Report: Elon Musk’s alleged affair with the wife of the Google co-founder led to a divorce
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A report published on Sunday said the alleged affair between Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk with the wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin led to the couple’s divorce earlier this year.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Brin, who co-founded Google with Larry Page in 1998, filed for divorce from his wife, Nicole Shanahan of nearly four years, in January, just weeks after learning she had a brief affair with Musk in December. .
Citing several people familiar with the matter, the newspaper reported that the connection between Musk and Shanahan occurred during an Art Basel event in Miami – and shortly after Brin and his wife separated but they still live together.
The divorce lawsuit in the Santa Clara County Superior Court mentions “irreconcilable differences.” As the mediation continues, Shanahan is seeking $1 billion, far more than she is owed under a prenuptial agreement. But her lawyers say she signed a prenuptial agreement under pressure while pregnant with their now 3-year-old daughter, and that $1 billion is just a small part of Brin’s $95 billion fortune.
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Musk reportedly apologized to Brin and begged forgiveness, but their camaraderie one day took a turn as Brin over the past several months ordered his financial advisors to sell his personal investments in Musk’s companies.
The magazine reported that Brin gave Musk $500,000 to use to help keep Tesla afloat during the 2008 financial crisis, and in return, Musk gifted Brin one of Tesla’s first all-electric sports cars in 2015. Musk also regularly stayed at the Silicon Valley Brin page Main.
Musk is the richest person in the world with an estimated fortune of about $240 billion. With an estimated fortune of $95 billion, Brin is the eighth richest person in the world, according to Bloomberg.
Musk got into a legal battle with Twitter after backing out of a $44 billion takeover deal earlier this month. His personal life also came to light after news emerged that he had given birth to twins with Shivon Zilis, a senior executive at one of his companies, Neuralink, who was born last fall.
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Last fall, Musk also described him as quitting with his girlfriend back again, Claire Boucher, better known as singer Grimes, but they still welcomed their second child via a surrogate in December. In June, another of Musk’s children sought to change his gender to be female and cut ties with her father.