The company's cofounder Sergey Brin splits with wife and now is reportedly linked to an employee

By Champ Clark
Updated August 30, 2013 06:00 PM
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In a story rocking the tech world, the company’s billionaire co-founder Sergey Brin has split from his wife of six-years, 23andMe co-founder Anne Wojcicki, according website AllThingsD.

Brin is one of the world’s richest men and is currently worth $22.8 billion. A spokesman for the couple confirms that the couple “have been living apart for several months” and “they remain good friends and partners.” Brin and Wojcicki, both 40, have been married for six years and have two children.

Brin also reportedly has a new companion – a female Google employee who previously was romantically linked another male executive there.

What’s more, Brin’s sister-in-law Susan Wojcicki is one of Google’s highest-ranking executives. A Google spokesperson declined comment on the situation.

Brin and Wojcicki are Silicon Valley royalty with numerous joint business ventures, including Wojcicki s startup 23andMe, which sells DNA test kits and assists users in identifying health risks.

They have also given millions of dollars to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Brin’s mother suffers from Parkinson’s and Brin himself carries a gene that puts him at risk for developing the disease.

Despite the Brin and Wojcicki split, Google will likely survive. The couple reportedly have a prenuptial agreement.