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Sergey Mikhaylovich BRIN

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At least $38.1 billion
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21 August 1973
Moscow, Moscow, Russia
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Moscow, Russia-native, born in 1973. Sergey Brin emigrated to the U.S. with his family at the age of six. Later earned a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Maryland. In 1995, while pursuing his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Stanford University, Brin met Lawrence Page and the two undertook joint research on Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engines. In September 1996, they developed a search engine that would display results by relevance and nicknamed it 'BackRub.' The ...

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Education History

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Eleanor Roosevelt High School
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High School
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Interesting Facts

'The Google Story' is a book written by David A. Vise and Mark Malseed which recounts events leading to the company's success, including how Brin and Larry Page dropped out of Stanford University before creating Google. They arrived at the name 'Google' from the mathematical term "googol," a 1 followed by 100 zeros, as a reflection of their mission to organize the immense amount of information available on the Web. The name Google was created by mistake after the co-founders made a spelling error with the original name, googol.

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Interests, Passion, Hobbies

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Writing
Description: Has published many academic papers, including Extracting Patterns and Relations from the World Wide Web; Dynamic Data Mining: A New Architecture for Data with High Dimensionality, which he published with Larry Page; Scalable Techniques for Mining Casual Structures; Dynamic Itemset Counting and Implication Rules for Market Basket Data; and Beyond Market Baskets: Generalizing Association Rules to Correlations.

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Mathematics
Description: Brin received his Bachelor's degree with honors in Mathematics. Brin's father was a mathematician; Brin had an extraordinary aptitude for solving math problems. His father tutored him at home and honed his analytical skills.

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Technology - Internet
Description: Demonstrated an interest in Internet search while studying at Stanford University. Co-founded search engine, Google.

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Giving Profile: Director of the Google Foundation. In 2013, the foundation had assets exceeding $93 million and donated more than $14 million. Brin is the President and Director of Brin Foundation. In 2013, the foundation had assets exceeding $630 million and donated more than $25 million; gives primarily to environment, health and social and human service-related causes. Notable recipients include: Global Solutions For Infectious Diseases, Wikimedia Foundation, Ashoka Foundation, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, Tipping Point Community, Natural Resources Defense Council and Energy Foundation. In 2012, Brin donated at least $200 million to various charities for many social causes. Endowed the Eugenia Brin Professorship for Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where his mother, Eugenia Brin, is being treated for Parkinson's. In 2013, the Brin Foundation, supported Palo Alto High School by providing them with free laptops. The Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences awards $3 million per recipient, more than twice the amount of the Nobel Prize. It was established by four Internet entrepreneurs including Brin and his ex-wife, Anne Wojcicki, a Russian entrepreneur and philanthropist, Yuri Milner, and Facebook Founder, Mark Zuckerberg. The Brin Foundation has donated over $100 million to research for Parkinson's, a degenerative neurological disorder; Brin's mother Eugenia has been diagnosed with Parkinson's.

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