Elon Musk’s Affair With Google Co-Founder’s Wife Ended Friendship
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, has denied rumors that he had an affair with Sergey Brin’s wife, Nicole Shanahan.
Since the Wall Street Journal reported that Mr. Musk’s friendship with Mr. Brin had ended due to the alleged affair, Mr. Musk has addressed the matter publicly.
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Mr. Musk responded to a tweet with a link to the story by calling it “total bs.”
Mr. Musk continued, “Me and Mr. Brin were at a party together last night!”
Musk and Brin Ended Their Friendship
The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people with knowledge of the situation, that Mr. Musk had a brief affair with Ms. Shanahan.
According to the paper, this finally drove Mr. Brin to file for divorce earlier this year, ending their long friendship as two of the most prominent billionaires in the technology industry.
Mr. Musk, however, tweeted, “I’ve only seen Nicole twice in three years, both times with many other people around. Nothing romantic”.
The Wall Street Journal reported, citing a source close to Ms. Shanahan, that Mr. Brin and his wife had separated but were still living together at the time of the alleged affair in December.
Mr. Musk also said in a separate tweet, “WSJ [Wall Street Journal] has run so many bs hit pieces on me and Tesla I’ve lost count.”
Mr. Brin and Ms. Shanahan are reportedly negotiating a divorce settlement that could be worth as much as $1bn (£830m), despite having a prenuptial agreement.
According to her LinkedIn profile, Ms. Shanahan is a lawyer in California who started the legal technology firm ClearAccessIP and the Bia-Echo Foundation.
Mr. Musk, who also serves as CEO of rocket company SpaceX, is in the middle of a legal battle involving his failed attempt to acquire Twitter for $44 billion.
The social media platform filed suit against him earlier this month after he announced he was withdrawing his proposed takeover of the company.
According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Mr. Musk has a fortune of more than $240 billion, making him the wealthiest person in the world.
According to the same index, Mr. Brin is the eighth wealthiest person on the planet, with a net worth of approximately $95 billion.
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