Sergey Brin (1973 – )
Sergey Brin (1973 - ). At the age of six, Sergey moved from Moscow to Maryland. He attended a Montessori School and learned much at home from his father, a math professor, and his mother, a research scientist at NASA. Sergey studied computer science at the University of Maryland, graduating at the age of 19. In a Ph.D. program at Stanford, he developed a “data mining” system that became the basis of the world’s fastest search engine. He and classmate Larry Page left Stanford to start a company in a rented garage—they called the company “Google.”
Google’s stated mission is “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” In graduate school, Bryn and Page had written a paper that outlined how to do just that. “The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine” paved the way for Google, which they founded in 1998. Many commentators have compared the revolutionary power of Google in the 20th Century to that of Gutenberg’s printing press in the 15th Century. According to Forbes Magazine, Sergey’s share in Google as of summer 2010 was worth $17.5 billion.