Beyond the Elon Musk Hook-Up Scandal – Meet the Real Nicole Shanahan – The 33-year-old is a techie and a lawyer who began with a very humble and difficult childhood. Also a philanthropist, she has pledged $100 million towards women’s reproductive rights.
It looks like Elon Musk is the man of 2022 — but not for all good reasons. Recently, it has been reported that the Tesla founder may have an extramarital affair with Nicole Shanahan, the wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin.
The news broke after the Wall Street Journal reported that her friendship with Brin had ended over the alleged affair.
Musk has denied the allegations and wrote a reply on Twitter that it was “total BS”, adding that he is still very much friends with the Google co-founder and even the night before. Was in a party with him. He said that he has only seen Shanahan twice in three years and both times “with many people around. Nothing romantic”.
However, the Wall Street Journal reported that Musk had an affair with Shanahan late last year, which led to his divorce earlier this year with Brin – which is still ongoing – that Brin and Musk are believed to have. Their long friendship also ended.
So, what do we know about the mysterious Nicole Shanahan, 33, at the center of the rift between the world’s richest man and his fellow multi-billionaire?
He is a Lawyer and a Tech Guru
Although she has ties to billionaires, Shanahan is a woman in her own right. He is an attorney and in 2013 founded ClearAccessIP — a firm based in Palo Alto that helps patent owners manage and monetize their intellectual property rights, The Straits Times reported. It sold the company in 2020 and has since been acquired by rival IPwe for an undisclosed amount.
On the legal front, a graduate of the Santa Clara University School of Law, Codex, a joint center between the Stanford Center of Legal Informatics, Stanford Law School and Computer Science, is also a research fellow on his LinkedIn page.
Her profile also states that she specializes in Neural Networks, Structured Databases, APIs, UI/UX, Automation and SaaS legal applications. Away from the tech world, Shanahan is also working on an economic theory called “coesian mapping” to predict the speed and nature of legal artificial intelligence adoption by society. Take that, haters!
he is also a philanthropist
After selling his company, Shanahan founded Bia-Eco in 2019. The Foundation primarily focuses on reproductive longevity and equality as well as criminal justice reform and preserving a healthy and habitable planet.
According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s website, her interest in reproductive longevity stems from her own personal struggle to get pregnant. His foundation partnered with the Buck Center for Reproductive Longevity and Equality as well as the National University of Singapore’s Yong Lu Lin School of Medicine.
“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 to create embryos and three dozen visits to in vitro fertilization clinics around the Bay Area, I found out that I wasn’t nearly as unstable as I thought I was,” she said in an interview, according to New York City. Post.
Meanwhile, his interest in social justice stems from his own belief that criminal justice reform will be the biggest topic of this generation. She told Modern Luxury that she donated to Major J in Los Angeles County, which would divert her law enforcement budget toward mental and social support services.
Shanahan said in a recent interview with Puck, “I want to get the word out and assure everyone that I’m going to take my life’s work to promote social justice, climate solutions, and a thoughtful, caring democracy.” Committed to dedicate.”
She told the same publication that she wants her legacy to be in the form of ideas and that she wants it to be about “evolving the human experience on this planet” with strength, love, and compassion.
She reportedly wants a US$1 billion divorce settlement…
According to The Wall Street Journal, Brin and Shanahan reportedly first met at a yoga retreat in 2015, but didn’t make their relationship official until the 2016 Met Gala. They married in 2018 and welcomed a daughter in the same year. They reportedly ended their marriage in late 2021, although the terms of the divorce are yet to be finalised.
According to multiple reports, Shanahan and Brin are negotiating a divorce settlement. According to the WSJ, she signed a premarital agreement and is reportedly seeking a settlement worth more than US$1 billion. Brin cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for their divorce and is seeking joint custody of their daughter. He is not seeking husband-wife support for Shanahan, requesting that none be honored.
The Google co-founder was previously married to 23andMe co-founder Anne Wojcicki from 2007 to 2015. They share son Benji, 13, and daughter Chloe, 11.
he had a bad childhood
Shanahan may enjoy a high-profile life today, but it wasn’t always easy for the techpreneur. Born to a Chinese immigrant mother and father struggling with mental health issues, Shanahan had to mature faster than other children.
“My Dad Was Diagnosed With Bipolar” [and] Schizophrenia was when I was nine, and my Chinese-born mother was only in America for two years when I was born. I had two unemployed parents for most of my childhood, so not only was there no money, there was almost no parental guidance, and as you can imagine with a mentally ill father, there was a lot. There was chaos and fear,” she told San Francisco Magazine in 2021.
He also shared how public aid has gotten him through tough times. “When you lack access to resources, you really learn how to live with suboptimal infrastructure,” she said. “So, I learned how to compete in a really creative way by making broken objects perform at levels beyond their perceived ability.”
In the interview, she also opened up about how she used to sit at the table when she was just 12 and loved the Internet: “Without the Internet I would probably still have been doing the same thing in Oakland that I was 12. Was doing it at the age of.”
She had an unfortunate #MeToo experience
While working for a company called RPX Corporation in her mid-20s, Shanahan experienced sexual harassment.
“It wasn’t until the #MeToo movement that I felt comfortable discussing it, but while I was at work, a male coworker sexually assaulted me one evening while we were working on a project, ‘ he said in San Francisco. magazine interview.
“Since the company was all male-led at the time, and this co-worker was highly respected by management, he continued to grow more quickly than me, even though I was doing most of our work on our projects,” she said. couple.
After the incident, Shanahan suffered from severe depression and had to quit her job to live with an aunt in Berkeley. She revealed that her biggest regret today was that she did not report what had happened, as the perpetrator had also assaulted other female employees in the company.
“Nobody understood why I left and I don’t think I even understood what was happening to me,” she revealed.
However, as she was a strong and persistent woman, Shanahan managed to overcome her trauma and later founded her own AI-enabled patent management company.
The Silicon Valley entrepreneur has also pledged US$100 million to women’s reproductive rights and criminal justice reform through her foundation.
“And I really think that as I move out of this isolation, I feel very optimistic about how I can grow in this role,” she told Puck News.
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