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Rupert Murdoch files for divorce from third wife

By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com
Rupert Murdoch files for divorce from third wife
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng UPI/Jim Ruymen | License Photo

News Corp tycoon Rupert Murdoch filed for divorce from his third wife, Wendi Deng, Thursday morning in New York.

The split in the couple's 14-year marriage comes after months of rumors they had been growing apart, and repeated denials from representation.

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Murdoch, 82, married Deng, 44, a year after he left his wife of 31 years. His divorce from Anna Murdoch reportedly cost him a massive $1.7 billion settlement.

Murdoch reportedly notified Deng before beginning divorce proceedings, in which he said the "relationship between husband and wife has broken down irretrievably."

The couple have two daughters, Grace, 11, and Chloe, 9.

Deng made waves when, during a hearing on the British phone hacking scandal, she slapped away a protestor who tried to hit Murdoch with a shaving cream pie:

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