Thursday 19 October 2017

The scramble for reasons behind Murdoch split

Tycoon's break-up from the formidable Wendi Deng has shocked the media, which is clamouring to find out why, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards

Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng at an Oscars party in February
Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng at an Oscars party in February
Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

'Am also told that undisclosed reasons for Murdoch divorcing Deng are jaw-dropping & hate myself for wanting to know what they are," tweeted Robert Peston, the BBC's serious-minded business editor.

Meanwhile, Rupert Murdoch's biographer, Michael Wolff, is "absolutely gobsmacked".

What dropped my jaw and smacked my gob happened in 1999 when I learnt that a man as savvy as Murdoch was ditching his second wife, Anna, in a $1bn divorce and after 32 years, to marry an ambitious woman half his age. Yes, I know old men can be very silly, but this seemed to me folly on an epic scale.

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