Wendi Deng Murdoch is not new to scandals. She married Rupert Murdoch in June 1999, just 17 days after his divorce from his second wife of 31 years, Anna Murdoch, had been finalized.
Millions of people saw as comedian/activist Jonnie Marbles attempted to throw a shaving cream pie at Murdoch during the select committee hearing last week about the phone-hacking scandal.
But Metro.co.uk reports Marbles was quickly intercepted by Deng, who leapt from her seat and hit Marbles in the head with her palm before trying to push the pie back in Marbles’ face.
Some microbloggers in China are saying Deng’s marriage to Murdoch is all about money. But according to CNN, many Chinese are speaking highly of Deng.
"I used to think Deng only loves Murdoch's money. But her move was so fast and was instinct. This may actually be true love!" one woman said. Another said, "I admire her courage. She did this out of her obligation and responsibility as a wife."
The Telegraph reports she was born Deng Wen Di in the eastern Chinese city of Xuzhou, the daughter of an engineer. In 1987 she met an American couple from Los Angeles, Jake and Joyce Cherry. She stayed in the United States to work and study through a visa the couple sponsored.
After the Cherry's marriage ended, Deng and Jake Cherry married, but divorced in less than three years.
According to ABC News, Deng is 42, and has been married to the 80-year old Murdoch for 12 years. She has two children with Murdoch, Grace Helen, nine, and Chloe, six.
Deng is a graduate of Yale University business school, and a former News Corp. employee who has worked as the head of MySpace’s China operation, which was purchased by Murdoch in 2005.