According to those acquainted with the situation, Elon Musk briefly had an affair with Sergey Brin’s wife in the fall of last year, which led to the Google co-founder filing for divorce early this year and ruining their friendship.
Their falling out is only one of several personal problems Mr. Musk has had to deal with while juggling corporate difficulties including production delays at Tesla Inc. TSLA 0.20 percent and a legal battle over his wish to renounce his $44 billion bid for Twitter Inc.
According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Mr. Brin is ranked eighth globally with $95 billion, while Mr. Musk is ranked first with an estimated fortune of $240 billion.
Among the most well-known businessmen in the country, Mr. Brin and Mr. Musk were longstanding friends. According to Mr. Musk, he used to frequently crash at Mr. Brin’s home in Silicon Valley for years.
While Tesla was trying to raise production during the 2008 financial crisis, Mr. Brin gave Mr. Musk around $500,000 for the company. Mr. Musk gifted one of Tesla’s first all-electric sport utility cars to Mr. Brin in 2015.
According to the persons familiar with the situation, there has been an increase in friction between the two men and their teams in recent months. Some of those sources claimed that Mr. Brin had instructed his financial advisors to sell his individual holdings in Mr. Musk’s enterprises. It was impossible to determine the size of those investments or whether there have
According to documents submitted to Santa Clara County Superior Court, Mr. Brin filed for divorce from Nicole Shanahan in January of this year, citing “irreconcilable disagreements.” According to those persons, Mr. Brin filed for divorce many weeks after learning about the brief relationship.
According to a close friend of Ms. Shanahan, Mr. Brin and his wife were divorced but still cohabitating at the time of the alleged relationship in early December. Mr. Brin listed December 15, 2021 as the date of the couple’s separation in the divorce petition.
Mr. Brin’s attorney declined to comment. A statement from Mr. Musk was not forthcoming. Requests for response from Ms. Shanahan’s spokesman, who oversees a foundation devoted to reproductive rights, went unanswered as well.