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Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, has denied having an affair with Sergey Brin’s wife, Nicole Shanahan, a co-founder of Google.
An astonishing Wall Street Journal report published on Sunday claims Elon Musk had a brief liaison with Sergey Brin’s wife last fall. Furthermore, the Journal claims that the relationship between Brin and Nicole Shanahan was broken up as a result of the affair, which also caused Brin to divorce Nicole Shanahan earlier this year. Musk refuted the report, though.
After reading in the Wall Street report that his friendship with Mr. Brin had terminated due to the alleged affair, Mr. Musk made his remarks. In response to a tweet containing a link to the article, Mr. Musk called the report “absolute bs.”
Mr. Musk continued by claiming that he and Mr. Brin are still good friends and that they had just attended a party together.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Mr. Musk had a brief liaison with Ms. Shanahan in the latter part of last year, citing sources familiar with the situation.
The lengthy friendship between the two well-known technology millionaires came to an end as a result, according to the newspaper, which led Mr. Brin to file for divorce early this year. However, Mr. Musk wrote, “In three years, Nicole and I have only met twice, and both times, there were many other people there. Nothing romantic”.
The Wall Street Journal citing a source close to Ms. Shanahan, said that Mr. Brin and his wife now live apart, but they were still together at the time of the alleged affair in December.
According to the newspaper, Mr. Brin and Ms. Shanahan are currently negotiating a divorce settlement that could total $1 billion (£830 million) despite having a prenuptial agreement.
According to her LinkedIn page, Ms. Shanahan is an attorney based in California and the founder of the Bia-Echo Foundation and legal technology startup ClearAccessIP. An organization that supports “reproductive longevity & equality, criminal justice reform, and a healthy & livable earth” is called the Bia-Echo Foundation.
Mr. Musk, who also serves as the CEO of the rocket company SpaceX, is well recognized for the way he runs his several businesses, but he has also sparked curiosity in his personal life from the media. For example, in tweets earlier this month, he appeared to confirm rumors that he and Shivon Zilis, an executive at his technology company Neuralink, had twins in late 2021.
This information surfaced a few weeks after it became known that his daughter Vivian had made efforts to sever her relationship with him, stating she no longer wanted to “be associated with my biological father in any way, shape, or form.”
Currently, Mr. Musk is involved in a court battle over his abandoned $44 billion attempt to acquire Twitter. The social media giant filed a lawsuit against him earlier this month after he declared he was abandoning his plan to acquire the company.
According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Mr. Musk has the largest estimated fortune in the world, which is more than $240 billion.
Musk and Brin, a friendship from way back
Longtime pals Brin and Musk apparently shared a bed at Brin’s house in Silicon Valley. Since the founding of the automaker that Musk controls in 2003, Brin, the seventh-richest person in the world with a net worth of $95 billion, has invested in Tesla many times. In 2006, Brin and Larry Page, the other co-founder of Google, contributed to a $40 million fundraising round. According to Ashlee Vance in his 2015 biography of Musk, Musk issued requests for funding to numerous pals when Tesla was in need of money in 2008. As a result, $500k was invested by Brin.
The Journal reported that Musk apologized to Brin at a party earlier this year but that despite acknowledging the apology, Brin isn’t on regular speaking terms with Musk.
Inquiries from the BBC for comments were not immediately answered by Ms. Shanahan, Mr. Brin, or Google.