Musk, the co-founder of Tesla Inc., allegedly had an affair with Brin’s wife Nicole Shanahan in early December in Miami, according to the Journal, citing unidentified sources familiar with the situation. This effectively ended Musk’s 51-year friendship with Brin, who assisted the electric carmaker during the 2008 financial crisis. In January, Brin, 48, had filed for a divorce from Shanahan.
Musk stated that the Journal’s story was false in a tweet to his more than 100 million followers. Musk stated that he has only seen Brin’s wife twice in three years, both times in public, and that there was “nothing romantic” between the two. Musk also stated that he remains friends with Brin.
According to the Journal, Brin instructed his advisers to sell his personal investments in Musk’s companies in recent months after learning of his brief affair with his wife.
The size of Brin’s personal investments in Musk’s companies is unknown, and it’s unclear whether any sales have occurred, according to the newspaper.
In 2019, Nicole Shanahan and Sergey Brin were photographed in Mountain View, California. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Musk is the world’s richest person, with a fortune of $242 billion. Brin is the eighth-richest person in the world, with a net worth of $94.6 billion.
The alleged affair is the most recent revelation about Musk’s personal life. He became the father of the twins born to a senior executive at his artificial intelligence startup Neuralink earlier this year, as per the reports.
According to Insider, another of Musk’s companies, SpaceX, paid an employee $250,000 to settle a claim she was sexually harassed by Musk in 2016. Musk called the accusations “utterly false” and intended to derail his acquisition of Twitter Inc., which he is now attempting to terminate.
Despite a prenuptial agreement, Brin and Shanahan are currently negotiating a settlement, with Shanahan seeking more than $1 billion, according to the Journal.