Wendi Deng is one of the most talked-about women in the world right now.
She is also, according to Empty Lighthouse magazine, “the woman who juggled three of the most powerful men in the world”: Rupert Murdoch, Tony Blair and Vladimir Putin. At one point, there was never a week without her name popping up in the society and gossip pages of everything from tabloids to top-level national dailies.
Then, during the first week of September 2016, the story took a new twist.
On his campaign trail, US Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump unexpectedly praised Russian President Vladimir Putin as a better leader than Barack Obama. The controversial statement led journalists to investigate and search for a possible link between Trump and Putin, and an Instagram post by Trump’s daughter Ivanka may have shed some light on the situation. Taking a break from the campaign trail, Ivanka shared a scenic snap shot with Wendi Deng from Dubrovnik in Croatia.
“The rumour circulating around the corridors of power— from Washington, DC, to that Vladimir Putin and Wendi Deng, Rupert Murdoch’s ex-wife, are dating”
According to Vanity Fair, “The two make for an interesting pairing. Deng, who was married to and subsequently divorced from conservative media billionaire Rupert Murdoch, had reportedly been romantically linked with Vladimir Putin.” Of course, the rumoured Putin connection has likely nothing to do with Trump, but that doesn’t mean that the dots were not easy enough to connect. The piece of news lauded Deng’s other fortes—those of matchmaking and relationship management—and this time in political circles.
Wendi Deng intervened when Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner broke up in 2008. According to The New Yorker’s August 22 profile of the two, Deng invited Ivanka and Jared to her then-husband Rupert Murdoch’s yacht Vertigo in an attempt to reconcile their broken relationship. However, she didn’t alert the real estate heirs that she had invited both of them to the 837-tonne yacht that won the Sailing Yacht of the Year trophy in 2012.
The world of Wendi Deng is a sphere that whirls around billionaires, powerful figures and yachts, it seems. The first news about the romance between the Asian beauty and the Russian president surfaced in April 2016, when a number of publications talked about the first date between Deng and Putin.
Read the full article of Wendy Deng in Indonesia Tatler November 2016 edition.