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Rupert Murdoch says his recent divorce was caused by his hectic schedule.

The 68-year-old media mogul said in the October issue of Vanity Fair that the separation from his wife of 31 years, Anna, "was progressive."

He was moving from New York to Los Angeles, resulting in "traveling a lot and (being) very obsessed with business . . . at a time when our children were grown up and home was suddenly an empty nest."

"I have great respect for Anna," he said. "She is very intelligent and gave me some of the best years of my life. I wish her the very best."

Murdoch said he was already separated when he met his new wife, Wendi Deng, while she was working for Star TV, Murdoch's Asian satellite network. They were married in June.

The new Mrs. Murdoch is home now decorating their apartment but is "free to choose" between a job and "travel with me."

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