Sergey Brin

Computer Scientist / Business Personality

Born: 21 August 1973
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Best known as: The co-founder of Google

Sergey Brin and his fellow Stanford student Larry Page invented the Internet search engine Google. Sergey Brin's parents were Russian immigrants; he was six when the family moved to the United States. His father became a professor of math at the University of Maryland, and Sergey Brin graduated from the same university in 1993 with honors in computer science. He moved on to graduate school at Stanford University, where he studied data mining and then joined forces with Page. Together they wrote the paper "The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine" and created their own search engine, at first known as BackRub and then in 1998 incorporated as Google. The company was an immediate success, growing so quickly that in a few years "Google" had become a verb for Internet search. The company's 2004 public stock offering made both men billionaires and leading high-tech figures of the new century. From 2001-2011, Brin and Page ran Google along with their hand-picked CEO, Eric Schmidt; Brin had the title of "Co-Founder and President of Technology." In 2011, Larry Page was named CEO, with Schmidt moving to the job of executive chairman and Sergey Brin returning to the simple title of "Co-Founder." The company said Brin would oversee new and strategic products.

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Sergey Brin and Larry Page both received master's degrees from Stanford, but never completed their doctorates; Google describes Brin as being "on leave" from the Ph.D. program in computer science at Stanford... Sergey Brin married biochemist Anne Wojcicki in May of 2007. Anne Wojcicki is a co-founder of the genetic data service 23andMe. In 2008, Brin announced that testing done by 23andMe showed that he had a greater-than-average risk of contracting Parkinson's Disease later in his life... The name Google is a play on the mathematical term googol -- a one followed by 100 zeroes.

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