Musk, the co-founder of Tesla Inc., had an alleged liaison in early December in Miami with Brin‘Wife of Nicole ShanahanThe magazine said, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter. That ended a long friendship between Musk, 51, and Brin, who helped support the electric carmaker during the 2008 financial crisis. Brin, 48, filed for divorce from Shanahan in May. January.
Musk said in a post on Twitter, where he has more than 100 million followers, that the Journal’s story is untrue. Musk said he has seen his wife Brin twice in three years, both times in the presence of other people and there is nothing “romantic” between the two. Musk also said he’s still friends with Brin.
@WholeMarsBlog This is the total number of bs. Sergey and I are friends and attended a party together last night! I just saw… https://t.co/YQ57OCjTuf
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 1658714371000
Brin instructed his advisers to sell his personal investments in Musk’s companies in recent months after learning he had a brief affair with his wife, according to the Journal.
The size of Brin’s personal investments in Musk’s companies is not known, and it’s not clear whether there have been any sales, the newspaper said.
Nicole Shanahan and Sergey Brin in Mountain View, California in 2019. Musk is the richest person in the world with a fortune of $242 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Brin is the eighth richest person, with a net worth of $94.6 billion.
The alleged incident is the latest in a string of revelations about Musk’s personal life. Report earlier this year said he had become the father of twins born to a senior executive at his artificial intelligence startup Neuralink.
Another of his companies, SpaceX, paid an employee $250,000 to settle a complaint that she was sexually harassed by Musk in 2016, according to Insider. Musk said the accusations were “completely untrue” and were designed to interfere with the acquisition of Twitter Inc. his, a deal he’s currently trying to get out of.
Brin and Shanahan are currently negotiating a settlement, with Shanahan seeking more than $1 billion, the Journal said, although a prenuptial agreement was in place.