Who is Wendy Deng Murdoch?

I heard a rumour that Wendy Deng Murdoch is a daughter/relative of Deng Xiao Ping.  is there any truth in it?

Here’s her Wikipedia write up to search for clues…
There’s not much to go on that I can see.  There was this on a google search –

* “During the same period Murdoch cancelled the publication of a book from News Corp.-owned imprint HarperCollins by former Hong Kong Governor Chris Patten that was critical of the Beijing regime. Murdoch ordered HarperCollins to publish a stunningly awful hagiography of Communist Party boss Deng Xiaoping, authored by his daughter Deng Rong, for a $1 million advance.”

Wendi Deng Murdoch

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Wendi Deng Murdoch

Murdoch at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival
Born Deng Wenge
December 8, 1968 (age 43)[1]
Xuzhou, Jiangsu, People’s Republic of China
Nationality American
Ethnicity Chinese
Occupation Businesswoman
Spouse Jake Cherry (m. 1990–1993)
Rupert Murdoch (m. 1999–present)
Children 2
Wendi Deng Murdoch (simplified Chinese邓文迪traditional Chinese鄧文迪pinyin:Dèng Wéndí; born December 8, 1968) is a Chinese-born American businesswoman. She is the third wife of News Corporation Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch, and is leading her husband’s Chinese media investments.
In 1988, Murdoch was sponsored by an American family for a student visa. She attendedCal State Northridge for economics and completed her master’s degree in business at theYale School of Management, where she currently serves on the board of advisors.[2]Murdoch’s debut in the media came with Fox TV. She was offered an internship at Star TV, Hong Kong, part of News Corporation.



[edit]Early life and education

Wendi Deng Murdoch was born in Jinan, Shandong, and raised in Xuzhou, Jiangsu. Her birth name was Deng Wenge (邓文革),[3] which means “Cultural Revolution“.[4] She changed it in her teens when a more open and international mood took hold.[5] Murdoch is the third of four children (three daughters, one son) born to engineers.[6] Murdoch attended Xuzhou First Secondary School and Xuzhou No. 1 Middle School. She developed a strong interest in playing volleyball. While in high school, Murdoch’s father relocated to Hangzhou, where he worked at the People’s Machinery Works; she and her family remained behind for a short while. In 1985, when she was 16 years old, Murdoch enrolled in Guangzhou Medical College.[7]
In 1987, Murdoch met an American businessman and his wife, Jake and Joyce Cherry,[8]who had temporarily relocated to China and helped build a refrigerator factory.[8] Murdoch studied English with Joyce.[8] In 1988, Murdoch abandoned her medical studies and travelled to the United States to study, with Jake and Joyce Cherry sponsoring her student visa.[8] Murdoch enrolled at California State University, Northridge, where she studied economics and was among the top 1% of students.[8][9]
Murdoch received a bachelor’s degree in economics from California State University at Northridge and an MBA from the Yale School of Management where she currently serves on the board of advisors.[2]


Upon graduation from Yale, she began searching for a job, and met Bruce Churchill via a mutual friend. At that time, Churchill oversaw finance and corporate development at the Fox TV branch in Los Angeles. He subsequently offered Murdoch an internship at News Corp subsidiary Star TV in Hong Kong, which developed into a full-time junior executive position. Though a junior employee,[10] Wendi Deng took a role in working to plan Star TV’s operations in Hong Kong and China, and helped to build up Chinese distribution for Star’s “Channel V” music channel. Additionally, she investigated interactive TV opportunities for News Digital Systems.
Murdoch has recently become a director for the holding company that licenses the MySpace brand and technology to MySpace China, her first formal involvement in the media business since she left her job as a junior executive at the company’s Star TV in Hong Kong in 1999. Murdoch has led her husband’s Chinese internet investments totalling between $35 million and $45m. She has led the way in forming business links with China for high-speed video and internet access.[11] She is now chief of strategy for MySpace’s China operation.[12]
In 2011, Murdoch made her producer debut with the release of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, a movie about two footbound children in ancient China.[13][14]

