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Nicole Shanahan — An Exceptional Businesswoman and Sergey Brin's Wife

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Oct. 12 2020, Published 2:40 p.m. ET

Sergey Brin, one of the masterminds behind Google’s search engine empire, spent many years as an eligible bachelor. In 2018, it was revealed that he managed to keep his long-term relationship out of the spotlight. Who is Nicole Shanahan?

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Whatever their reasons for keeping the relationship quiet, it's evident that Nicole Shanahan has helped create Sergey Brin’s legacy. So, who is Shanahan? Despite being married to Brin, she's a very successful businesswoman in her own right.

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Who is Nicole Shanahan?

Nicole Shanahan is a successful California attorney and CEO. It was likely her intellect and beauty that made Sergey Brin notice her in the first place. Shanahan attended Stanford Law School where she studied and wrote her thesis as a CodeEx fellow. She is a driven individual who became one of the most successful women in the digital and financial space. 

How long have Nicole and Sergey been together?

The couple has been linked together since 2015. They were spotted together at the wedding of a dating app CEO in Jamaica. However, they didn't make a public announcement because Brin was still married to his first wife, Anne Wojcicki. Nicole and Sergey had a baby girl together in 2018 not long after they got married. 

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Who is Sergey Brin's ex-wife?

In May 2007, Sergey Brin married biotech analyst and entrepreneur Anne Wojcicki — the creator of 23andMe. Although hey had a son and a daughter together, they grew apart. They started living separately and ultimately finalized their divorce in 2015 after Brin had an extramarital affair with Amanda Rosenberg — Google Glass's marketing director. 

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What large tech company did Shanahan found?

Nicole Shanahan is the founder and CEO of ClearAccessIP, which is an integrated patent management technology. The company specializes in IP development, management, and transactions using a patent-protected technology. The company’s SaaS-enabled Marketplace is the only one-stop-shop for high-stakes IP creation and monetization. Shanahan parlayed her expertise into a successful career. She was recognized as one of San Francisco Business Times’ 40 under 40 several years ago.

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What is the Bia-Echo Foundation?

The Bia-Echo Foundation is a private foundation that Nicole Shanahan founded. The foundation uses its influence and donations to accelerate social change in order to establish a fair and equitable society for future generations to thrive. The foundation's core areas of investment include reproductive longevity and equality, criminal justice reform, and environmental concerns like clean water, air, and resource management. 

Nicole Shanahan continues to work towards admirable goals for the environment, humanity, and technology. Clearly, she is a driven and successful CEO even though she's isn't well known. Shanahan is coming into her own as a true mogul — as much or even more than her husband. 

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