Sergey Brin, a co-founder of Google, filed for divorce after learning that his wife had an extramarital affair with Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, which Brin allegedly bailed out during the 2008 financial crisis.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the two computer titans were longtime pals, with Musk claiming that for years he often stayed at Brin’s Silicon Valley house.
A person who was close to Brin at the time of the affair in December told the Journal that the couple had separated but were still living together.
“Irreconcilable differences” cited as the reason for Brin’s divorce filing in January.
According to those familiar with the incident, Brin learned about Shanahan’s relationship with the world’s richest man some weeks before the filing.
Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that Brin has directed his financial advisers to liquidate his investments in Musk’s different enterprises.
When Tesla was trying to raise production during the Great Recession in 2008, Brin gave Musk a $500,000 lifeline.
Brin was later given one of Tesla’s first all-electric SUVs by CEO Elon Musk, who is now worth an estimated $253 billion.
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, 51, was divorced and fathered ten children, the first of whom passed away in 2002 from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Musk’s ex-wife Justine Wilson gave birth to the other five children.
Along with the children he has with Canadian artist Grimes, Musk has also fathered two more children through surrogacy, and he announced earlier this month that he is the father of identical twins with an executive at his brain-chip firm, Neuralink.
He and Grimes welcomed their first child together just a few weeks before the birth of his second child with Grimes.
Musk wrote on Twitter on July 7 that he was “doing my best to solve the underpopulation crisis”.
“By far, the greatest threat civilization confronts is a decline in the birth rate.”
The Journal reported that Brin’s counsel refused to comment.
According to the Journal, neither Musk nor a spokesman for Shanahan, the head of a foundation dedicated to helping women have more children, responded to inquiries for comment.