Who is Nicole Shanahan? Google co-founder Brin’s wife reportedly dating Elon Musk

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Nicole Shanahan, a Silicon Valley businesswoman and philanthropist, has reportedly become the focal point of a dispute between Google co-founder Sergey Brin and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, two of the world’s wealthiest people. . Despite being married for more than three years, Shanahan and Brin announced in June that they would be separating due to “irreconcilable differences.” According to a report from Wall Street Journal (WSJ), the couple decided to separate because Shanahan allegedly had an extramarital affair with Musk. However, the Tesla chief flatly denied the allegations.

Who is Nicole Shanahan?

Shanahan, a California-based lawyer and researcher at CodeX, was the founder of ClearAccessIP. It is a Palo Alto-based company that assists patent holders with the management and monetization of their intellectual property rights. However, it was bought out by rival IPwe in 2020. She graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Washington, where she majored in economics, Asian studies and Mandarin Chinese. According to her LinkedIn profile, Shanahan also attended the National University of Singapore for a short time as an exchange student while earning her law degree at Santa Clara University.

The Google co-founder’s ex-wife is also the founder and director of the Bia-Echo charitable foundation, which campaigns for changes in the criminal justice system. The company also promotes a sustainable future and supports research into reproductive lifespan and fertility for women in their mid-30s.

“Like many women who aren’t quite ready to start a family in their early thirties, I decided, or so I thought at the time, to take matters into my own hands and freeze some embryos. However, after three failed attempts at making embryos and three dozen visits to in vitro fertilization clinics in the Bay Area, I learned that I wasn’t as rock solid as I thought I was,” said she said, according to the New York Post.

Shanahan married Brin in 2018

It is relevant to mention here that Shanahan got married to Brin in 2018 and then gave birth to a baby girl in the same year. Prior to her relationship with the Google co-founder, Shanahan was married to a financial executive. According to WSJ report, her alleged affair with Musk began in December 2021, when they met at the annual Art Basel event, an exhibition hosted by international galleries and panel discussions attended by wealthy collectors. While Brin filed for divorce last year, Shanahan is now reportedly seeking more than $1 billion from the Google co-founder, who has a net worth of $90 billion.

(Image: AP/@NicoleShanahan/Twitter)

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