Media mogul Rupert Murdoch filed for divorce from his wife Wendi, a company rep confirmed Thursday, after 14 years of a jet-setting May-December marriage.
An earlier report from Deadline.com said News Corp CEO filed the papers in New York State Supreme Court.
“The relationship between the husband and wife has broken down irretrievably for a period of more than six months,” reads the filing, according to the News Corp spokesman.
Wendi Deng Murdoch, 44, cut a glamorous figure as the 82-year-old’s third wife. A former News Corp employee, she met the mogul at a company party in 1997; they wed two years later and have two teenage daughters together. Always a conspicuous presence, she became a downright towering one when the former volleyball player smacked down a protester who disrupted a London parliamentary hearing by slamming a foam pie in her husband’s face.
This will be Murdoch’s third divorce. His first marriage to the late Patricia Booker ended in 1967; they had one daughter. The same year, he married Anna Maria Torv, a young reporter working for one of his papers in Australia. The couple had three children, but the 32-year marriage ended in 1999 with a spectacular divorce settlement: Anna walked away with more than $1 billion in cash and assets. Murdoch — who clearly likes being married — turned around and wed just Deng 17 days after his second divorce was finalized. He was 68, she was 30. And yes, they had a prenup.
No word on reasons for the split, or if a fourth Mrs. Murdoch is waiting in the wings.
Earlier: Wendi Deng Murdoch: Billionaire’s wife, pie avenger, movie producer, 11/3/11