Sergey Mikhaylovich BRIN

Primary Position President Age 42
Primary Company Alphabet Birthday 21 Aug 1973
Estimated Net Worth At least $37.2 billion Residences New York, New York, United States
Source Self-Made
Moscow, Moscow, Russia
Religion Jewish
Ethnicity Caucasian
Alternative Names Sergey Brin
Marital Status Divorced


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 domain name for Google was registered on September 15, 1997 and the company was incorporated on September 4, 1998. By 1999, Brin and Page had suspended their studies at Stanford, set up Google's headquarters in California and officially launched the site. The company grew rapidly and by 2000 had indexed 1 billion Internet URLs. In 2004, Google went public with a listing on NASDAQ. Since then Google has acquired more than 150 companies, including YouTube, DoubleClick, Android, Nest Labs and Zagat, among others. In the company's early years, Brin served as the President and Chairman of Google. Served as the President of Technology from 2001 to 2011, where he shared responsibility for the company's day-to-day operations with Page and Eric Schmidt. Brin has been directing Google's special projects since 2011. On August 10, 2015, Google announced the creation of a new public holding company called Alphabet to increase management scale and to focus on its consolidated businesses. In October 2015, Alphabet replaced Google as the publicly-traded entity and became its holding company. Brin took over as the President and Director of Alphabet.

Education History

Institution Name Qualification Name Education Type Start Date End Date
Eleanor Roosevelt High School Diploma High School
Stanford University Master's degree Graduate Aug 1995
Paint Branch Montessori School Diploma Primary School
University of Maryland Bachelor's degree Undergraduate Sep 1990 May 1993
Stanford University Dropped Out Doctorate

Interesting Facts

From 2012, Brin has been involved with the Project Glass program and has developed demonstrated eyeglass prototypes. Project Glass is a research and development program by Google to develop an augmented reality head-mounted display (HMD). The intended purpose of Project Glass products is to allow for the hands-free display of information to smartphone users and interaction with the Internet via natural language voice commands.
In 2008, Brin was reportedly found to have a gene for Parkinson's disease which presents him with a 50% chance of getting the disease by age 70; his mother began to suffer symptoms in her late 40s. Brin has funded Parkinson's research through the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
In 2004, after Google was publicly listed, Brin, Larry Page and Eric Schmidt agreed to reduce their annual salaries to $1, thus connecting their personal wealth directly to the company's share price.
Brin has authored various academic papers, including Extracting Patterns and Relations from the World Wide Web; Dynamic Data Mining: A New Architecture for Data with High Dimensionality and Scalable Techniques for Mining Casual Structures.
Brin's parents took advantage, in 1979, of recently liberalized emigration policies to emigrate to the United States from the Soviet Union, reportedly in response to the religious persecution suffered by Jews residing in Russian and Ukrainian territory during the 1970s and 1980s.
In 2006, Google purchased YouTube for $1.65 billion in stock.
In September 2013, Google announced plans to set up a new health company called Calico to develop technologies to tackle health issues related to aging.
In August 2014, Brin and Larry Page accepted the "Ice Bucket Challenge," which involves dumping a bucket of ice cold water over one's head and donating a small amount of money to a charity of one's choice, and nominating three people to do the same within 24 hours. Brin donated to the ALS Association, an American nonprofit organization that treats a motor neuron disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The challenge to Brin was issued by Microsoft CEO Satyanarayana Nadella.
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.
In May 2013, Brin, with Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, reportedly signed a partnership agreement with British aviation company, Signature Flight Support, to build an $82 million fixed-base operation at San Jose International Airport. The project includes an executive terminal, seven hangars, ramp space for converted airliners and servicing facilities.
Brin, Larry Page and Eric Schmidt operate a fleet of eight jets and two helicopters through a shell holding company, H211. The jets are not owned or operated by Google. In 2011, they paid at least $33 million for the renovation of Hangar One at Moffett Field in Mountain View, California. Hangar One, which is owned by NASA, was built in the 1930s and is used by the trio to park their jets; it lies just a few miles away from the Googleplex campus. The eight jets includes a Dornier Alpha Jet; the three pay at least $1.3 million a year to house it. The aircraft has scientific equipment installed by NASA to allow experimental data to be collected in flight. The other jets include a 2007 Gulfstream G-550, bearing registration number, N813QS and serial number, 5160; 2014 Bombardier Global 5000, bearing the registration number, N109QS and serial number, 9589; a 1978 Bombardier Learjet 36A bearing the registration number N82GG and serial number, 36A-040; a 1995 Cessna Citation Ultra bearing a registration number N108LJ and serial number, 560-0337; a 2000 Gulfstream G-V bearing registration number, N846QM and serial number, V-626; 2006 Gulfstream G-550 bearing registration number, N904G and serial number, 5101. In August 2013, the U.S. Department of Defense reportedly ended an agreement which allowed Schmidt, Page and Brin to travel on discounted jet fuel bought from The Pentagon. In May 2013, Blue City Holdings, an aircraft management company owned by Brin and Page, reportedly entered into a partnership with British aviation company, Signature Flight Support, to build a fixed base operation at the San Jose International Airport worth $82 million. The project includes an executive terminal, seven hangars, ramp space for converted airliners and servicing facilities.
Brin reportedly adheres to a Russian tradition of spending two hours per day outdoors irrespective of the season.
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."
In order to maintain its quirky company culture, Google has a "Chief Culture Officer," whose job is to make sure employees are happy and satisfied.
Anne Wojcicki and Brin split in 2013, as a result of Wojcicki's discovery of her husband's affair with Amanda Rosenberg, Marketing Manager for Google Glass, through a series of incriminating emails. Rosenberg had reportedly befriended Anne and regularly visited Brin's home to discuss the Google Glass project, often soliciting her advice on pitching the product to mothers. According to reports, Google co-founder Larry Page, as a friend of Wojcicki's, was upset with Brin after he heard about the affair and even stopped talking to him.
In 1993, Brin interned at Wolfram Research, who were the developers of Mathematica, a computational software program used in scientific, engineering, mathematical fields and other areas of technical computing.
As part of a prank on April Fools' Day 2013, Brin drove a pink Tesla car around LinkedIn headquarters on April 4; the car reportedly had batman wings, chrome rims and eyelashes.
Eric Schmidt met Brin and Larry Page in 2001, who offered him the position of chief executive at Google. In 2001, Schmidt was appointed the company's CEO; in that position, he oversaw the exponential growth of Google and helped to grow the company from a Silicon Valley start-up to a global leader in technology, leading it, in 2004, through its IPO. Schmidt stepped down as CEO in 2011 and was appointed as Executive Chairman.
Google has extraordinary on-campus day centers for their employees' children. In 2008, the company spent at least $37,000 a year on each child.
On 20 February 2013, Brin, along with Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan, Yuri Milner and Anne Wojcicki reportedly donated $33 million to 11 biotech inventors.
In 2002, Brin and Page were named by the MIT Technology Review TR100, as one of the top 100 innovators in the world under the age of 35. In 2003, both Brin and Page received Honorary MBAs from IE Business School. In 2004, Brin received the Academy of Achievement's Golden Plate Award at a ceremony in Chicago, Illinois. In 2004, they were named "Persons of the Week" by ABC World News Tonight. They have been named Fellows by the Marconi Society. In January 2005, Brin was nominated as one of the World Economic Forum's "Young Global Leaders." He received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Utah region from Ernst & Young. Brin. Also received the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, an Honorary MBA from Instituto de Empresa and Marconi Foundation's Highest Honor in 2004.
Brin also spends time working on personal projects outside of Google. He and Larry Page are trying to help solve the world's energy and climate problems through Google's philanthropic arm, which invests in the alternative energy industry, and to broaden the search for renewable energy. Google invested in the Atlantic Wind Connection Project, which plans to use wind turbines 350 miles off the coast of New Jersey and Virginia to bring energy to at least 1.9 million homes in the mid-Atlantic area. The duo introduced a car with "artificial intelligence," that can drive itself using video cameras and radar sensors. Brin is an investor in Tesla Motors, which has developed the Tesla Roadster, a battery-powered electric vehicle.
On their wedding day in 2007, at the Musha Cay Islands in the Bahamas, Brin and his ex-wife Anne Wojcicki swam out to a nearby sandbar and exchanged vows; the rest of the guests traveled to the wedding site by boat.
'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.
Google shares a huge network of language interfaces; at least 72 languages including fictional ones such as Klingon, Pig Latin, Pirate, and even Elmer Fudd.
Brin is a Member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Brin oversees Google's forays into hardware and the company's investment in future endeavors like driverless cars and the augmented reality spectacles known as Google Glass.

