Elon Musk has already refuted the allegation made this weekend by The Wall Street Journal that he and Nicole Shanahan had an illicit relationship.
California: Sergey Brin and Elon Musk, two of the richest men in the world, have a dispute that has put Silicon Valley businesswoman and philanthropist Nicole Shanahan in the spotlight.
Despite being married for over three years, Nicole Shanahan and Sergey Brin announced in June that they will be divorcing due to “irreconcilable issues.” This past weekend, the Wall Street Journal published a story alleging that Musk and Shanahan had an adulterous relationship. Mr. Musk has subsequently refuted this claim.
According to the story, Ms. Shanahan and Mr. Brin have a prenuptial agreement and are currently discussing the terms of their divorce, in which she is asking for more than $1 billion. That might put her divorce settlement on par with those of the wealthy billionaires MacKenzie Scott and Melinda Gates.
Shanahan established ClearAccessIP, a Palo Alto-based company that aids patent owners in managing and monetizing their intellectual property rights. Shanahan is currently an attorney and a research fellow at CodeX, the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics. Competitor IPwe purchased it in 2020.
Shanahan, a daughter of Chinese immigrants, has spoken of growing up on state assistance and having a maid for a mother. She graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Washington State, where she majored in economics, Asian studies, and Mandarin Chinese, according to her LinkedIn profile. She attended the National University of Singapore for a short time while an exchange student while obtaining her law degree at Santa Clara University.
In 2019, Ms. Shanahan established her own foundation, Bia-Echo, and made a $100 million donation to causes like criminal justice reform and reproductive longevity, which is the availability of medical technology that allow women to have children later in life. She also backs Democratic political candidates and left-leaning groups.
In an interview with Puck this month, Shanahan stated, “I want to get the word out that and ensure everyone that I am devoted as ever to committing my life’s work to social justice, climate solutions, and a smart, caring democracy. And as I move over this divide, I truly believe that I am feeling pretty enthusiastic about how I might develop in this capacity.