Last updated on August 4th, 2023 at 06:00 pm

Nicole Shanahan is an entrepreneur, attorney, patent professional, media face, celebrity spouse, and the founder and CEO of an integrated patent management platform "ClearAccessIP" from the USA. She is known for her marriage-turned-divorce with Google co-founder Sergey Brin and for having affair with Elon Musk who is the founder, CEO, and Chief Engineer at SpaceX; angel investor, CEO, and Product Architect of Tesla, Inc.; founder of The Boring Company; and co-founder of Neuralink and OpenAI. She established the automated patent management and valuation company 'ClearAccessIP' in January 2013 and has been the CEO since then. Prior to this, she was a patent specialist at 'Townsend and Townsend and Crew, LLP' in 2009 and she also joined the law firm 'Rutan & Tucker, LLP' in Costa Mesa, Orange County, as an IP paralegal and database specialist (March 2009 – April 2010). At present, she is serving the position of President at the Bia-Echo Foundation since January 2020. She is currently working on the 'CodeX'-related research projects, such as the 'Stanford OpenData Initiative', and developing solutions to legal and social problems. 

Here are the 10 Things you didn't know about Nicole Shanahan.

1. Nicole Shanahan is in her late forties

Born on the 14th of May, 1985, she is from Oakland, California, the USA. She celebrated her 33rd birthday in 2022 with her dear ones. She has been raised by a single mother. Her zodiac sign is Taurus as per her birth date. 

2. She had an affair with Elon Musk

Google co-founder Sergey Brin's wife, Nicole reportedly had an affair with Elon Musk (California-based attorney and Silicon Valley entrepreneur). She allegedly had a brief fling with the Tesla CEO in December, which prompted her hubby to file for divorce and end his longtime friendship with Musk. 

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Nicole Shanahan and Elon Musk


3. She has been married twice to date

Shanahan's first husband was a finance executive whose name is still to get disclosed yet. After that, she dated Sergey Brin and they married in 2018 after two years of their love relationship. They welcomed a baby girl at the end of 2018. On 15th December 2021, Brin and Shanahan split. Brin filed for divorce on January 4, 2022. The cause of their breakup was reportedly an affair Shanahan had with Elon Musk.  

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Nicole Shanahan and her ex-husband, Sergey Brin


4. She is a founder and president of the Bia-Echo Foundation

Nicole is the founder and president of the Bia-Echo Foundation which is a philanthropic foundation that promotes criminal justice reform, fights for a sustainable future and supports research on fertility and reproductive longevity in women in their mid-30s. She has led the foundation to complete projects which include: the launch of the world’s first Center for Reproductive Longevity and Equality at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and the Stanford Computational Policy Lab to drive social impact on criminal justice reform via data analysis and technical innovation. She spoke about her fertility struggles in an emotional speech at the launch of the Center for Female Reproductive Longevity and Equality in 2019. "Like many women who are not 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," she said. "However, after three failed attempts at embryo-making and three dozen visits to in vitro fertilization clinics around the Bay Area, I learned that I was not nearly as unshakable as I thought I was." 

5. She is also a founder of ClearAccessIP 

Nicole is a founder of ClearAccessIP which she established in January 2013 and has been the CEO since then. ClearAccessIP is an integrated patent management company that uses artificial intelligence to help the creators and owners of IP assets effectively develop, manage and transact patent-protected technology. 

Founder and CEO of ClearAccessIP, Nicole Shanahan


6. Her net worth is millions of dollars

Nicole Shanahan is a California-based attorney and the founder and president of the Bia-Echo Foundation. She has accumulated a net worth of $10 Million as of 2022. Her primary source of income is her career as a founder and president of the Bia-Echo Foundation as well as from various projects and from her legal tech company ClearAccessIP. Through her various sources of income, Nicole has been able to accumulate good fortune but prefers to lead a modest lifestyle.

7. She had to go through hard times during her early life

She grew up in Oakland and worked her way up out of a childhood that relied on food stamps. The daughter of a Chinese immigrant mother and a father who struggled with mental health issues, Shanahan told the publication that she “had to figure out how the world works on my own.” “I had two unemployed parents for the majority 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 lots of chaos and fear,” she said. She bussed tables at 12 years old before pursuing a law degree later in life. She also worked as a patent specialist before starting her own company. 

8. She began her career as an intern at Georgopolous and Economidis

She interned at 'Georgopolous and Economidis' in 2006 for less than a year and later at 'Longan Law Firm' as a consultant to the company’s international practice group prior to her professional career. 

9. She is also an academic fellow of CodeX

She is also an academic fellow of CodeX, the Stanford Center of Legal Informatics, where she works on a project that applies data science to the prosecutorial process, according to the Stanford Law directory. 

10. Nicole holds a bachelor's degree

She holds a bachelor’s degree with a major in Asian studies and minors in economics, and Mandarin Chinese from the 'University of Puget Sound' (2003-07). Further, she attended the 'Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (2007) to earn a certificate in 'World Trade Organisation studies. She attended the 'National University of Singapore’ to study global IP trade and Chinese law. Also, she has a Juris Doctor degree in high-technology law, intellectual property, and litigation from 'Santa Clara University School of Law,' where she was an associate and journal editor on a computer and high technology law. 

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