Sergey Brin immigrated to the United States from Soviet Union with his family when he 6 years old. Prior to that, he used to live in Moscow.
Brin went to University of Maryland, where he earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics and computer science. After that, he enrolled at Stanford University to acquire a Ph.D. degree in computer science.
Although this fact is very popular, we can’t ignore it when we speak of Sergey Brin. Google was started by its co-founders in a friend’s garage and was financed by their friends, family and a few investors.
In 2004, Sergey Brin became the youngest member in the list of Forbes 400 richest people in the world. He was only 31 back then and tied with Larry Page at No.43 in the same list.
According to Forbes list of August 2016, Brin is the 13th richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of $38.2 billion.
Sergey Brin married Anne Wojcicki in 2007. They have a son and a daughter together. However, in 2013 it was announced that they were living separately. The couple eventually got divorced in 2015.
Brin’s mother suffers from Parkinson’s disease. While the disease is not hereditary, according to reports, Brin carries a mutation of the LRRK2 gene (G2019S), which is the same as his mother’s. This puts him at 20-80% risk of getting the disease himself.
Before he became the president at Alphabet, Sergey Brin launched Google Glass, a new and innovative way to get and share information. He is now also working on self-driving cars.
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Sergey Brin was born in Moscow to Jewish parents Michael Brin and Eugenia Brin. His father was a mathematics professor and his mother a researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
His family migrated to the U.S when he was six as it was very difficult for Jews in Moscow to pursue higher education and follow the profession of their choice.
Brin attended Paint Branch Montessori School in Maryland. His father encouraged him to study mathematics at home.
After high school, he went to the University of Maryland to study mathematics and computer science and received his Bachelor of Science in 1993.
He enrolled for his graduate studies in computer science at Stanford University on the basis of a graduate fellowship from the National Science Foundation.
2000 – Webby Award & A People’s Voice Award
2001 – Outstanding Search Service Best Image Search Engine Best Design Most Webmaster Friendly Search Engine And Best Search Feature
2002 – MIT Technology Review TR100
2004 – Marconi Foundation Prize
2004 – Academy Of Achievement’s Golden Plate Award
University of Maryland at College Park, Stanford University
During 1997, worldwide Internet users nearly doubled, to 70 million people. Brin and Page got to work, first by registering the google.com domain name. The next step was to find investors, with help from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB). But the venture capital firm failed to find anyone interested in investing in a search engine.
Meanwhile, Google grew. By 1998, it was getting more than 10,000 search requests each day. And a small but important group of people began to see the potential. Andy Bechtolsheim, a founder of Sun Microsystems was an early investor, writing a $100,000 check to get the company incorporated and off the ground. It was then that Google published its now-famous mission statement “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”
By 1999, the world had gotten wise to the Internet. There were roughly 248 million Internet users around the globe, and they had a lot of questions, a lot of searches to perform. And Google quickly became the search engine of choice, handling more than 18 million queries per day. With that prominence came investors.
This time, KPCB partnered with Sequoia Capital and successfully found $25 million in venture capital for Google. Brin and Page withdrew from their Ph. D. programs to concentrate on the business.
In 2000, the dot-com bubble popped, and a number of internet companies who had been big names up to that point either folded or were purchased by competitors for pennies on the dollar. Despite this evisceration of tech investors, the Internet continued to become an increasingly important part of daily life in the developed world.
Between 1999 and 2004, when Google launched its IPO, the number of internet users worldwide grew from 304 million to 817 million.
In that time, Google broadened its features, launching versions in French, German, Italian, Swedish, Finnish, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. It also moved into its new Mountain View campus, also known as the Googleplex.
Even more importantly, in 2000, Google began to sell what it called “AdWords,” which were advertisements served alongside search results. The ads served were based on the key word of the search the user entered. Until that point, Google hadn’t allowed advertising in its search results. (For more, see: The Business of Google.)
Google was the toast of the online world, and recognition quickly followed. In 2002, the MIT Technology Review TR100, named Brin and Page as two of the top 100 innovators in the world under the age of 35. Brin and Page also received accolades, awards and honorary degrees from IE Business School, the Marconi Foundation, the Marconi Foundation at Columbia University and the Academy of Achievement.
Perhaps more importantly, thanks to the introduction of the advertisements, Google had become immensely profitable. Those profits, along with Google’s stature as one of the most important sites on the internet precipitated its 2004 IPO.
When Google’s IPO took place in August of 2004, Brin, Page and Google CEO Eric Schmidt all agreed continue to work at the company for another 20 years. Offering 19,605,052 shares at $85 per share, the $1.67-billion sale valued Google at $23 billion. The bulk of the company remained in the hands of the founders and employees, making a number of Google employees instant paper millionaires.
In response to worries that Google’s IPO would harm the company’s culture, Brin and Page designated a Chief Culture Officer to help the company retain its values, as well as its flat organization and collaborative environment.
Google continued to grow. In late 2005, the company closed its biggest deal yet—a $1-billion advertising partnership with America Online, which was then still one of the largest internet service providers on the web. And it began to grow by acquisition as well. In 2006, Google purchased YouTube for $1.65 billion in stock. At the time, it was the most popular website for user-submitted streaming videos, and has only grown since then.
In March 2008, Google found a new way to build its profitable advertising business, when it acquired DoubleClick for $3.1 billion. The company, which was founded in 1996, was built around uploading ads and reporting on their performance.
In 2007, Sergey Brin married Anne Wojcicki, co-founder and CEO of personal genomics company 23andMe, in the Bahamas. In 2008, they had their first child.
Google, meanwhile, continued its march to take over more of the online world. In 2007, it launched its highly successful email program, Gmail, to the public. It also released Android, its operating system for PCs and mobile devices. In 2008, it launched Chrome, a web browser that has gone on to heavy adoption.
With Google safely raking in billions, Brin has turned his attention to Google X, which is focused on advancing technology and creating “science fiction-sounding solutions.” Google X has since made the news with its driverless car project. Brin attended the September 2012 signing of the California Driverless Vehicle Bill, and boldly claimed that robotic cars would be available to the general public within five years.
The spirit of experimentation extends to Brin’s personal investments. In 2010, for example, he invested in a major offshore wind power development on the east coast. In addition, he is an investor in electric-car builder Tesla Motors. Reflecting a more far-flung sense of exploration and innovation, he also invested $4.5 million in space-tourism company Space Adventures.
Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
daughter, 2011; Benji, 2008
US$47.5 billion (October 2017)
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