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Sergey Mikhaylovich BRIN

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Estimated Net Worth:
At least $40.2 billion
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21 August 1973
Moscow, Moscow, Russia
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Russian native and information technology professional; emigrated to the United States with his family at the age of six. Later on, he 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....

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Education History

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Stanford University
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Dropped Out
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Interesting Facts

In 2009, Brin observed that Bill Gates, Chairman of Microsoft, was widely criticized for not giving away enough money but is now reportedly known as one of the world's leading philanthropists. According to Brin, "While everyone was criticizing him, he was generating a whole lot more money for his foundation, and ultimately, when he got serious about philanthropy, he did it really well. I'd like to learn from that example."

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Interests, Passion, Hobbies

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Aviation
Description: Brin co-owns a Boeing 1987 767-200ER with Larry Page. It bears the registration number N2767 and serial number 23896. They own the jet through their aircraft management company, Blue City Holdings.

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Health and Wellness - Exercise
Description: Avid gymnast, has also taken trapeze lessons.

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Health and Wellness - Yoga
Description: Reported to be known for being especially attentive to his health; Brin is also a huge yoga enthusiast.

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Giving Profile: Generous philanthropist active in various non-profits; serves as a Director of the Google Foundation and as President and Director of the Brin Foundation, which gives primarily to environment, health and social and human service-related causes. Notable recipients include: Global Solutions For Infectious Diseases, the Wikimedia Foundation, the Ashoka Foundation, the Sokoine University of Agriculture, Rotary International, Tipping Point Community, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Energy Foundation. Additionally, in 2013, the Brin Foundation, supported Palo Alto High School by providing them with free laptops.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. The Brin Foundation has donated over $100 million to research for Parkinson's. Together with ex-wife, Anne Wojcicki, a Russian entrepreneur and philanthropist, Yuri Milner, and Facebook Founder, Mark Zuckerberg, Brin established The Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences awards, rewarding $3 million per recipient, more than twice the amount of the Nobel Prize.

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