After the uproar so far this freaky year — in which he admitted to secretly fathering twins with a co-worker, swooped in to buy Twitter, walked out of a deal, then watched as his child tried to change his name because he wanted nothing to do with them. He – you might think this couldn’t possibly be another twist in Elon Musk’s amazing life story.
However, it is. As of yesterday, the Wall Street Journal aired what is surely the ultimate story of infidelity at the billionaire level: Musk, the world’s richest man, had a ‘short’ affair with the wife of his longtime friend and sometime business associate, Sergey Brin.
Brin is the seventh richest person in the world.
According to the WSJ, the affair took place in December of last year and immediately led to the breakup of Brin’s marriage to stunning brunette Nicole Shanahan, Brin’s second wife and mother of his young daughter.
Nicole Shanahan and Sergey Brin married in 2018 but filed for divorce in December 2021 due to ‘irreconcilable differences’.
Elon Musk’s alleged affair with the wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin broke up last year, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Shanahan works for the firm Bia-Eco, an investment firm whose interests include ‘reproductive longevity and equality’.
The couple have a daughter together who was born in late 2018 (pictured in September 2021).
Brin, a popularly fun tech tycoon, filed for divorce from her in January, citing irreconcilable differences.
The duo was widely regarded as one of the most glamorous in the tech world, not to mention one of the world’s most powerful.
In the months since, Brin has steadily divested all of his investments in Musk’s many businesses.
You can’t blame him for that.
If the reported case is true, it is surely the biggest act of personal betrayal in the history of the billionaire boys club.
Tech genius Brin loaned Musk $500,000 to keep his company Tesla from going bankrupt 14 years ago at the height of the 2008 financial crisis. Musk previously said he was used to Brin’s home when he was in the middle of the house or just in the mood.
Musk (far right) with Brin in the early 2000s. The affair reportedly brought an abrupt end to their friendship
The two men were such good friends that Brin was among those invited to celebrate Musk’s 40th birthday – aboard the Orient Express in 2010.
Elon Musk said he wanted the party to be ‘the wildest party the Orient Express has ever seen’ and ‘I love wild parties.’ At the time, Musk was on his second wife and Brin was still with his first.
The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this year that one party source claimed that Musk got down on one knee in front of Brin to apologize.
Brin reportedly accepted the apology, but is still not speaking regularly with Musk, sources told the newspaper.
Brin was at Musk’s wedding to Tallulah Riley in 2010, and as a wedding gift he loaned Musk the use of a ‘Google Party Plane’ to fly his guests to the event in Scotland.
However, it seems that there is no respect among technologists, at least when it comes to Musk, one of the most charming men in the world.
Oysters have been featured in Mykonos earlier this summer. He was without days to spend on the boat with friends. Well, he’s been put down by Hollywood super agent Ari Emanuel
A Bollywood kid, autistic and troubled, some of his recent ambitions include colonizing Mars, saving the world from the effects of climate change, helping Ukraine defeat Putin’s invasion forces, and allowing a direct interface between the human brain and artificial intelligence.
While his achievements in business may not be touted, he is now a 51-year-old father of ten and almost as famous for his outrageously unconventional love life as his staggering fortune ($253 billion).
The timing of the last libidinous explosion is such that they almost require a color coded power point.
As for December 2021, the month in which Musk is said to have bedded Brin’s wife, he was also celebrating the arrival of a baby via surrogate with his on-and-off girlfriend, singer Grimes.
Grimes, who described his arrangement as ‘very fluid’, already had a son with Kasturi named Æ A-Xii (pronounced ‘X-Ash-A-12’). His daughter is Exa Dark Sidereal. They are known as X and Y for short.
Musk, left, with his ex-girlfriend Grimes. They have two children – a son, X Æ A-Xii (with right mask) and a daughter, Y
By the time their daughter was born, however, not only was Musk reportedly dating Mrs Brin, he was also a new father through another love interest – former executive Sivon Gillis, who gave birth to his twins – who have names. Not disclosed – in November 2021. She has been living with Musk at least part-time in a $4 million home in Austin, Texas.
