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Elon Musk’s affair with Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s wife Nicole Shanahan ended long friendship: Report



The case is the latest in a string of revelations about Elon Musk’s personal life.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Google co-founder Sergey Brin instructed his advisors to sell his personal investments in Elon Musk’s companies in recent months after he had a brief affair with his wife.

The Journal, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter, said Tesla Inc. co-founder Musk had alleged contact with Nicole Shanahan in Miami in early December. It ended a long friendship between Musk, 51, and Brin, who helped support the electric car maker during the 2008 financial crisis. Brin, 48, filed for divorce from Shanahan in January.

The size of Brin’s personal investments in Musk’s companies is not known, and it is unclear whether any sales have taken place, the newspaper said.

According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Musk is the richest person in the world with a net worth of $242 billion. Brin is the eighth richest person with a net worth of $94.6 billion.

The case is the latest in a string of revelations about Musk’s personal life. Reports earlier this year said that he fathered twins to a senior executive at his artificial intelligence startup Neuralink.

Another of his company, SpaceX, paid an employee $250,000 to settle a sexual harassment claim by Musk in 2016, according to the insider. Musk said the allegations were “completely untrue” and designed to interfere with the acquisition of Twitter Inc., a settlement he is now trying to pull out of.

Musk’s affair with Shanahan took place in December at Art Basel in Miami, and Musk apologized to Brin at another event, according to the Journal.

Brin and Shanahan are currently negotiating a settlement, the Journal said, with Shanahan seeking more than $1 billion, albeit a prenuptial agreement.

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