[edit]Personal life

Husband Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng in 2011

Upon her arrival to the United States, Murdoch briefly lived with Jake and Joyce Cherry and attended university. Joyce Cherry found out her husband was having an affair with Murdoch (30 years his junior) and demanded she leave the house. Jake Cherry soon followed and moved in with her,[8] and the two married in 1990.[7] Murdoch and Cherry’s marriage lasted 2 years and 7 months before they were legally divorced,[8] but he would later explain they only stayed together for 4 or 5 months,[7] after which he learned of the affair Murdoch had with David Wolf, a man closer to her age.[7] She had obtained a green card through her marriage to Cherry.[7][8]
In 1997, she met Rupert Murdoch at a company party in Hong Kong.[9] They married in 1999,[15] less than three weeks after his divorce from ex-wife Anna Maria Torv Murdoch Mann was finalized.[15] Wendi and Rupert Murdoch live in Manhattan with their two daughters: Grace Helen (born 2001) and Chloe (born 2003).[16][17]
She counter-attacked Jonathan May-Bowles who pied her husband during a highly publicized testimony before a British parliamentarycommittee in connection with the News International phone hacking scandal. Her actions gained her press attention. May-Bowles was sentenced to serve a six-week sentence at Wandsworth Prison in London.[18]


  1. ^ Lewis, Hilary. “Happy Belated Birthday, Wendi Deng!”.Business Insider.
  2. a b mba.yale.edu/why/advisors/index.shtml.
  3. ^ Ellis, Eric (June 2007). “Wendi Deng Murdoch – A Life”The Monthly: pp. 28–40.
  4. ^ Behind Wendi Deng’s billion-dollar spike
  5. ^ Wendi Deng hailed in China for defending Rupert Murdoch
  6. ^ “Rupert Murdoch’s Wife Wendi Wields Influence at NewsCorp.”The Wall Street Journal. November 2, 2000. Retrieved December 5, 2010.
  7. a b c d e Leonard, Tom (November 2, 2000). “How Murdoch’s wife won her ticket to America”The Daily Telegraph (UK). Retrieved September 5, 2010.
  8. a b c d e f g h “The Boy Who Wouldn’t Be King”. New York Media. Retrieved September 5, 2010.
  9. a b “Wendi Deng: Heiress Apparent?”. The Asia Magazine. Retrieved December 5, 2010.
  10. ^ Lippman, John. “Rupert Murdoch’s Wife Wendi Wields Influence at News Corp.”Wall Street Journal. Retrieved September 5, 2010.
  11. ^ “Who is Wendi Murdoch?”The Guardian (London). November 5, 2000. Retrieved July 19, 2011.
  12. ^ “Wendi Murdoch to work with MySpace”China Economic Review. July 4, 2007. Retrieved September 5, 2010.
  13. ^ Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Fox Searchlight Pictures. Retrieved Septempber 14, 2011.
  14. ^ Interview of Wendi Deng Murdoch for Swan Flower and the Secret Fan The Charlie Rose Show. August 25, 2011. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  15. a b “NNDb.com”. NNDb.com. Retrieved July 19, 2011.
  16. ^ “Murdoch unmasked: Meeting a media mogul”Independent. June 2007.
  17. ^ “Rupert Murdoch & Wendi Deng’s Daughters [PHOTOS“].International Business Times. July 2011.
  18. ^ CC Murdoch pie thrower reportedly blogging from prison, CNN, August 16th, 2011

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    4 Responses to “Who is Wendy Deng Murdoch?”

    1. It was suggested, on The Tap, that there is a striking resembelence between Maurice Strong and Deng Xiao Ping – is Strong the son of Deng Xiao Ping???
      Maybe she’s related to both.

      Here’s something else interesting – JURA LINA:


      I’ve just started reading Architects of Deception (available free PDF from www). The one on communism looks interesting:


    2. Tom says:

      I’ve heard that Jullian Assange and Wendi Deng Murdoch are actually the same person. Its a far fetched theory but the facts are pretty hard to deny.

    3. Tapestry says:

      That was helpful, Tom. The tendency for the elites to intermarry within very small boundaries is one of their traits. It is worth watching to see if this rumour has any substance. Money and power like to marry over and over again. It’s how they work.

    4. stedra rulz says:

      Third daughter of four children. Does that raise any flags?

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