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Sergey Brin, founder of Google, turns 40

Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, turns 40

Sergey Brin turns 40 today. You might say you don't know who he is. Brin is an American computer scientist and internet entrepreneur who, with Larry Page, co-founded Google, one of the most profitable internet companies that is used by millions on a daily basis. His personal wealth is said to be estimated at $31.6 billion. Together, Brin and Page own about 16 percent of the company. You probably use Brin's creation several times a day.

Brin is a Russian who emigrated to the United States with his family from the Soviet Union at when he was only six years old. He followed in his father's and grandfather's footsteps and earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland by studying mathematics and computer science. His father is a mathematics professor at the University of Maryland, and his mother a researcher at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

After graduation, he moved to Stanford University to acquire a PhD in computer science. That's where he met Larry Page, and they hated each other at first. The first day they met, they spent it arguing. They later became friends and co-laborers. They crammed their dormitory room with inexpensive computers and applied Brin's data mining system to build a superior search engine. The program became popular at Stanford, and they suspended their PhD studies to start up Google in a rented garage.

The Economist newspaper referred to Brin as an "Enlightenment Man", and someone who believes that "knowledge is always good, and certainly always better than ignorance", a philosophy that is summed up by Google's motto "Organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful."

Brin is married but has been separated from his wife, Anne Wojcicki, for a year. They have a son and a daughter. Brin and fellow Google co-founder Larry Page both recently accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

According to a New York Times article, Brin’s mother has developed Parkinson’s and Brin himself has the gene for it. While Parkinson’s Disease is not fatal, it can impact a person’s quality of life.

Brin’s wife is Anne Wojcicki, a biologist who is perhaps best known for running the personal genome company 23andMe. According to All Things Digital, the couple are still technically married, but have been living apart. The couple have two children together.

Happy Birthday, Sergey! Thanks for developing Google.

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