While Rupert Murdoch is happily married to Jerry Hall (with these pictures on the beach to prove it), his ex-wife Wendi Deng Murdoch is living it up in New York, with social and business contacts that show that she was never happy to be anyone’s sidekick. Her powerful friendships have hit the spotlight since Ivanka Trump posted a photo of herself and Wendi holidaying in Croatia this week:

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In a profile of Wendi in a recent edition of US Vogue, it’s reported that she was the one who introduced Ivanka Trump to her husband:

“She is a legendary matchmaker; a friend told me that whenever a famous person is dating another famous person, chances are that Wendi Murdoch brought them together. (Recent success stories: Anne Wojcicki, the tech entrepreneur and ex-wife of Sergey Brin, and the baseball player Alex Rodriguez; Xin Li, the model turned Christie’s power broker, and the music mogul Lyor Cohen; Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.)”

Wendi also addresses the rumours that she is dating Russian President Vladimir Putin in the article, saying she had never met him:

“‘I’ve never met Putin,’ she says. ‘But wow, so much press about it. Why did they choose me?’”

Ivanka Trump and Wendi Murdoch have featured in each other’s Instagram feeds before, but this latest image comes after presidential candidate Donald Trump’s links to the Russian President have also been probed by the press. Conspiracy theories are already running hot, but if Wendi hasn’t even met Putin, maybe now is the time for some cold water.

Peter Fray

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