Byline: S. Kamal Hayder Kazmi
Sergey Brin is a computer scientist and entrepreneur. He met Larry Page at Stanford University, and the two created a search engine that would sort web pages based on popularity. Google became the most popular search engine in the world after launching in 1998, its overwhelming success turning the co-founders into billionaires. Brin and Page later became president and CEO of Google's parent company, Alphabet, before they stepped down from their roles in December 2019. 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 internet. 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 more than a trillion searches a day in 2016. In 2006, Google purchased the most popular website for user-submitted streaming videos, YouTube, for $1.65 billion in stock. In 2012, Google unveiled its futuristic Google Glass, a type of wearable eyeglass-computer that featured touchpad and voice control, an LED illuminated...