Wendi Deng Murdoch was born on December 8, 1968 in Jinan, Shandong. Her birth name was Deng Weng Ge, which she changed in her early teens. It is reported that Wendi changed her name from Deng Weng Ge, which means “Cultural Revolution Deng” (as was her parent’s political obligation) to Wendi Deng in lieu of the more open and international attitude of China in her early teen years.
Wendi was one of four children (three daughters and one son) born to her parents who were both engineers, her father being a factory director in Guangzhou, China. Her father moved the family to Xuzhou, Jiangsu, shortly after Wendi’s birth. She attended the Xuzhou First Secondary School and Xuzhou No. 1 Middle School where she took up volleyball.
During her time at Xuzhou No. 1 Middle School, Mr Qie was her academic supervisor. Mr. Qie complained about Wendi spending too much time playing volleyball, which was causing her to lag behind other students. Qie persuaded Wendi to give up volleyball and to focus on University entry examines..
While still attending high school, her father moved again to Guangzhou to be closer to the People’s Machinery Works, which he was working at as the Factory Director.
After graduating from High School, Wendi enrolled in the Guangzhou Medical College, to study medicine. She abandoned her medical studies, in 1988 after meeting American businessman Jake Cherry and his wife Joyce, who had been temporarily relocated to Chine to help build a refrigerator factory. Wendi Studied English with Joyce, moving to the United States after Jake and Joyce sponsored her student visa. While in the United States, Wendi was enrolled in the California State University where she studied economics, receiving her bachelor’s degree in economics and an MBA from Yale School of Management.
While Wendi was living with the Cherry’s during her studies, she was discovered to be having an affair with Jake Cherry who was 30 years older than Wendi, and was kicked out of the house by his wife, Joyce. Jake soon moved in with her and, upon divorcing Joyce Cherry, married Wendi in 1990.
Wendi’s marriage to Jake lasted 2 years and 7 months, but Jake later told reporters that they had only stayed together for a few months when he had learned that Wendi was seeing David Wolf, who was much closer to her age. During her time with Jake she was, nonetheless, able to procure a green card through the marriage.
After receiving her MBA from Yale School of Management, Wendi met Bruce Churchill oversaw the finance and corporate development of Fox TV branch in Los Angeles. Churchill offered Wendi an internship at a subsidiary news corporation in Hong Kong, Star TV, which ended up developing into a full-time junior executive position. During this time she helped in planning operation of Star TV in Hong Kong and China and building up a distribution network for Star’s Channel V music channel.
While working with Star TV, Wendi met Rupert Murdock, the parent company’s (NewsCorp) chairman, at a company party in Hong Kong and in 1999, less than three weeks after Murdoch’s divorce from his second wife Anna Murdoch, Wendi and Rupert were married aboard his yacht, “The Morning Glory”.
In the autumn of 1998, Murdoch told senior executives with Star TV that his relationship with Wendi was serious and was advised by Gareth Change, Star TV’s chairman that it would be inadvisable for Wendi to remain on staff, given his personal relationship with her. Murdoch replied that this wouldn’t be a problem as Wendi would be resigning her position with Star TV and moving to New York with him.
Wendi and Rupert Murdock were married for 14 years, from 1999 to 2013, during which time they gave birth to two children, Grace (born in 2001) and Chloe (born in 2003).
In early 2012 it was reported that Rupert Murdoch began hearing rumors that his wife was having an affair with Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Rupert Murdock, at this time, began holding interviews with staff members to see if anyone had seen or heard anything regarding his Blair and his wife. According to the London Daily Telegraph, Murdoch had learned that Blair visited Deng on the Carmel ranch on more than one occasion, as well as being seen together in several other places and social situations. According to the newspaper, Blair had allegedly spent the weekend of April 27, 2013 at their house.
In June 2013, Rupert Murdoch filed for divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences” and reached an amicable divorce settlement in November of the same year, at which time Rupert and Wendi released a joint statement saying, “We are pleased to announce that we have reached an amicable settlement of all matters relating to our divorce. We move forward with mutual respect and a shared interest in the health and happiness of our two daughters. We will not comment on this any further.”