Interests, Passion, Hobbies

Hobby Name Description
Mathematics 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.
Environment Has shown interest in renewable energy and climate problems through Brin reportedly drives a Toyota Prius, a car which is half electric-powered. Google has installed 1.6MW solar panels on the rooftop of every building on its main campus in Mountain View, California.
Writing 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.
Culture and Heritage Brin often dines in San Francisco, California's many Russian restaurants, notably Katia's Russian Tea Room.
Art Appears to be interested in art; Passerelle Investment Company, a real estate investment firm reportedly bankrolled by Brin, has sponsored community outreach efforts, including temporary art exhibits, in the Silicon Valley suburb of Los Altos.
Philanthropy Serves as a Director of the Google Foundation and the Brin Wojcicki Foundation.
Technology - Internet Demonstrated an interest in Internet search while studying at Stanford University. Co-founded search engine, Google.
Sports - Hockey Plays roller hockey during breaks at work with his employees.
Extreme Sports - Skateboarding It is reported that Brin frequently arrives at work on roller skates.
Health and Wellness - Yoga Reportedly known for being especially attentive to his health; Brin is also a huge yoga enthusiast.
Media Has appeared on numerous television shows and documentaries, including the Charlie Rose Show, CNBC and CNN.
Aviation 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.
Science - Space He is a Founding Member of the Orbital Mission Explorers Circle.
Health and Wellness - Exercise Avid gymnast, has also taken trapeze lessons.
Technology - Computers Brin received his Master's degree in Computer Science.
Public Speaking Worked as an instructor of Computer Science at Stanford University in 1998. Has been a featured speaker at several international academic, business and technology forums, including the World Economic Forum and the Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) Conference.


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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Political Interests

Party Affiliation Democratic Party Political Profile Moderate political donor gives primarily to Democratic candidates and causes. Lifetime giving exceeds $80,000. Recipients include: Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee. It is unclear if Brin is registered to vote.