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Old 23-09-2014, 03:00 PM   #113
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When China's reformers eased open the communist giant's doors to the world, they found Rupert Murdoch standing outside in his best suit with a bunch of flowers.. Used to being courted by those in power, Murdoch made a clumsy suitor. If the billionaire media mogul thought he could swagger into China and add the world's biggest audience to his News Corp empire, he quickly discovered that things worked differently in the Middle Kingdom.. The communist leadership kept the 'ultimate capitalist' at arm's length..

Nonetheless, amid many blunders and much wasted money, News Corp managed to connect China to the world through the Internet and to transform its staid television service into a popular-entertainment medium. But was Beijing simply using Murdoch to help the country modernise and to rehabilitate its image in the wake of Tiananmen Square?

Bruce Dover, Murdoch's man on the ground in China for much of the 1990s, delivers a rollicking insider's account of doing deals at the highest level of business and politics. In this intimate portrait of the impulsive billionaire in his prime, Dover describes fatefully introducing his boss to Wendi Deng, the woman who would become his second wife -
News Corp's future has a Chinese face after all...

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 was the third wife of News Corporation chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch, who filed for divorce from her in June 2013..In 1988 Deng was sponsored by an American family for a student visa.. She attended Cal State Northridge for economics and completed her master’s degree in business at the Yale School of Management, where she currently serves on the board of advisers.. Deng's debut in the media came with Fox TV. She was offered an internship at Star TV, Hong Kong, part of News Corporation..Wendi Deng Murdoch was born in Jinan, Shandong, and raised in Xuzhou, Jiangsu. Her birth name was Deng Wenge (邓文革), Wenge meaning “Cultural Revolution...In 1985, at age 16, she enrolled in Guangzhou Medical College, derived from 2 nearby mountains known as Pan and Yu in ancient times..Guangzhou is the third largest Chinese city and the largest city in South Central China. As of the 2010 census, the city's administrative area had a population of 12.78 million..

She 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 advisers..In 2011 she made her producer debut with the release of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, a movie about two footbound children in ancient China.When Deng was living with Jake and Joyce Cherry during her studies in the United States, Joyce Cherry discovered her husband, Jake, was having an affair with Deng,who was 30 years his junior, and demanded she leave the house.. Jake Cherry soon followed and moved in with her, and the two married in 1990. Their marriage lasted 2 years 7 months before they were legally divorced, but Jake would later explain they stayed together for only four or five months, when he learned that Deng was spending time with David Wolf, a man closer to her age.Nonetheless, she had been able to secure a green card through her marriage to Cherry...

In 1997 she met Rupert Murdoch at a company party in Hong Kong.. They married in 1999, less than three weeks after the finalization of his divorce from his second wife, Anna Maria Torv Murdoch Mann. Wendi and Rupert have two children, Grace (born 2001) and Chloe (born 2003). Tony Blair is, controversially, Grace Murdoch’s godfather..On February 5, 2014, the Daily Telegraph of UK published a report claiming Deng had a crush on Tony Blair, leading to her divorce from Murdoch.. The report stated that the Australian media mogul began to hear rumors about his wife in 2012 and is said to have interviewed staff members at his various homes to ask them what they had seen..According to the magazine, Murdoch learned that Blair had visited Deng at the Carmel ranch on more than one occasion. Blair allegedly spent the weekend of April 27, 2013, with Deng at the property. Other sources are quoted as placing Blair and Deng at The Carlyle in New Yorka private yacht, and at Murdoch’s home in London.., on Deng gained press attention when she counter-attacked Jonathan May-Bowles, who pied her husband during a highly publicized testimony before a British parliamentary committee in the News International phone hacking scandal..May-Bowles was sentenced to six weeks’ imprisonment.. The incident was televised and her fame spread, even back to her native China..., it's very important you understand what is happening.. This is real.. It's not a dream, it's not drugs or anesthetics..Frankly, Dr. Norton and the Omni Foundation are the leaders in this field...
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