Who Is Nicole Shanahan Allegedly Having An Affair With Elon Musk?

Silicon Valley entrepreneur and philanthropist Nicole Shanahan recently made headlines after a Wall Street Journal report claimed she allegedly had a brief fling with billionaire Elon Musk in December last year while she was still dating the Google co-founder and Musk’s longtime friend Sergey Brin.

However, the 33-year-old is more than just the estranged wife of a business magnate.

Shanahan has a law degree in high-tech law, intellectual property and litigation from Santa Clara University School of Law, according to her LinkedIn profile.

She also received a law degree in exchange, global intellectual property and Chinese law from the National University of Singapore in 2013.

Shanahan is the founder of the Bia-Echo Foundation, which has committed $100 million to social programs focused on efforts like improving the criminal justice system and tackling climate change, according to Business Insider.

In addition to the Bia-Echo Foundation, Shanahan also founded ClearAccessIP, a Palo Alto, California-based legal tech company that helps patent owners manage and monetize their intellectual property rights.

The California-based attorney is also an academic associate of CodeX, or the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics, a center jointly operated by Stanford Law School and the Stanford Computer Science Department.

There, Shanahan launched the Smart Prosecution project, which her CodeX profile described as “a multidisciplinary effort to apply data science to the law enforcement process, involving partnerships with prosecutors and community organizations.”

Shanahan is a supporter of left-leaning organizations and Democratic political candidates, The Straits Times reported.

Before meeting Brin at a yoga retreat in 2015, Shanahan was married to a finance executive, the Wall Street Journal reported.

She and Brin were first spotted together at the wedding of Alexandra Chong, the CEO of the now-defunct dating app Lulu.

Shanahan struggled to conceive in her 30s, and she spoke about her fertility struggles in a speech at the opening of the Center for Female Reproductive Longevity and Equality in 2019, according to a report by Page Six of the New York Post.

“Like many women who aren’t quite ready to start a family in their early 30s, I decided, or so I thought at the time, to take matters into my own hands and freeze embryos. However, after three failed attempts at embryo creation and three dozen visits to in vitro fertilization clinics in the Bay Area, I’ve learned that I wasn’t nearly as steadfast as I thought I was,” Shanahan said.

Despite their struggles, Shanahan and Brin welcomed a daughter in 2018.

Speaking of her recent divorce filing, Shanahan told news website Puck this month, “I hope Sergey and I move forward with dignity, honesty and harmony for the sake of our child. And we are both working towards that.”


Sergey Brin co-founded Google with Larry Page in 1998 and today has a net worth of $86.5 billion
Sergey Brin co-founded Google with Larry Page in 1998 and today has a net worth of $86.5 billion
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