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Sergey Brin created Google, the world's most popular search engine, with Larry Page. The two still manage the company and are billionaires.
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Sergey Brin was born on August 21, 1973, in Moscow, Russia. His family emigrated to the United States to escape Jewish persecution in 1979. He met Larry Page at Stanford University, and the two created a search engine that would sort web pages based on popularity. They named the search engine "Google," based on the mathematical term "googol." Since it's launch in 1998, Google has become the most popular search engine in the world.
"Solving big problems is easier than solving little problems."
Internet entrepreneur and computer scientist Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin was born on August 21, 1973, in Moscow, Russia. The son of a Soviet mathematician economist, Brin and his family emigrated to the United States to escape Jewish persecution in 1979. After receiving his degree in mathematics and computer science from the University of Maryland at College Park, Brin entered Stanford University, where he met Larry Page. Both students were completing doctorates in computer science.
As a research project at Stanford University, Brin and Page created a search engine that listed results according to the popularity of the pages, after concluding that the most popular result would often be the most useful. They called the search engine Google after the mathematical term "googol," which is a 1 followed by 100 zeros, to reflect their mission to organize the immense amount of information available on the Web.
After raising $1 million from family, friends and other investors, the pair launched the company in 1998. Headquartered in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, Google held its initial public offering in August 2004, making Brin and Page billionaires. Google has since become the world's most popular search engine, receiving an average of 5.9 billion searches per day in 2013.
In 2006, Google purchased the most popular website for user-submitted streaming videos, YouTube, for $1.65 billion in stock.
In March 2013, Brin was ranked No. 21 on Forbes' 2013 "Billionaires" list, and No. 14 among U.S. billionaires who made the list. According to Forbes.com, as of September 2013, Brin's net worth was $24.4 billion. Now serving as director of special projects at Google, Brin continues to share the company's day-to-day responsibilities with Page, who now serves as Google's CEO, and Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of the company.
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