- Sergey Brin
- Engineer, Inventor, Computer Programmer
- BIRTH DATE
- August 21, 1973 (age 43)
- University of Maryland at College Park, Stanford University
- PLACE OF BIRTH
- Moscow, Russia
- FULL NAME
- Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin
- ZODIAC SIGN
Sergey Brin was born on August 21, 1973, in Moscow, Russia. His family emigrated to the United States to escape Jewish persecution in 1979. He met Larry Page at Stanford University, and the two created a search engine that would sort web pages based on popularity. They named the search engine "Google," based on the mathematical term "googol." Since its launch in 1998, Google has become the most popular search engine in the world.
Success, Technology and Expansion
In 2006, Google purchased the most popular website for user-submitted streaming videos, YouTube, for $1.65 billion in stock.
In 2012, Google unveiled its futuristic Google Glass, a type of wearable eyeglass-computer which featured touchpad and voice control, a LED illuminated display and a camera, to the public. While touted as the latest “it” in tech toys, concerns over privacy and safety and a lack of a clear purpose in everyday life ultimately stymied its success in the commercial market. Its technology however has been applied for several uses in healthcare, journalism and the military.
On August 10, 2015, Brin and Page announced that Google and its divisions were being restructured under the umbrella of a new parent company called Alphabet, with Brin and Page serving as Alphabet's respective president and CEO.
In November 2016, Brin was ranked No. 13 on Forbes' "Billionaires" list, and No. 10 among U.S. billionaires who made the list. According to Forbes.com, as of November 2016, Brin's net worth was $37.9 billion. As director of special projects at Google, Brin shared the company's day-to-day responsibilities with Page, who served as Google's CEO, and Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of the company.
Brin was married to 23andMe co-founder Anne Wojcicki from 2007 until they separated in 2013 and finally divorced in 2015 after Brin had an affair with Google Glass marketing manager Amanda Rosenberg. He and Wojcicki have two children together.