Eric Schmidt may have been smitten by a blond fashionista half his age. According to an exclusive report of Page Six on the story, the 64-year-old former Google CEO gifted a huge sapphire ring to 32-year-old Alexandra Duisberg.

The gesture sparked speculations of an engagement even though Schmidt is not yet divorced to businesswoman and philanthropist Wendy Schmidt, who he married in June 1980. 

Duisberg, a former medical student, has reportedly been proudly flashing the huge pink stone, estimated to be 10 carats and worth millions of dollars, telling friends that Schmidt gave it to her in Greenland a few weeks ago. 

Citing its source, Page Six said that Duisberg is also telling friends that she and the billionaire want to have kids as soon as possible, but Schmidt’s wife is making things complicated. 

International Business Times could not independently verify the report.

Schmidt has been linked to a series of young women in recent years, but he does not seem keen to divorce Wendy even though they are now living separate lives. 

“Eric has been spending time with Alexandra, and he gave her a friendship ring. While this may have sparked some excitement and rumors, it is not an engagement ring. Eric did not propose, and they are not engaged,” another source told Page Six. 

A third source said this is neither the first time that Schmidt has given a ring to a woman, and he is not likely getting engaged because he is still officially married. 

EricSchmidt Schmidt has been linked to a series of young women in recent years, but he does not seem keen to divorce Wendy even though they now live separate lives.  Photo: Reuters

Some of the women that Schmidt has been linked to in the past include TV journalist Kate Bohner, PR executive Macy Simon, Good Morning America producer  Lisa Shield, concert pianist Cho-San Nguyen, billionaire Ronald Perelman's chief of litigation and deputy general counsel Danya Perry and NYC socialite Ulla Parke.

With a net worth of about $13.8 billion, cutting his marital ties to his wife could prove very expensive for Schmidt if he does not have a prenuptial agreement. He was ranked 101 in Forbes’ Billionaire’s 2019 list and 33 in 400 2018. He is also number 22 in Richest in Tech 2017 list. 

Schmidt, a software engineer, was Google chief executive from 2001 to 2011, and then executive chairman from 2011 to 2015. He also held a seat in the board of Alphabet, Google's holding company, for 18 years.