Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin (Russian: Серге́й Миха́йлович Брин; born August 21, 1973) is a Russian-born American computer scientist, internet entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Together with Larry Page, he co-founded Google. Today, Brin serves as President of Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc. According to Forbes List August 2016, he is the 13th richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of US$38.2 billion.
Brin immigrated to the United States with his family from the Soviet Union at the age of 6. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Maryland, following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps by studying mathematics, as well as computer science. After graduation, he moved to Stanford University to acquire a PhD in computer science. There he met Page, with whom he later became friends. They crammed their dormitory room with inexpensive computers and applied Brin’s data mining system to build a web search engine. The program became popular at Stanford and they suspended their PhD studies to start up Google in a rented garage.
The Economist referred to Brin as an “Enlightenment Man”, and as someone who believes that “knowledge is always good, and certainly always better than ignorance”, a philosophy that is summed up by Google’s mission statement, “Organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful,” and unofficial motto, “Don’t be evil“.
Net Worth As of 8/18/16: $38.1 Billion
Cofounder, Director Of Special Projects, Google
- Age: 42
- Source Of Wealth: Google, Self Made
- Residence: Los Altos, CA
- Citizenship: United States
Education: Master of Science, Stanford University; Bachelor of Arts / Science, University of Maryland, College Park
Sergey Brin runs Alphabet’s secretive X division, a key player in the race towards autonomous vehicles and the builder of self-driving cars. X (formerly called “Google X”) is also working on other moonshot projects like smart contact lenses, airborne wind turbines and the ill-fated Google Glass. In January 2015, Google announced it would stop making the then-current version of augmented reality spectacles, which had become Brin’s signature accessory and were slated to be sold commercially. Google renamed itself Alphabet in October 2015, in essence creating a parent company for the many divisions of what began as a web search company. In 2015, Brin divorced his wife Anne Wojcicki, the cofounder and CEO of genetic testing firm 23andMe. The son of two academics, Brin emigrated to the U.S. from Moscow when he was six. He founded Google with Larry Page in 1998, when they were both computer science Ph.D. students at Stanford University. The company went public in 2004.