A new set of court documents unsealed on Monday have revealed that Google co-founder Sergey Brin and his ex-wife Anne Wojcicki, the CEO of genetic testing firm 23andMe, vacationed on Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘pedophile island’.’ The new revelations stem from a 2016 email exchange between Sarah Ransome, one of Epstein’s sexual abuse survivors, and journalist Maureen Callahan. In the emails, Ransome claimed she met Mr Brin and Ms Wojcicki, who was his fiancee at the time, on the private island owned by the convicted sex offender.
Ransome later recanted her claims, but the latest set of documents shows that the pair did indeed visit the island, which has been called “Pedophile Island” by some in the media. According to reports, the visit came a few years after Brin married Ms Wojcicki in 2007 after meeting her through mutual friends. The couple have two children and have been involved in several philanthropic ventures, including their foundation, which a spokesperson tells Forbes they will continue to work on. They have also invested millions of dollars into 23andMe, a company that offers DNA testing kits to help people discover their risk for certain diseases.
While JPMorgan compliance officials tried to kick Epstein out as a client over the years due to his sex crimes, bank honchos resisted the move because he brought in big-money clients like Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, according to bombshell legal filings. According to one memo, Brin became the biggest client in the private bank’s history, bringing in $4 billion, and took advice from Epstein on setting up a tax-saving trust for his children.
The latest documents also show that Brin and Ms Wojcicki attended the same parties at the Edge, a luxury resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands, owned by the brother of one of Epstein’s accusers. Other party attendees were tech billionaires such as Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Marissa Mayer, who was then the CEO of Yahoo at the time.
According to Forbes, a spokesperson for Brin, who is worth an estimated $24 billion, confirmed that he and Ms Wojcicki have separated but “remain good friends and partners.” A spokesperson for 23andMe told the New York Post that the company is continuing to operate as usual. The spokesperson said the company would not comment further. The revelations come as the pair face criticism for their roles in Silicon Valley, which has been accused of fostering toxic workplace cultures. It comes as a blow to Ms Wojcicki, who was once described as the ‘girl next door’ of the tech world for her down-to-earth approach to business and her focus on family. The couple filed for divorce earlier this year, citing irreconcilable differences. They have been living separately since then. It is still being determined when they will finalize their split. The revelations have come as a surprise to many of their friends and colleagues.