Fox TV branch in Los Angeles. He subsequently offered Murdoch an internship at News Corp subsidiary Star TV in Hong Kong, which developed into a full-time junior executive position. Though a junior employee, Wendi Deng took a role in working to plan Star TV's operations in Hong Kong and China, and helped to build up Chinese distribution for Star's "Channel V" music channel. Additionally, she investigated interactive TV opportunities for News Digital Systems.
Murdoch was a director for the holding company that licensed the MySpace brand and technology to MySpace China and chief of strategy for MySpace's China operation, prior to the company's sale to Specific Media in June, 2011. Previously Murdoch had been a junior executive at News Corp's Star TV in Hong Kong in 1999. Murdoch has led her husband's Chinese internet investments totalling between $35 million and $45m. She has led the way in forming business links with China for high-speed video and internet access. She is now chief of strategy for MySpace’s China operation.
Personal life 
In 1987 Deng met an American businessman and his wife, Jake and Joyce Cherry, who had temporarily relocated to China to help build a refrigerator factory. Deng asked the couple for tutoring lessons in English, which Joyce eventually provided. In 1988, she abandoned her medical studies and traveled to the United States to study, with the Cherrys sponsoring Deng’s student visa. Upon her arrival to the United States, Deng briefly lived with Jake and Joyce Cherry and attended university. Joyce Cherry discovered her husband Jake was having an affair with Deng, who was 30 years his junior, and demanded she leave the house. Jake Cherry soon followed and moved in with her, and the two married in 1990. Deng and Cherry's marriage lasted 2 years and 7 months before they were legally divorced, but he would later explain they only stayed together for 4 or 5 months, after which he learned of the affair Deng had with David Wolf, a man closer to her age. Nonetheless, she had been able to secure a green card through her marriage to Cherry.
She counter-attacked Jonathan May-Bowles, who pied her husband during a highly publicized testimony before a British parliamentary committee in connection with the News International phone hacking scandal. Her actions gained her press attention. May-Bowles was sentenced to serve a six-week sentence at Wandsworth Prison in London.
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