Rupert Murdoch & Wendi Deng Divorce, Chinese Netizen Reactions

Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng.

Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng.

News of Rupert Murdoch and Chinese wife Wendi Deng divorcing is currently at time of translation the second highest trending hashtag on China’s leading microblogging service Sina Weibo . Wendi Deng is well-known to Chinese netizens, for her ambitious life history as well as when she hit a man who had attacked her husband during a hearing in the UK two years ago.

From Sina Weibo:

#Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng Divorce#

Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng to divorce, do you still believe in love?

Reuters reports that News Corporation Chairman Rupert Murdoch’s spokesman said on the 13th that Murdoch and wife Wendi Deng’s marriage had “broken down irretrievably” six months earlier, and Murdoch has already filed for divorce in New York. Murdoch and Wendi Deng were married in 1999.

From Sina Weibo:

胡子微评: In 1985, she gained admission to Guangzhou Medical School. In 1988, she emigrated abroad with the help of an American couple, two years later causing the American couple to divorce and marrying the man 31 years her senior, divorcing 7 months after obtaining a green card. In 1996 while on a flight, she met a company’s board member and became an intern; In 1998, she became Murdoch’s translator, months later having him abandon his wife of 31 years and marry her; In 2013 June 13, Murdoch files for divorce from her; She is Wendi Deng, just who will be her next target?

Wendi Deng.

Comments from Sina Weibo:


Putin? [酷]


Probably not me.


She’ll be rich after the divorce, but she won’t have her youth anymore, so it’s more like her only possibly becoming the target of some man who lives off women.


As long as they can let go [of their inhibitions], women can do anything.


Will it be Obama?


Super xiao san?


[呵呵] Well it won’t be you.


Men rely on conquering the world to conquer women, whereas women rely on conquering men to conquer the world.


A couple helped her emigrate abroad and she causes their divorce, seducing someone else’s husband just for a green card… this kind of woman is supposed to be our role model? Then she goes and wrecks another family~~~ I really don’t understand what the men were thinking~ Or could it just be that she is good in bed? ~[懒得理你]


Everyone has their own perspective, but I like her willingness to do, to be, and to assume.


So only by becoming bad can women become rich?


An extremely scheming woman! [鄙视]


Yeah, the next target is probably Obama. The reason is because Putin has already divorced, so going after him wouldn’t allow her to show her level [abilities]. She’ll probably wreck the American First Lady’s family first, then marry Obama.


It must be acknowledged, she’s quite niu bi.


Xiao san are doomed to have bad fates… If he’s willing to abandon his ex-wife for you, he’ll be willing to abandon you for someone else.

From Sina Weibo:

刘胜军改革: One Woman – In 1987, Wendi Deng met the couple Jake [and Joyce Cherry] and in 1988, the latter helped her obtain a US visa. In 1990, 53-year-old Jake and 22-year-old Wendi Deng married, divorcing in 1992, just 7 months more than the time required for a green card. In 1996, Wendi Deng sat next to a News Corporation board member on a plane to Hong Kong, and easily got an internship at the company’s headquarters. In 1997, Deng threw red wine on Murdoch. In 1998 became Murdoch’s Beijing interpreter, and in 1998, Murdoch and Deng married, divorcing in 2013.

Wendi Deng and Rupert Murdoch wedding photo.

Comments from Sina Weibo:


Wendi Deng, such a skilled woman! Accomplished getting that old man to bring up divorce, so she can sit there and receive 1 billion USD and recover her long-awaited freedom.


Compared to this, television dramas and whatever are nothing…


Murdoch is worth 11 billion USD. Deng could get 1 billion USD and up from the divorce. This case should be a required lesson for all business school MBAs. You have to hand it [to her]. [哈哈]


I wonder what else she’d be capable of in order to achieve her goals…


Deng was dumped by Murdoch, she’d rather wait until Murdoch dies. Murdoch isn’t stupid.


The woman’s road to riches!


Putin divorced, Murdoch is also divorced, could it be that Putin and Wendi Deng are an item???


Typical Chinese wisdom/intelligence! So far a Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, or Steve Jobs hasn’t been found in China, but there are plenty of Chinese people who are like Wendi Deng (not just women)…


@罗玉凤 [Sister Feng] Goddess, your role model is this. Appearances aren’t important, the most important thing for women is still your emotional quotient. What more, I think Old Murdoch doing this was for her good. With inheritance/estate taxes in the United States so high, first getting divorced will allow her to get a lot more, with the remaining to be distributed to the children. This move was too damn smart.


Opportunities must be created, women.


Don’t understand why so many people are talking about how they can’t believe in love anymore… This is nothing but a high-end upper-class version of a sugar daddy!


Two Chinese girls: Wendi Deng realized the American Dream, while Guo Meimei realized the Chinese Dream.


This could also be considered ability, there’s no need to be so bitter.


Next time it’ll be throwing Erguotou on Putin. [偷笑]


This kind of woman is too frightening.

From Sina Weibo:

丁来峰: In 1988, she emigrated abroad with the help of an American couple, two years later causing the American couple to divorce and marrying the man 31 years her senior, divorcing 7 months after obtaining a green card. In 1998, she became Murdoch’s interpreter, months later having him abandon his wife of 31 years and marry her. Today, Murdoch has file for divorce from her, inevitably at great cost. She is Wendi Deng, her every step of success built on the foundation of breaking up other people’s families. She is the encouraging legend in the history of xiao san struggles.

Wendi Deng.

Comments from Sina Weibo:


From inside to outside, one word: Ugly.


Don’t know if I should envy or spurn!


This is no ordinary xiao san


Our teacher says we can learn from her, but doesn’t recommend imitating. [嘻嘻][嘻嘻][嘻嘻]


As everyone knows, so what? Is there anyone going to punish her? Anyone going to boycott her?


Who will be her next prey? Is the First Lady nervous?


China’s contribution to the world.


The bellwether [leader] of Mainland China’s xiao san, and proud of it. What can we say about the looks of this woman? “Wretched”?


This kind of a woman cannot be understood from a normal person’s perspective, but her ability and methods are such that everyone must admire.


I really want to know just what methods she used to get these successful men to abandon their wives to marry her. By her looks, she really can’t be considered a beauty.


So people only enthusiastically discuss her legendary xiao san path, and no one pays attention to her business achievements/contributions. There is no lack of female entrepreneurs nor are there a lack of successful females who have relied on men to get on top. But someone as stupid as me, using a man is using a man, there’s no reason to wreck their family to get on top. Breaking up families one after another, this woman is smart indeed, but her character is low. Don’t say she’s Chinese, such an embarrassment.


Lao wai‘s aesthetic tastes sure are different from our fellow countrymen!


Murdoch has after so many years finally woken up. Old Murdoch, with you this old now, don’t look to marry again.


How’s Obama and his wife’s relationship right now? [偷笑]


A model for realizing one’s self-worth/potential, an example of disregarding moral behavior.

Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng.

If you are curious, the #1 trending hashtag is about about the College English Test (CET-4 & CET-6) examinations that will be held tomorrow across China. The hashtag is “#Band 4-6, Must Pass#“. It has 4x as many mentions on the microblogging service, but no one particularly popular post.


Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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