Rupert Murdoch Files for Divorce

News Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch filed for divorce from his wife, Wendi Deng Murdoch, in New York State Supreme Court Thursday morning, citing as grounds “that the relationship has broken down irretrievably,” spokespeople for Mr. Murdoch confirmed.

The divorce filing, which comes after 14 years of marriage, is unlikely to jeopardize the Murdoch family’s control of News Corp., the media conglomerate whose properties range from Fox News to 20th Century Fox and The Wall Street Journal. Nearly all of the Murdoch family’s voting stock — a bloc of 38.4 percent — is held through the Murdoch Family Trust, whose beneficiaries are Mr. Murdoch’s six children, including his two younger girls by Wendi Murdoch, Grace and Chloe, ages 11 and nine, respectively.

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