Who is Trevor Milton’s wife? Nikola founder called marriage 'first biggest day' of his life
Milton steps down from Nikola after fraud indictment, shortly after IPO he called 'second biggest' day of life after marriage
Trevor Milton, the founder of the electric truck company Nikola is in deep trouble. On July 28, he pleaded not guilty to three charges of fraud at a court in Manhattan, which has put the company in some trouble. The shocking news is a big blow to both Nikola, and Milton, since the firm was widely believed to do for the trucking industry what Elon Musk's Tesla did for cars - make the transition to electric smooth and easy.
Milton's fraud allegations are significant and could lead to him losing up to $1 billion worth of property. That's a large amount, but nowhere near the fraud allegations levied against the Trump Organization. In early July, the Trump Organization's longtime CFO Allen Weisselberg was indicted for tax fraud, leading to him being replaced by Don Jr and Eric Trump. Also being tried for fraud is Elizabeth Holmes, who founded the now-defunct Theranos. In that case, the trial has been delayed due to her pregnancy.
The cases show a significant rise in tax and corporate fraud, at a time when millions of Americans are still living off the federal government's Covid-19 aid. The trial of Milton has sparked considerable interest in his life, which has remained largely a mystery to date. Wondering who his wife is? Here's what we know.
Who is Trevor Milton's wife?
Like many wealthy businessmen, Milton has chosen to keep his private life out of the public's eye. His social media accounts aren't frequently used so it's hard to know much about his life. We do know Milton got married in Wyoming in 2017, based on a tweet he made. Reportedly, he married Chelsey Bergmann, an esthetician. Like Milton, Bergmann appears to keep a low profile on social media.
The only profile we could find for Bergmann was a LinkedIn account. The account says she studied clinical science between 2007 and 2010 at the Utah Valley Univesity. In 2009, she also obtained a master's certification from the Cameo College of Essential Beauty, located in Murray, Utah. Beyond that, the account only says she served as a volunteer for Mothers Without Borders between June and July 2009 in Zambia.
Utah government records indicate Bergmann was a licensed 'Master Esthetician' in Utah from January 2012 until the license expired in September 2019. Further records were not available, so it's unclear if she continued her work, or pursued something else. In public, Milton has only mentioned his wife once. In a 2020 podcast with 'Hitting The Mark', he describes his marriage as the first biggest day of his life. That comment was made shortly after Nikola was listed on Nasdaq, a feat he called the "second biggest day of my life. I tell people because the first day was when I got married, but the second day definitely was being listed on the Nasdaq."
Milton founded Nikola in Salt Lake City, Utah but moved to Pheonix, Arizona in 2018 in order to "recruit from a bigger talent pool." That move was confirmed by house records, which indicate Milton and Bergmann bought a house in the city. Heavy noted that the duo dropped over $2 million for a more than 9,000 foot home located 20 miles south of Downtown Pheonix. Beyond that, there is no mention of Bergmann in the public domain.
As more of Milton's fraud case comes into the public light, it is possible we may learn more about Bergmann as well. Reportedly, the Nikola founder used the money he raised from investors to enrich himself. The court has ordered Milton to forfeit all property "traceable to the commission of said offenses," valued at more than $1 billion. He has pleaded not guilty in the case and was released on a $100 million bond.