(Bloomberg) — Elon Musk denied he had an affair with Sergey Brin’s spouse, after the Wall Street Journal reported that the liaison led the Google co-founder to promote his investments in Musk’s corporations.
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Musk, the co-founder of Tesla Inc., had an alleged liaison in early December in Miami with Brin’s spouse Nicole Shanahan, the Journal stated, citing unidentified individuals conversant in the matter. That ended the lengthy friendship between Musk, 51, and Brin, who helped help the electrical carmaker throughout the 2008 monetary disaster. Brin, 48, filed for divorce from Shanahan in January.
Musk stated in a submit on Twitter, the place he has greater than 100 million followers, that the Journal’s story was unfaithful. Musk stated he has seen Brin’s spouse twice in three years, each instances within the presence of different individuals, and there was “nothing romantic” between the pair. Musk additionally stated he’s nonetheless mates with Brin.
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Brin had instructed his advisers to promote his private investments in Musk’s corporations in current months after studying that he had a short affair along with his spouse, in response to the Journal.
The dimension of Brin’s private investments in Musk’s corporations isn’t recognized, and it’s unclear whether or not there have been any gross sales, the newspaper stated.
Musk is the world’s richest particular person with a $242 billion fortune, in response to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Brin is the eighth-wealthiest, with a web price of $94.6 billion.
The alleged affair is the most recent in a string of revelations about Musk’s private life. Reports earlier this 12 months stated he turned the daddy to twins born to a senior government at his synthetic intelligence startup Neuralink.
Another of his corporations, SpaceX, paid an worker $250,000 to settle a declare she was sexually harassed by Musk in 2016, in response to Insider. Musk stated the accusations have been “utterly untrue” and designed to intervene along with his acquisition of Twitter Inc., an settlement which he’s now attempting to exit.
Brin and Shanahan are at present negotiating a settlement, with Shanahan in search of greater than $1 billion, the Journal stated, regardless that there’s a prenuptial settlement.
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