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Meet Wendi Deng

by Jorge Hernandez on July 21, 2011

Wendi Deng was introduced to much of the world when she was seen sitting behind her husband, media mogul Rupert Murdoch, at the British Parliamentary hearings about the News of the World's corrupt and illegal practices. Besides her scowl and rigid pose, it was difficult for viewers to get an impression of her. 

That all changed when a man tried to throw a pie of shaving cream into Murdoch's face. In a flash, Deng broke from her formal posture and ended up slapping her husband's assailant away with impressive speed and force.

CNN.com reports that many bloggers – and Tweeters – erupted about the incident, labeling Deng as "Crouching Wendi: Hidden Tiger." Others have taken the maneuver as a thing to be proud about.

"The harder she slapped, the more we can tell how eager she was to protect her husband… she is still a woman who longs for love," blogger MissQccc wrote, the news source reports.

But that doesn't get to the core of the issue – who is Wendi Deng and how does her role unfold as Murdoch faces one of the biggest scandals in the history of his empire?

Deng, now 42, is a native of China. She is the third of four children and her father worked at the People's Machinery Works as an engineer. In 1987, Deng asked an American couple for tutoring lessons in English and left a medical college in China for the United States a year later.

She received a Bachelor's degree in economics from California State University at Northridge and an M.B.A from the Yale School of Management. She became an intern at News Corp subsidiary Star TV. In 1997, she met Rupert Murdoch at a News Corp. party and the couple married in 1999. 

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