the love triangle that put Silicon Valley in check

businesswoman and philanthropist Nicole Shanahan Brin is at the height of a love triangle between her ex-husband and the Google founder, Sergey Brinand the billionaire and CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk. According to ‘Insider’, the 48-year-old billionaire Brin filed a petition to dissolve his marriage to Shanahan in January, citing “irreconcilable differences”. Shanahan and Brin tied the knot in a low-key ceremony in November 2018, after three years of a relationship that began, how could it be otherwise, between two top Silicon Valley executives at a luxurious yoga retreat .

Prior to Brin, Shanahan was married to another executive in the tech mecca of San Francisco according to the “New York Post.” Court documents show the couple have been separated since December 2021 and both retain joint custody of their two-year-old daughter. Despite initial difficulties getting pregnant, the couple welcomed a baby girl in 2018. Shanahan opened up about her fertility struggles in an emotional speech at the launch of the Center for Female Reproductive Equality and Longevity. “Like many women who are not ready to start a family in their thirties, I decided to freeze embryos. However, after three unsuccessful attempts and three dozen visits to IVF clinics, I discovered that I wasn’t as firm as I thought.”

Millionaire and activist

A lawyer and researcher at CodeX, the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics, Shanahan founded ClearAccess, a software company that uses artificial intelligence to manage patents, but sold it in 2020 during her brief marriage to Brin. The daughter of Chinese immigrants who grew up on public assistance while her mother worked as a domestic. This elite litigator speaks in her lectures about the importance of improving oneself and having the help of the state. A graduate with honors from the University of Puget Sound in Washington State, she studied economics, Asian studies and Mandarin Chinese. He then earned his law degree at Santa Clara University and spent a year as an exchange student at the National University of Singapore.

Nicole and Sergey got married in November 2018


Owner of a fortune valued at $5 billion, in 2019 Shanahan launched his own foundation, Bia-Echo, committing $100 million to reproductive longevity, access to medical technologies that help women have children in the future and criminal justice reform. An active contributor to leftist organizations and progressive Democratic political candidates, Nicole leans toward pro-women organizations. “I want to spread the word and assure everyone that I am committed to social justice, climate solutions, and thoughtful, caring democracy,” Shanahan said in an interview with broadcast news site Puck the month last. “After my separation, I feel very optimistic about the future” unknowingly revealed the media notoriety that his alleged romance with Musk would wake up the whole world.

Adventure with Musk

The alleged relationship between the two began in early December, Brin and Natalie were already separated but still living together, a source close to the couple told the ‘Wall Street Journal’. Brin filed for divorce weeks after learning of the affair and reportedly ended all business dealings with the Tesla CEO. The newspaper, speaking to people with knowledge of the incident, wrote that at a party, Musk knelt in front of Brin and apologized. After her divorce, Natalie claimed her dignity in an interview. “I hope Sergey and I move forward with dignity, honesty and harmony for the sake of our daughter. We are both working on it.”

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla


Elon Musk defended himself on the networks as best he could and shared a photo of himself with his “friend” Brin on Twitter on Sunday evening, after “The Wall Street Journal” reported that he had a alleged affair with Nicole. Musk emailed the photo and said, “I only took it two hours ago,” insisting it had nothing to do with Brin’s divorce. He also tweeted on Sunday evening that the Journal report was “a fucking lie. Sergey and I are friends and we were at a party together last night!”, he tweeted. “I’ve only seen Nicole twice in three years, both times with lots of other people around. Nothing romantic.” However, despite Musk claiming they are still friends, the Google co-founder has told his financial advisers to sell all of their investments in Elon Musk’s companies. The same unnamed sources who inform ‘The Wall Street Journal’ said the long friendship between Brin and Musk is at an all time high.

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