Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Google Billionaire, a Beautiful Executive and a Very Public Split

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Google Billionaire, a Beautiful Executive and a Very Public Split

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Byline: David Gardner and Jonathan Prynn

GOOGLE'S multi-billionaire co-founder has split from his wife and allegedly started an office romance with a junior executive at the internet search giant.

A spokesman for Sergey Brin, 40, confirmed that he is living apart from his wife of six years Anne Wojcicki in a digital domestic drama that is the talk of California's Silicon Valley.

His new partner is said to be Amanda Rosenberg, 26, who is the marketing manager for Brin's latest obsession, the computerised spectacles known as Google Glass. The pair have spent much time promoting the product and were photographed together at New York Fashion week earlier this year.

Ms Rosenberg, who is said to be the author of Google Glass's activation phrase "OK, Glass" moved to Silicon Valley from London early last year having worked for Google all her career since 2008.

In a blog written about "the romance of a transfer" to California she said: "I'd been living a beautifully choreographed life in London for pretty much my entire life; family, friends, job, life. Done. Then one day I realised that yes everyday was choreographed but the beauty had faded." Ms Rosenberg, who describes herself as Asian, also said in her blog that one of her first thoughts in her new job was: "Hello new boss, hello new team... LIKE ME IMMEDIATELY."

The split was first revealed yesterday by the AllThingsD technology site.

Although a divorce is unlikely to affect the company directly -- the married couple are said to have signed a prenuptial agreement -- the break up has many of the elements of a soap opera. Ms Rosenberg, who lived in Wimbledon, was previously dating Hugo Barra, a senior Google executive who has announced he is quitting to join smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi, known as the "Apple of China". …

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