November 22nd, 2013
By John Clark
In a surprisingly friendly court appearance this week, media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his longtime wife, Wendi, finalized their mutual divorce settlement, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.
In a joint statement released shortly after their court hearing, Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng Murdoch, who was the billionaire’s third wife, said they were “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,” concluded the former couple’s statement.
The couple finalized their divorce during a hearing this week in Manhattan in a New York state court. During the hearing, the couple told the judge a trial would not be necessary and that they wanted the judge to simply confirm a settlement they reached together.
Celebrities often prefer to settle a divorce case out of court, because private settlements do not become publicly available, whereas the details of a divorce trial would have likely created a publicity frenzy.
The divorce settlement, however, is not expected to damage Rupert Murdoch’s remarkable media empire. Sources say the 82-year-old mogul will continue to hold his biggest media holdings, News Corp. and 21st Century Fox.
Wendi Murdoch, though, will reportedly receive the couple’s pricey Manhattan apartment, as well as an undisclosed amount of cash.
The couple’s relatively amicable divorce hearing took place while the couple was reportedly sitting together at a small table in the Manhattan courtroom. And the hearing only took about 15 minutes, according to reports.
During the hearing, which progressed like most other cases, the judge read off a series of simple questions, asked the parties if they had reached a settlement, and then gave the deal her stamp of approval.
The judge also praised the couple for behaving so “amicably” during the process, and the hearing reportedly ended with the 44-year-old wife kissing her former husband on the cheek.
The hearing ends a fourteen-year marriage for the power couple. The Murdochs were reportedly married in New York Harbor on Rupert Murdoch’s yacht, which is reportedly up for sale.
Sources say Ruport Murdoch married his third wife just a few weeks after finalizing his divorce with his second wife, Anna Tory, who is the mother of his three adult children. Rupert and Wendi also had two young daughters together.
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