The long term relationship between the currently world’s richest man, Elon Musk and Google co-founder, Sergey Brin has come to an end due to an alleged affair between the SpaceX boss and Brin’s wife, Nicole Shanahan.

This is according to a report released by Wall Street Journal on Sunday.

Quoting “people familiar with the matter”, WSJ noted that the brief affair which started on December 2021 triggered Brin to file for divorce in January 2022.

According to records filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court, Brin had filed for divorce from Shanahan citing “irreconcilable differences.”

According to the witnesses Brin filed for the divorce weeks after he knew about Musk’s affair with his wife.Though it was reported that Brin and his wife were separated but were still living together at that time, the Court gave December 15, 2021 as the date of the couple’s separation.

According to Bloomberg Billionaires Index,Elon Musk is the world’s richest person has an estimated fortune of $240 billion, and Brin, who ranks 18th world-wide, has $95 billion.WSJ noted that both of them were long term friends and Musk has regularly called at the Google co-founder’s house in Silicon Valley.

“Mr. Brin provided Mr. Musk with about $500,000 for Tesla during the 2008 financial crisis, when the company was struggling to increase production. In 2015, Mr. Musk gave Mr. Brin one of Tesla’s first all-electric sport-utility vehicles,” the report added.

However, after the alleged affair, Brin reportedly ordered his financial advisers to sell his personal shares in Mr. Musk’s companies, though “it couldn’t be learned how large those investments are, or whether there have been any sales.”

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