|Sergey Brin Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 8 in|
|Date of Birth||August 21, 1973|
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Sergey Brin is a well-known computer scientist and internet entrepreneur who is credited as the co-founder of Google Inc (which later became a part of Alphabet Inc). He takes on dollar salary for his role in the Alphabet. Sergey is also an investor in Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors. Sergey supports lab-grown meat. He is a Stanford University dropout as he started his work on Google while doing his Ph.D. at Stanford.
Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin (Сергей Михайлович Брин)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Brin is based in the exclusive neighborhood of Los Altos in California.
Sergey Brin got his elementary education from Paint Branch Montessori School. However, he received further education at home as his father tutored him. He later got enrolled at the Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Maryland.
After graduating from high school, he got admission in the University of Maryland in 1990 and graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science with honors in computing science and mathematics from the Department of Computer Science.
He later got enrolled in a graduate fellowship from the National Science Foundation at the Stanford University. However, he didn’t complete his Ph.D. studies as he wanted to focus on the development of Google.
Computer scientist, internet entrepreneur
- Father – Mikhail Brin (Professor of Mathematics at the University of Maryland)
- Mother – Yevgenia Brin (Researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center)
- Siblings – He is the only child.
Sergey Brin can be reached through Google, Inc.
In 2022, Sergey Brin’s net worth was estimated at $98.6 billion as per Bloomberg Billionaires Index. At that time, he was the 6th richest person in the world.
5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
70 kg or 154 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Sergey Brin has dated
- Anne Wojcicki (2007-2015) – Sergey got married to Anne Wojcicki, a biotech analyst, and entrepreneur, in May 2007. She gave birth to a son in late 2008. In 2011, she gave birth to a daughter. In August 2013, it was revealed that he and Anne were living separately. At the same time, it was reported that he had got involved with Google Glass’s marketing director. Their divorce was eventually finalized in June 2015.
- Amanda Rosenberg (2013) – Sergey’s involvement with Amanda Rosenberg, who was Google Glass’s marketing director, was blamed for his separation from Anne. It was also rumored that Amanda had dumped her boyfriend, who worked as an executive at Google’s Android arm, for their relationship. However, their relationship was never officially confirmed by either of the parties.
- Sheyene Gerardi (2016) – Brin reportedly started dating Venezuelan actress and model Sheyene Gerardi in 2016. However, their relationship couldn’t be verified from trustworthy sources. Also, the only image available of them together seemed to be a work of photoshop, which further raised concerns over the authenticity of those dating rumors.
- Nicole Shanahan (2018-2022) – Legal tech founder Nicole Shanahan got married to Sergey on November 7, 2018. In late 2018, their daughter was born. However, this relationship also saw an end later on December 15, 2021 – this was the time when they had separated. On January 4, 2022, Sergey had filed for divorce. In July 2022, the news came that Nicole had a brief romantic affair with Elon Musk which led to the divorce between Nicole and Sergey in January 2022. It also ended the long friendship between Musk and Sergey. However, all these rumors about Elon were destroyed by him when he posted a picture of himself partying with Sergey on Twitter in July 2022 which confirmed that everything is alright between them.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Russian descent.
Unofficially, he just advertises for Google and its products.
Best Known For
- Being the co-founder of the search engine, Google. He has also served as the president of Alphabet Inc., which is Google’s parent company.
- Being one of the richest men in the world with a net worth of nearly $100 billion
In 2013, Sergey had a cameo role in the comedy film The Internship.
First TV Show
In 2001, Sergey Brin made his first TV show appearance on the comedy game show, To Tell the Truth.
Sergey relies on his love for acrobatics to keep himself in the right shape. He tries to push his body to the limits. The number of physically challenging activities he loves range from gymnastics to springboard diving. He also loves high-flying trapeze.
He has enjoyed all of these activities since his college days when he tried a variety of sports including skiing, gymnastics, in-line skating, and trapeze. He used to spend a significant chunk of time indulging in various strenuous physical activities.
Sergey Brin Favorite Things
- Books – Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard P. Feynman, Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
Source – Business Insider
Sergey Brin Facts
- When he was 6 years old, his family emigrated to the United States from the Soviet Union. His father was alarmed by the rising anti-Semitism and oppression by the state.
- Just a couple of weeks before his 17th birthday, he went to the Soviet Union on two weeks exchange program with his father and other high school students. The trip brought his childhood fear of oppression back to his mind and he took his father aside to thank him for his decision to take their family out of there.
- In 1993, he worked as an intern at Wolfram Research, which is best known for being the developer of Mathematica, a modern technical computing system.
- He met Google co-founder Larry Page during the orientation program for the new students at Stanford University.
- Initially, he and Page used to disagree on most of the topics but eventually after hanging out together, they became close friends and ‘intellectual soul mates.’
- He and Larry Page have established Google.org as the philanthropic wing of Google, which works to resolve climate and energy problems and has invested heavily in the alternative energy industry.
- Sergey had initially invested money in Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors, which works to develop a range of electric battery vehicles. In July 2022, there were wrong claims of Sergey selling his personal investments in Elon Musk’s companies, which was not the case.
- In June 2008, he made an investment of $4.5 million in the space tourism company, Space Adventures. His investment was also seen as his deposit for reservation in one of their future space programs.
- With Page, he is the co-owner of a customized Boeing 767-200 and a Dornier Alpha Jet.
- He is heavily involved in Google’s Project Glass program, which aims to develop an augmented reality head-mounted display (HMD).
- He has taken a firm stand against China’s bid to censor Google and their order to make changes to the search engine to filter out content that is deemed objectionable by the communist government of the Asian giant.
- He and Larry officially founded Google in September 1998 as a private company. The Google domain was officially registered in September 1997.
- In the early months of 1999, Page and Brin wanted to sell Google to Excite. They initially wanted to sell it for $1 million but the valuation was rejected by Excite CEO George Bell. Vinod Khosla, who was one of the Excite venture capitalists, managed to bring valuation down to $750,000 but Bell rejected that as well.
- In April 2004, the Initial Public Offering (IPO) of Google took place and the company managed to raise more than $23bn.
- After his mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, he decided to make a major donation to the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His mother has also been treated there.
- Google was originally named BackRub and was started in 1996. However, they decided that it was taking too much of bandwidth and decided to refine it.
- Brin and Page took inspiration from the word ‘Googol’, which is a mathematical term that is represented by the numeral one followed by 100 zeros, to rename their search engine.
- The first-ever Google doodle was created in August 1998 and was supposed to be out of office message to indicate that Brin and Page were going to Burning Man Festival. You can check it out here.
- The first-ever Google computer storage was built using a set of Legos.
- In their early days, Page and Brin had converted Page’s dorm room at Stanford into a machine laboratory and Brin’s room was designated as a programming center and office.
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