Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, has filed for divorce. The billionaire who is worth $93 billion and is the seventh richest person in the world, quietly filed for divorce this January. The 48-year old tech co-founder of the world’s most popular search engine along with Larry Page, has decided to end his marriage with Nicole Shanahan, a lawyer, billionaire and entrepreneur who is in her late thirties. They were married for four years.
Insider, who was the first to report the news, said that the filing stated that the couple had mentioned “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the divorce. Although they were reportedly seeing each other from the past seven years, they got married less than four years ago, on November 7, 2018. Their marriage was a low-key ceremony.
The filings submitted in a court in Santa Clara County in California also mention that they have been separated since December 15, 2021. The couple have a daughter and Brin has asked for joint custody. He said that he was not looking for child support from Nicole and was not asking for her to get it, according to Insider, who were the first outlet to obtain the divorce papers.
The outlet also said that both of them wanted the divorce proceedings to be kept low key. They have tried to keep as much of the case as possible under seal. The couple is using a “temporary judge” to oversee the case. Although this is an expensive arrangement, many celebrity couples use this option to maintain secrecy during the divorce proceedings and expedite the process.
Although Sergey Brin is an extremely wealthy tech entrepreneur and the seventh richest person in the world, wife Nicole Shanahan is also wealthy in her own right and has an approximate net worth of $10 billion. She is an attorney, writer and researcher. She is also the founder and CEO of ClearAccessIP.