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Rupert Murdoch's spring romance: News Corp. buys Harlequin books
Rupert Murdoch's spring romance: News Corp. buys Harlequin books

Even a brutal year in the love department hasn't shaken Rupert Murdoch's belief in romance. The billionaire mogul's publishing company News Corp. on Friday said that it has agreed to purchase Harlequin Enterprises from Torstar Corp. for about $415 million in cash. Harlequin, the world's leading publisher of bodice-ripping romance novels, will be folded into News Corp.'s book publishing unit, HarperCollins. Harlequin will remain headquartered in Toronto. Last year, Murdoch divorced his third wife, Wendi Deng, 45, amid allegations of her infidelity.  The 83-year-old press baron met the Chinese-born Deng during a business trip in 1997 to News Corp.'s...

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