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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has denied any relationship between himself and Nicole Shanahan, who is also the wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin.
According to a shocking Wall Street Journal article published on Sunday, Elon Musk had a brief liaison with the wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin last October. According to The Journal, the affair destroyed the relationship between Brin and Nicole Shanahan, which had been tight. Brin also filed for divorce from Shanahan earlier this year. The report was refuted by Musk, though.
The Wall Street Journal had already reported that Mr. Brin and Mr. Musk’s friendship had broken out due to the alleged affair when Mr. Musk made his remarks. Mr. Musk, via a tweet on Sunday, called the report “complete bs.” But then, Mr. Musk added that he and Mr. Brin are still good friends and that they recently attended a party together.
According to the Wall Street Journal, which cited persons with knowledge of the situation, Mr. Musk had a brief liaison with Ms. Shanahan in late 2017. The long-standing friendship between the two prominent technology millionaires was broken off as a result, according to the newspaper, and Mr. Brin filed for divorce early this year.
Mr. Musk nonetheless stated, “In three years, Nicole and I have only met twice, and both occasions have involved a large group of people. Nothing romantic”.
According to the Wall Street Journal, which cited a source close to Ms. Shanahan, Mr. Brin and his wife were living apart at the time of the alleged romance in December. Despite having a prenuptial agreement, Mr. Brin and Ms. Shanahan are reportedly currently discussing a divorce settlement that might total up to $1 billion (£830 million).
According to her LinkedIn page, Ms. Shanahan is a lawyer based in California and the founder of the Bia-Echo Foundation and legal technology startup ClearAccessIP. The Bia-Echo Foundation is a nonprofit group that advocates for “reproductive longevity & equality, criminal justice reform, and a healthy & living world.”
Mr. Musk, who also serves as the CEO of the rocket company SpaceX, is well known for the way he runs his several businesses, but he has also piqued the interest of the media with regard to his personal life. In tweets earlier this month, he appeared to confirm having twins in late 2021 with Shivon Zilis, a manager at his technology company Neuralink.
After it was made public that his daughter Vivian had taken steps to distance herself from him and stated that she no longer wanted to “be associated with my biological father in any manner, shape, or form,” this development occurred a few weeks later.
With his abandoned attempt to pay $44 billion to acquire Twitter, Mr. Musk is currently involved in a court battle. He revealed he was abandoning his intended takeover of the company earlier this month, and the social media platform immediately filed suit against him.
The Bloomberg Billionaires Index estimates that Mr. Musk is the richest person in the world, with a net worth of more than $240 billion.
Brin and Musk have between then years of personal and business relationship
Brin and Musk were close friends who had known each other for a long time. Brin’s Silicon Valley house is where Musk apparently slept frequently. Since the founding of Musk’s automaker in 2003, Brin, the seventh-richest person in the world with a net worth of $95 billion, has invested in Tesla on multiple occasions. Brin participated in a $40 million fundraising round in 2006 alongside his Google co-founder Larry Page. According to Ashlee Vance’s 2015 biography of Musk, while Tesla was in financial trouble in 2008, Musk appealed for financial support from a number of friends. As a result, $500k was committed by Brin.
BBC inquiries for comments on Ms. Shanahan, Mr. Brin, and Google were not immediately answered.