Elon Musk, a cryptocurrency advocate, played the proverbial fire with the wife of his close friend, Sergey Brin, who co-founded Google in 1998.
It was in the fall last year that the extramarital canoodling with Nicole Shanahan started, the Journal said.
According to the publication’s sources, tensions between the two billionaires and their respective teams have increased since the reported tryst in December 2021.
Both Musk and Brin are among the top 10 wealthiest individuals in the world, and both have a long history in Silicon Valley.
In 2018, during the economic meltdown, Brin provided Musk with approximately $500,000 in additional cash for Tesla, while in 2015, Musk gave Brin one of Tesla’s first all-electric SUVs as a gift, the Journal reported.
At the time of the affair in December, Brin and Shanahan were separated but still living together, according to sources cited by the Journal. Brin, who married Shanahan in 2018, filed for divorce in January, just weeks after the romance became public knowledge.
“For the sake of our child, I hope that Sergey and I will move on with dignity, honesty, and peace. And we are both working towards it,” Shanahan was quoted by Vanity Fair as saying.
The Journal report was followed by a tweet by the New York Post, on Monday:
Brin cited “irreconcilable issues” as the reason for his separation from Shanahan, according to the grapevines, which also disclosed that the couple had joint assets, the division of which was “to be resolved.”
In addition, Brin requested shared custody of their daughter. Furthermore, he said he’s not requesting spousal support from Shanahan and asked that she not receive it either.
Musk’s “short affair” occurred many months after he ended his relationship with singer Grimes, with whom he shares children.
The SpaceX big boss has a total of 10 offspring, including one who just made an identity change and publicly disowned the tycoon.
In a related development, Elon’s dad, Erroll Musk, revealed in an interview with The Sun that he was asked by a group of people to donate his sperm in order to “build more Elon Musks.”
According to Elon’s father, the plan was to “impregnate upper-class women” and produce a “new generation of Elon Musks.”
In a Rolling Stone profile from 2017, Errol Musk is said to have a genius-level IQ and was reputedly South Africa’s youngest qualified engineer.
In terms of his involvement with cryptocurrency, Musk’s crypto-related tweets are religiously followed by his devoted supporters. Within hours, a single comment about a cryptocurrency like Dogecoin might have a favorable effect on the meme coin’s price. The billionaire is a self-proclaimed “Dogefather.”
Meanwhile, Brin reportedly instructed his financial advisers to liquidate all of his assets in Elon Musk’s firms after realizing that his wife Shanahan had cheated on him.