Sergey Mikhailovich Brin, whose full name is Sergey Mikhailovich Brin (Russian: ере иалови рин; born August 21, 1973), is an American business mogul, computer scientist, and Internet pioneer. He and Larry Page started Google.
Up until December 3, 2019, Brin served as the head of Alphabet Inc., the organization that owns Google. He and Page are still co-founders, controlling shareholders, board members, and staff members of Alphabet. With an estimated net worth of $99 billion as of July 2022, Brin ranks as the seventh-richest person in the world.
At the age of six, Brin moved from the Soviet Union to the United States with his family. He pursued computer science and mathematics at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he received his bachelor’s degree, following in the footsteps of his father and grandparents.
He enrolled at Stanford University to pursue a PhD in computer science after graduating. He met Page there, and together they created an online search engine. They interrupted their PhD studies as the program gained traction at Stanford in order to launch Google in Susan Wojcicki’s Menlo Park garage.
Childhood And Education
Brin’s parents, Mikhail and Eugenia Brin, who are both Russian Jews and Moscow State University graduates, welcomed him into the world on August 21, 1973 in Moscow, Soviet Union (MSU). His mother works as a researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, while his father is a retired professor of mathematics at the University of Maryland.
The Brin family shared a three-room apartment with Sergey’s maternal grandmother in the heart of Moscow. In 1977, Mikhail Brin declared that the family should immigrate when his father got back from a mathematics conference in Warsaw, Poland. In September 1978, they formally requested their leave visa, and as a result, his father was “promptly sacked.”
His mother was forced to quit her career for similar reasons. They were compelled to take on temporary employment for the ensuing eight months since they had no reliable source of income and were terrified their request would be rejected, as it had been for countless refuseniks. They received their formal exit visas in May 1979 and were then permitted to leave the country.
The Brin family resided in Vienna and Paris while Mikhail Brin worked with Anatole Katok to gain a job as a professor at the University of Maryland. The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society offered assistance and support to the Brin family during this period. They touched down in America on October 25, 1979.
Brin attended the Paint Branch Montessori School in Adelphi, Maryland for his elementary education, but he continued his education at home with the support of his family and the encouragement of his father, a professor in the University of Maryland’s mathematics department. His family also helped him keep up his command of the Russian language. He attended Maryland’s Eleanor Roosevelt High School.
In September 1990, Brin enrolled in the University of Maryland, where he graduated in 1993 with honors in computer science and mathematics from the Department of Computer Science at the age of 19. He worked as an intern at Wolfram Research, which created Mathematica, in 1993.
With funding from the National Science Foundation, Brin started his graduate computer science studies at Stanford University. He graduated with an M.S. in computer science in 1995. As of 2008, he was on leave from his PhD studies at Stanford.
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Brin wed biotech analyst and businesswoman Anne Wojcicki in the Bahamas in May 2007. Late in 2008, they welcomed a son, and late in 2011, a daughter. After having an extramarital affair with Google Glass’s marketing director Amanda Rosenberg, it was revealed in August 2013 that Brin and his wife were no longer together. Brin and Wojcicki formalized their divorce in June 2015.
He married Nicole Shanahan, the founder of a legal tech company, on November 7, 2018. Late in 2018, a daughter was born to them. On December 15, 2021, Brin and Shanahan announced their separation, and on January 4, 2022, Brin filed for divorce. They allegedly split up because of a liaison Shanahan had with Elon Musk.
Eugenia, Brin’s mother, has been identified as having Parkinson’s disease. He made the choice to donate to the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2008 because it was there that his mother received treatment.
Despite their divorce, Brin and Wojcicki continue to co-direct The Brin Wojcicki Foundation. In addition to making significant contributions to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, they presented $1 million to the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society in 2009.
Brin has contributed to Democratic Party groups and candidates, including the DNC and Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, for which he has given $5,000 and $30,800 respectively.
According to CNBC, after constructing a gaming PC with his son to mine Ethereum, Brin developed an interest in blockchain technology.