Eighty-eight year old Rupert Murdoch has had a rough go of it over the past couple of years. His life was turned upside down when it was found that newspapers under his control in London had been wiretapping everyone from police officers to elected officials. It was during the hearings regarding those charges in front of Parliament when a man tried to pummel Murdoch with a pie. That attacker was quickly attacked and batted away by the mogul's much younger wife, Wendi Deng. Apparently, that pie incident wasn't enough to save their marriage. Only two years later, the two are calling it quits to a marriage that spanned three decades and, apparently, countless screaming matches.
According to some, it was just time for Murdoch to divorce his third wife after they fell into a rut that he called "broken down irretrievably" in legal documents. Others have alluded to a possible tryst between Deng and former English Prime Minister Tony Blair. Either way, the divorce will cost Murdoch a lot of money. His last divorce cost him $100 million, and that was on the cheap side. His now ex-wife could've served him papers in California and laid claim to his $7 billion fortune, but in exchange for making the family trust immutable for their four children, she let him off easy.
Will Rupert get off as easy this time? Considering that immutable trust soon got thrown out when he and Deng had two more children (the first children got immediate cash in return for splitting it up 6 ways instead of 4), we say anything's possible. It might be as exciting and tawdry as anything on FOX. Stay tuned.
Has Rupert Murdoch learned anything from yet another divorce?