Wendi Deng Murdoch
|Wendi Deng Murdoch
Wendi Deng Murdoch at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival
|Born||Deng Wenge (邓文革)
December 8, 1968 
Jinan, Shandong, China
|Residence||New York City
Beverly Hills, California
|Spouse(s)||Jake Cherry (1990–1993)
Rupert Murdoch (1999–2013, divorcing)
|Children||Grace Murdoch (b. 2001)
Chloe Murdoch (b. 2003)
|The past. Rupert and Wendi as a happy couple // Lightning (a newspaper), June 15, 2013|
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 was the third wife of News Corporation chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch, who filed for divorce from her in June 2013.
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 advisers. Deng'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), Wenge meaning “Cultural Revolution.” She changed it in her teens when a more open and international mood took hold. She is the third of four children (three daughters, one son) born to engineers. She attended Xuzhou First Secondary School and Xuzhou No. 1 Middle School. She developed an interest in playing volleyball. While she was in high school, her father relocated to Guangzhou, where he worked at the People’s Machinery Works; she and her family remained behind for a short while. In 1985, at age 16, she enrolled in Guangzhou Medical College.
In 1987 she met an American businessman and his wife, Jake and Joyce Cherry, who had temporarily relocated to China and helped build a refrigerator factory. She studied English with Joyce. In 1988 she abandoned her medical studies and traveled to the United States to study, with Jake and Joyce Cherry sponsoring her student visa (Jake later became Deng’s first husband). She enrolled at California State University, Northridge, where she studied economics and was among the top students.
Upon graduation from Yale, she began searching for a job. She met Bruce Churchill through a mutual friend. At that time, Churchill oversaw finance and corporate development at the Fox TV branch in Los Angeles. He subsequently offered Deng an internship at News Corp subsidiary Star TV in Hong Kong, which developed into a full-time junior executive position. Though a junior employee, she 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.
Deng 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 she had been a junior executive at News Corp’s Star TV in Hong Kong in 1999. She has led her husband’s Chinese Internet investments totaling between $35 million and $45 million. She has led the way in forming business links with China for high-speed video and internet access.
When Deng was living with Jake and Joyce Cherry during her studies in the United States, 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. Their marriage lasted 2 years 7 months before they were legally divorced, but Jake would later explain they stayed together for only four or five months, when he learned that Deng was spending time with David Wolf, a man closer to her age. Nonetheless, she had been able to secure a green card through her marriage to Cherry.
In 1997 she met Rupert Murdoch at a company party in Hong Kong. They married in 1999, less than three weeks after the finalization of his divorce from his second wife, Anna Maria Torv Murdoch Mann. Wendi and Rupert have two children, Grace (born 2001) and Chloe (born 2003). Tony Blair is, controversially, Grace Murdoch’s godfather. In June 2013, Murdoch filed for divorce from Deng, citing irreconcilable differences.
On February 5, 2014, the Daily Telegraph of UK published a report claiming Deng had a crush on Tony Blair, leading to her divorce from Murdoch. The report stated that the Australian media mogul began to hear rumors about his wife in 2012 and is said to have interviewed staff members at his various homes to ask them what they had seen. According to the magazine, Murdoch learned that Blair had visited Deng at the Carmel ranch on more than one occasion. Blair allegedly spent the weekend of April 27, 2013, with Deng at the property. Other sources are quoted as placing Blair and Deng at The Carlyle in New York, on a private yacht, and at Murdoch’s home in London. As a result of Murdoch's suspicion that Blair had had an affair with Deng, he ended his long-standing relationship with Blair in 2014.
Parliamentary committee incident
|Wendi Deng sitting behind her husband during phone hacking hearing // BBC|
|Wendi Deng leaping to her husband’s defence // Telegraph.co.uk|
Deng gained press attention when she counter-attacked Jonathan May-Bowles, who pied her husband during a highly publicized testimony before a British parliamentary committee in the News International phone hacking scandal. May-Bowles was sentenced to six weeks’ imprisonment. The incident was televised and her fame spread, even back to her native China.
- Lewis, Hilary. "Happy Belated Birthday, Wendi Deng!". Business Insider.
- "Rupert Murdoch files for divorce from Wendi Deng", BBC News, 13 June 2013
- Yale School of Management – Board of Advisors. Accessed December 2, 2012.
- Ellis, Eric (June 2007). "Wendi Deng Murdoch – A Life". The Monthly. pp. 28–40.
- Behind Wendi Deng’s billion-dollar spike
- Jonathan Watts (20 July 2011). "Wendi Deng hailed in China for defending Rupert Murdoch". The Guardian.
- "Rupert Murdoch’s Wife Wendi Wields Influence at NewsCorp". The Wall Street Journal. November 2, 2000. Retrieved December 5, 2010.
- Leonard, Tom (November 2, 2000). "How Murdoch’s wife won her ticket to America". The Daily Telegraph (UK). Retrieved September 5, 2010.
- Steve Fishman (September 11, 2005). "The Boy Who Wouldn't Be King". New York. New York Media. p. 5. Retrieved September 5, 2010.
- "Wendi Deng: Heiress Apparent?". The Asia Magazine. Retrieved December 5, 2010.
- Lippman, John. "Rupert Murdoch's Wife Wendi Wields Influence at News Corp.". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved September 5, 2010.
- Fixmer, Andy (June 29, 2011). "News Corp. Calls Quits on Myspace With Specific Media Sale". Retrieved January 22, 2013.
- "Wendi Murdoch to work with MySpace". China Economic Review. July 4, 2007. Retrieved September 5, 2010.
- "Who is Wendi Murdoch?". The Guardian (London). November 5, 2000. Retrieved July 19, 2011.
- Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Fox Searchlight Pictures. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
- "Interview of Wendi Deng Murdoch for Swan Flower and the Secret Fan". The Charlie Rose Show. August 25, 2011. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
- "NNDb.com". NNDb.com. Retrieved July 19, 2011.
- 24 Nov 2013 "Rupert Murdoch in rift with Tony Blair over claims of 'multiple' encounters with ex-wife Wendi Deng" Telegraph
- Life after power: The loneliness of Tony Blair, economist.com.
- "CC Murdoch pie thrower reportedly blogging from prison". CNN. August 16, 2011.
- Profile: Wendi Deng Murdoch // BBC 14 June 2013.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Wendi Murdoch.|
- Wendi Deng Murdoch at the Internet Movie Database
- "Spiked!". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. May 7, 2007. Retrieved September 5, 2010.
- "Stain Removal". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. August 27, 2007. Retrieved September 5, 2010. (discusses the WikiScanner data in the editing of this Wikipedia article on Wendi Deng)
- (Chinese) Chinese MySpace page, photos and blog
- Adams, William Lee. "Wendi Deng: The Life and Times of Mrs. Rupert Murdoch." TIME.