Google co-founder Sergey Brin filed for divorce after studying that his spouse cheated on him with Elon Musk — whose electric-car firm Tesla was propped up by Brin in the course of the 2008 monetary disaster, in accordance with a bombshell report Sunday.
The 2 tech titans had been longtime pals — with Musk saying that for years he commonly crashed at Brin’s Silicon Valley house — till the Tesla founder’s transient fling with Nicole Shanahan final 12 months, the Wall Street Journal said.
Brin and Shanahan had been separated however nonetheless residing collectively on the time of the affair in December, an individual near her informed the Journal.
Brin, who’s value $95 billion, filed for divorce in January, citing “irreconcilable variations.”
The submitting got here a number of weeks after Brin came upon that Shanahan connected with the world’s richest man, folks conversant in the matter informed the Journal.
Brin additionally ordered his monetary advisers to liquidate his investments in Musk’s numerous corporations amid rising stress between the billionaires, sources informed the Journal.
In 2008, Brin offered Musk with a $500,000 lifeline for Tesla when it was struggling to extend manufacturing amid the Nice Recession.
Musk, now value $253 billion, later rewarded Brin by giving him certainly one of Tesla’s first all-electric SUVs. Musk, a 51-year-old divorcee, has fathered 10 kids, the primary of whom died of sudden-infant-death syndrome in 2002.
5 of the opposite children had been born to Musk’s ex-wife, Justin Wilson. Musk additionally fathered three kids with Canadian singer Grimes — one born by a surrogate — and earlier this month, he confirmed having twins with an executive at his brain-chip company Neuralink.
These kids had been born simply weeks earlier than Grimes gave delivery to the second of their children.
“Doing my finest to assist the underpopulation disaster,” Musk tweeted July 7.
“A collapsing delivery fee is the largest hazard civilization faces by far.”
A lawyer for Brin declined to remark, the Journal stated.
Neither Musk nor a spokeswoman for Shanahan, who runs a basis centered on reproductive justice, responded to requests for remark, the Journal stated.