After this news was published, he wrote on Twitter, ‘I am trying my best to solve the crisis of low population. Declining birth rate is the biggest threat civilization is facing.’
Former executive Shivonne Gillis had twins with Elon Musk
In February of this year the spool moved on, and Musk once again moved on to current girlfriend Natasha Bassett.
Office and workaholic, with a teenage sense of humor, a thin thong and a dad bod, he is not anyone’s idea of Rudolph Valentino.
And yet, even before he was wildly wealthy, Musk was attractive to women.
First wife Justin said she was ‘alpha’ in their relationship during their first dance at their 2000 wedding and, if she was one of his employees, he constantly attracted her only to tell her he would fire her.
Justin described her as a domineering man who wanted a blonde trophy wife. They had five children; twins Griffin and Xavier (who changed her name to Vivian and now identifies as female), and triplets Kai, Damian and Saxon. Son Nevada died as an infant.
Vivian, 18, recently made a legal request to change her first name to her last name to indicate that she is transgender and that she ‘does not want to be associated with my biological father in any way, shape or form’.
His second wife was British actress Talulah Riley, who attended Cheltenham Ladies’ College and is one of the stars of the rebooted St Trinian’s films.
She told an interviewer that he warmed her to the idea of romance by showing her photos and videos of SpaceX rockets.
Shown above is Javier, who changed his name and gender to Vivian. This photo was taken in 2017 at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in Queensland, Australia when she was 12 years old.
Talulah Riley, his second wife (whom he married twice) and their twin sons Griffin, left, and Xavier, right, with Musk in 2010
Elon Musk started dating Amber Heard in 2017 after breaking up with Johnny Depp
They married and divorced twice, and had no children. He romanced actress Amber Heard in 2017 after her split from Johnny Depp.
Musk later admitted that he was ‘really in love’ and that it hurt ‘badly’ when he broke up with her. He said, ‘I have been in serious emotional pain for the past few weeks. Is there anyone you think I should date? I also find it difficult to meet people. I’m looking for a long-term relationship, I’m not looking for a one-night stand…If I’m not in love, if I’m not with a long-term partner, I can’t be happy.’
He recently teased that he secretly fathered twins with NeuroLink executive Sivon Gillis, tweeting that he’s repopulating Earth with more of his offspring. In another interview he described children as ‘pooping machines’ and agreed that he had limited input into his children’s lives when they were young.
And what about Brin? He is far less flamboyant than Musk, but remains one of the most important figures in Silicon Valley. Worth about 93 billion dollars, he moved from Russia to America at the age of 6.
His background is academic – his parents were a pair of Russian-Jewish scientists from Moscow.
They experienced prejudice in their home country, and immigrated when they were six years old with the help of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (a charity to which Brin gave $1 million in 2009).
Sergey Brin (L) and Larry Page founded Google in 1998 while they were PhD students at Stanford University in California.
A computer geek, his rise to fame began when he and Stanford classmate Larry Page decided to start a search engine company in the classmate’s sister’s garage. That woman was Anne Wojcicki, and she became his first wife. The company was originally named Back Rub; It became Google.
Google employs 55,000 people at its campus in Mountain View, California, and has expanded to include the email platform Gmail, the browser Chrome, Google Maps, Google News, and more. They also make Android, the world’s most popular mobile operating system.
There was free sushi at work, and employees could bring their pets. The company famously moved out of authoritarian China.
Bryn made a name for herself as Janelle Oddball – she was always more eager to party than Larry Page. Page goes to Davos, Brin will cruise with celebrities.
The company’s unofficial motto was ‘Don’t be evil’.
Their Google Earth Summit attracted speakers including a barefoot Prince Harry.
Brin’s nice guy image was tarnished in 2013 when he had an affair with 20 female executives involved in Google Glasses. She and Wojcicki, who had two young children together, divorced in 2015.
He was seen as happy with Nicole Shanahan, and his statements to the media when their split emerged were clearly sad – even regretful. Nicole said: ‘I hope that Sergey and I will move forward with dignity, integrity and harmony for the sake of our child. And we’re both moving towards that.’
One imagines that the global embarrassment now heaped on Brin’s head will become one of the greatest challenges he has ever faced.