Elon Musk, Wife Split; She Gets $16M Cash

It's the second time they have divorced
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 1, 2015 2:09 PM CST
Elon Musk, Wife Split; She Gets $16M Cash
A March 2014 photo of Talulah Riley and Elon Musk.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

When Elon Musk split with wife Talulah Riley for the first time, he told the whole world. "It was an amazing four years. I will love you forever," the entrepreneur tweeted to the British actress in January 2012. "You will make someone very happy one day." Eighteen months later, that happy person apparently was him, as they tied the knot again in July 2013. The rekindled romance didn't last, however. Yesterday, Musk filed for divorce in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

The couple said that they were splitting amicably and that Musk agreed to give Riley $16 million in cash and other assets as part of a financial settlement, according to a joint statement. A divorce filing said property would be split based on a prenuptial agreement. Musk made a fortune co-founding PayPal and has gone on to start SpaceX and Tesla Motors. Riley appeared in Pride & Prejudice, Inception, and St. Trinians. The couple first wed in 2010. They didn't have any children, but Musk has five sons from a previous marriage. (More Elon Musk stories.)

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