Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt has reportedly split with his 32-year-old girlfriend just weeks after he gave her a pink sapphire ring sparking engagement rumors.
The already married billionaire, 64, was said to have been left ‘mortified’ by claims ex Olympic skater Alexandra Duisberg told friends about their romance, The New York Post reports.
Sources told the paper Schmidt – who boasts a $13.2 billion fortune – saw the 10 carat jewel as a ‘friendship ring’ and is still married to Wendy, his wife of 39 years.
Former medical student Duisberg, who is the same age as his daughter, Sophie, had reportedly frozen her eggs and asked the tech boss to fertilize them with the hopes of starting a family together, but he declined.
She is said to have told friends Schmidt gave her the ring in Greenland, adding: ‘We want to have kids as soon as possible, but his wife is making things complicated.’
A source said: ‘They have definitely not been spending time together — things have cooled off. They’re both traveling and haven’t seen each other over the past weeks.’
Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, left, has reportedly split with his 32-year-old girlfriend Alexandra Duisberg, right, weeks after he gave her a pink sapphire ring
Despite being legally married to Wendy, Schmidt has reportedly had relationships with a series of younger women. He is pictured with wife Wendy in 2016
They added: ‘It was a stupid thing that he did. It was a friendship ring. It was not an engagement ring. Sometimes he treats people too well, and it leads to [misunderstandings].’
The two reportedly met at a party in 2017 and have been seemingly inseparable since.
Duisberg was born in Guatemala and her parents worked for the US government. She trained to be an Olympic figure skater and after suffering an injury began switched career paths and entered medical school at the University of Pennsylvania.
She started her residency at Stanford in 2018 but left after less than a year for a ‘sabbatical to focus on her philanthropic efforts and global health work’, as per a friend.
Ever since, she’s been seen at Schmidt’s arm at public events over the past two years.
But Schmidt is also said to have been spending time with former Miss Ireland Emma Waldron.
The 30-year-old beauty queen was pictured with the tech boss at a gala in May and at an event for Nancy Pelosi.
A source said Emma was Eric’s guest as they ‘are working on a tech project together’ and ‘know each other from work’.
But they added: ‘Eric is now out of the dating scene.’
Representatives for Duisberg and Schmidt’s have not commented on reports of their split.
Schmidt has been married to wife Wendy since 1980. They met at Berkeley University in the late 1970s and have two adult daughters, Sophie and Alison.
A 2012 New York Times article stated that the pair often spend time apart, and do not comment publicly about their relationship .
Alexandra Duisberg, pictured center in 2008, had reportedly frozen her eggs and asked the tech boss to fertilize them with the hopes of starting a family together, but he declined
The already married billionaire, 64, was said to have been left ‘mortified’ by claims former Olympic skater Alexandra Duisberg, pictured, told friends about their romance
Despite being legally married to Wendy, Schmidt has reportedly had relationships with a series of younger women, including a vivacious television host who dubbed him ‘Dr Strangelove,’ a public relations executive and a Vietnamese concert pianist.
In the past, Schmidt had been linked to Lisa Shields, a foreign relations executive and Vietnamese pianist Chau-Giang Thi Nguyen.
Meanwhile, Wendy reportedly resides at one of their homes, a $23million waterfront mansion on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, where she focuses on her philanthropic work.
TV personality Kate Bohner, aged 52, allegedly had a three-year affair with the married mogul from 2007 to 2010.
At the time, Schmidt was at the height of his power. He was brought in as Google’s CEO in 2001 by creators Sergey Brin and Larry Page, who relied on his expertise to turn their modest internet search engine into a global media powerhouse.
An ex-flame of Schmidt’s said that it’s unlikely the tech powerhouse is interested in settling down.
‘I think there are a lot of women who date him who think they are going to be the next Mrs. Schmidt,’ the anonymous woman stated.
‘But he dates a lot of women. He likes to have a ship in every port.’