Rupert Murdoch files for divorce

News Corp chief executive Rupert Murdoch has filed for divorce from his wife Wendi, the company has confirmed. He married his third wife in 1999.

Murdoch's marriage 'broken down irretrievably'

Rupert Murdoch, centre, and his wife Wendi pictured at last year's Wimbledon men's final. Credit: PA

Rupert Murdoch's divorce filing said the "relationship between husband and wife has broken down irretrievably," according to a New York Times report.

It added that a spokeswoman for News Corporation, his media company, confirmed that it was Mr Murdoch who had made the filing.

The spokeswoman added that the divorce would have no impact on the company.

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Rupert Murdoch's three wives and six children

Rupert Murdoch's first marriage to flight attendant Patricia Booker took place in 1956 and lasted 11 years. They had one daughter, Prudence, in 1958.

Rupert Murdoch with former wife Anna Torv in 1991
Rupert Murdoch with his then wife Anna in 1991 Credit: Martin Keene/PA Archive/Press Association Images

In 1967, he married the Scottish-born journalist Anna Torv after the pair met at his Sydney-based newspaper The Daily Telegraph.

They had three children together - Elisabeth, Lachlan and James - over the course of more than 30 years of marriage.

Within a month of their divorce in 1999, Murdoch married Chinese-born TV executive Wendi Deng with whom he had two more daughters - Grace and Chloe.

Wendi Deng best known for slap on pie-thrower

Wendi Deng, in a pink jacket, leans to slap a protester, seen on the far left of the image.

Wendi Deng is perhaps best known in Britain for defending husband Rupert during a physical attack at a parliamentary hearing in 2011.

The Chinese-born businesswoman was seen landing a slap on the face of activist Johnnie Marbles, who had attempted to throw a foam pie at Mr Murdoch.