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Sergey Mikhaylovich BRIN

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At least $40.3 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. Reportedly obtained a degree in mathematics and computer science from the University of Maryland. In 1995, while pursuing his doctorate degree 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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University of Maryland
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Bachelor's degree
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Interesting Facts

In June 2008, Brin invested at least $5 million in Space Adventures, a Virginia-based space tourism company. His investment served as a deposit for a reservation on one of Space Adventures' proposed flights in 2011. Space Adventures is among the few companies that sends tourists to space.

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Interests, Passion, Hobbies

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Technology - Computers
Description: Brin received his master's degree in computer sciences.

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

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Writing
Description: Has published a number of 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.'

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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 environmental, social and health-related causes. Notable recipients include: Global Solutions or 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 numerous social causes. Endowed the Eugenia Brin Professorship for Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders at the University of Maryland's 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. Also appears to be the Director of the Brin Family Foundation, established in 2015. In February 2017, Google announced its donation of around $11.5 million to support racial justice. The funds will be split between 10 different causes which include: $5 million to Center for Policing Equality and many others.

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