Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s alleged affair with the wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin led to the couple’s divorce earlier this year, according to a Sunday report.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Brin, who founded Google with Larry Page in 1998, filed for divorce in January from his wife, Nicole Shanahan, who was almost four years old, just weeks after learning she had was a short romance. with Musk in December.
Citing several people familiar with the matter, the newspaper reported that the collaboration between Musk and Shanahan happened at an Art Basel event in Miami – and shortly after Brin and his wife split but still lived together.
The divorce petition in Santa Clara County Superior Court mentions “irreconcilable differences”. As the mediation continues, Shanahan asks for $1 billion, much more than she is entitled to under the prenuptial agreement. But her lawyers say she forcibly signed the prenuptial agreement while pregnant with their three-year-old daughter, and that $1 billion is only a fraction of Brin’s $95 billion fortune.
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Musk reportedly apologized to Brin and asked for forgiveness, but their once-close friendship soured when Brin asked his financial advisers in recent months to sell his personal investments in Musk’s company.
The magazine reported that Brin gave Musk $500,000 to support Tesla during the 2008 financial crisis, and in return, Musk gave Brin one of Tesla’s first all-electric SUVs in 2015. Musk also regularly stayed at Brin’s home in Silicon Valley.
Musk is the richest man in the world, his fortune is estimated at $240 billion. With a net worth of $95 billion, Brin is the eighth richest person in the world, according to Bloomberg.
Musk is embroiled in a legal battle with Twitter after pulling out of a $44 billion acquisition earlier this month. His personal life has also come under the spotlight after it was revealed that he fathered twins with Siobhan Zilis, a senior executive at one of his companies, Neuralink, who was born last fall.
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Musk also split from girlfriend Claire Boucher, aka Grimes, last fall, but they welcomed their second child by surrogate in December. In June, another child Musk tried to change sex and break off relations with his father.
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