Sergey Brin asks the court to refuse alimony to his wife

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Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google and one of the richest people on the planet (net worth: $93 billion), asks the judge presiding over his pending divorce to deny alimony to his future ex-wife. Brin doesn’t ask her to pay him child support either.

The tidbit comes from court documents filed following Brin’s divorce from attorney and entrepreneur Nicole Shanahan. The two got married quietly around Four years ago and had a daughter the same year. Now, Brin appears to be seeking an equally silent divorce, according to documents filed with Santa Clara Superior Court that were first obtained by Insider.

The January 6, 2022 divorce filing in California Superior Court in Santa Clara County cites “irreconcilable differences” as the reason Brin and Shanahan are seeking separation, and also states that Brin and Shanahan separated in December last year.

It should be noted that this is not Brin’s first rodeo; before dating Shanahan, he had already divorced 23andMe founder Anne Wojcicki back in 2015. Wojcicki and Brin had been married for about eight years and already had two children together; he started dating Shanahan the same year.

Seeing that Brin is worth $93.1 billion (!!!!) and that Shanahan is a mogul in her own right (she’s a lawyer and runs a foundation), the question of how their assets will be divided remains open. In the court filing, attorneys for Brin sought termination of the court’s ability to award spousal or domestic partner support to Shanahan, and noted that “all matters relating to property rights or parties will be decided by confidential binding arbitration pursuant to a written agreement between the parties.”

What is clear is how he feels about the child the two share; according to the filing, Brin is seeking joint legal and physical custody of their child, similar to how he shared homework about the children he had with Wojcicki after their separation.

Correction of 06/17/2020, 11:10 p.m. ET: A previous version of this article incorrectly reported the kind of support Sergey Brin was asking the court to deny Nicole Shanahan. The case seeks denial of spousal or domestic partner support, not child support.

Updated 06/17/2020, 11:10 PM ET: Added new details from original court filing and revised story to reflect corrected information.


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