By Ryan Nakashima
The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch has filed for divorce from Wendi Deng Murdoch, his wife since 1999, citing a breakdown in the relationship. The matter doesn’t alter the succession plan for the media company, which the 82-year-old founder controls through a family trust.
Murdoch filed a one-page document Thursday indicating that he was opening a divorce case in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan.
A News Corp. spokesperson confirmed the filing.
A sealed document with the filing says, “the relationship between the husband and wife has broken down irretrievably,” according to a person familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the matter was personal.
The couple are parents to two daughters, Grace and Chloe, ages 11 and 9.