Nicole Shanahan is a American attorney and Silicon Valley entrepreneur who has a net worth of $50 million. Shanahan is mostly known as the wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin. She has also amassed her riches from her law career and various businesses.
She was recognized for founding ClearAccessIP, a software business that utilizes artificial intelligence to manage patents, however, she sold the company in 2020.
She is the founder and president of the Bia-Echo Foundation, a philanthropic foundation, in which she campaigns for criminal justice and patent reform, as well as working to improve marriage contracts to foster healthy domestic partnerships. She is also a fellow researcher at the Stanford Center of Legal Informatics, CodeX.
She recently made headlines after reports of her brief affair with Tesla CEO Elon Musk were revealed, leading her husband to file for divorce and end his longtime friendship with Musk.
What is Nicole Shanahan’s Net Worth?
|Net Worth||$50 Million|
|Income (Annual)||$3M – $5M|
Nicole Shanahan Wealth Growth
|Net Worth in 2022||$50 Million|
|Net Worth in 2021||$44 Million|
|Net Worth in 2020||$40 Million|
|Net Worth in 2019||$35 Million|
|Net Worth in 2018||$30 Million|
On 14th of May, 1985, Nicole Shanahan was born in Oakland. Her mother had immigrated from China. She grew up in a poor family and her mother raised her all by herself.
Despite these obstacles, Shanahan’s mother brought her internet service when she was 11 years old so she could grow with the burgeoning web world.
Shanahan graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a bachelor’s degree in Asian studies and minors in economics and Mandarin Chinese (2003-07).
She temporarily attended the Institute of International and Development Courses (2007) to acquire a certificate in the World Trade Organization.
Shanahan also interned for less than a year at Georgopoulos and Economidis in 2006 and then worked as a consultant to the company’s international practice group at Longan Law Firm.
Shanahan studied Chinese law and international intellectual property trading at the National University of Singapore in 2013. She also holds 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 computer and information law.
Before subsequently pursuing a legal degree, Shanahan bussed tables when she was 12 years old.
Shanahan began his career at Townsend and Townsend and Crew, LLP in 2009 as a patent specialist. She worked as an IP paralegal and database specialist at the law firm Rutan & Tucker, LLP in Costa Mesa, Orange County, from 2009 to 2010.
She worked on her own with various start-up companies to maximize their patent data efforts. In 2010, she worked as an intellectual property paralegal for the financial services provider RPX Corporation.
Shanahan founded ‘ClearAccessIP,’ an automated patent administration and valuation company, in 2013 and served as CEO until 2020, when she sold the company.
She introduced the first live beta of the ‘Zero-Touch Patent Docketing’ solution to help patent trial attorneys and in-house patent management teams. She was featured on the cover of the American Bar Association journal, Self Starters: Women Are Squarely in the Picture Where Law and Technology Meet, in 2014.
She facilitated a collaboration between ‘CodeX’ and the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office to contribute to the data analysis of the latter’s Task Force Investigating Police Misconduct initiative.
She is also working on the ‘Smart Prosecution’ project and developing an economic theory of Coasean Mapping to predict the movement and character of legal artificial intelligence.
Shanahan married Google co-founder Sergey Brin in 2018, after dating for 2 years. They have a daughter together. Sergey Brin and Nicole Shanahan are reported to have met in 2015 and made their first public appearance the following year at the Met Ball.
Brin previously married businesswoman Anne Wojcicki before marrying Nicole Shanahan, but the couple divorced in 2015. They have two children together.
Brin filed for divorce from Nicole Shanahan because Shanahan allegedly had extramarital affairs with Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla. The couple asked that court papers be sealed to keep the details of their divorce private.
Shanahan established the Center for Female Reproductive Longevity and Equality in 2018. The Sergey Brin Family Foundation contributed approximately $6 million to the project.
She is the founder of the “Bia-Echo Nonprofit”, a private foundation dedicated to maintaining social harmony in order for future generations to thrive.
Her Bia-Echo Foundation announced a partnership with the Buck Institute in 2019 to form the Global Consortium for Female Reproductive Longevity and Equality, which will bring together the world’s top researchers to advance the field of female reproductive aging and find solutions to prevent or delay ovarian aging.
In 2020, Brin and his now-divorced second wife Nicole Shanahan acquired a $13.5 million property in Malibu which was Pink’s Former Point Dume Estate from Matthieu Pigasse.
It features a 6,300 sq ft living space with a gym, numerous fireplaces, two islands in the kitchen, and Viking appliances, five bedrooms, six full bathrooms, and two powder rooms.
Nicole Shanahan Net Worth
As of 2022, Nicole Shanahan’s net worth is estimated to be $50 million. She has made most of her fortune from her ex-husband, Sergey Brin who is the sixth richest man in the world with a $94 billion net worth.
She has worked at the famous Bia Tech Foundation her entire professional life, serving as president. Prior to her employment with the Bia-tech foundation, Nicole Shanahan had a variety of notable companies in her professional background.
She donated $100 million to social organizations aimed at strengthening the criminal justice system and combating climate change.
Despite having a prenuptial agreement, Brin and Shanahan seek a divorce settlement worth up to $1 billion.