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Tycoon Elon Musk has denied having a love affair with Nicole Shbahan, former wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin, and that this relationship had precipitated the divorce between the two, as reported yesterday by The Wall Street Journal.
On Twitter, Musk said, “Sergey and I are friends and were together at a party last night.”
“I’ve only seen Nicole twice in three years, both times with many other people around. Nothing romantic,” he explained.
According to The Wall Street Journal, which quoted people familiar with the matter, the love affair between Musk and Shbahan ended the Tesla leader’s long friendship with the Google co-founder.
The newspaper recalls that Musk, considered the wealthiest person on the planet, and Brin, the eighth, with multi-million fortunes, acknowledged that for years he regularly visited Brin at his home in Silicon Valley (California).
This friendship extended to business, when during the economic crisis of 2008, Brin contributed some 500,000 dollars to Tesla, when the luxury electric vehicle company was trying to increase its production.
According to sources cited by The Wall Street Journal, tensions between the two tycoons have increased in recent months. Brin has ordered his financial advisors to sell their personal investments in Musk’s companies.
The divorce court documents, filed last January, cite “irreconcilable differences” between the couple as the reason for the separation.
The WSJ claims that Brin and Shbahan had been separated for a year but living together at the time of the alleged affair, which occurred in early December.