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 billionaireâ€™s third wife, said they were â€œpleased to announce that we have reached an amicable settlement of all matters relating to our divorce.â€
â€œWe 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,â€ concluded the former coupleâ€™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 Murdochâ€™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 coupleâ€™s pricey Manhattan apartment, as well as an undisclosed amount of cash.
The coupleâ€™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 â€œamicablyâ€ 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 Murdochâ€™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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