Sergey Brin is one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs. The 42-year-old co-founder of Google may lay low in the public eye, but he’s still one of the most interesting figures in the tech community. However, despite the fact that X has spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about X. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Fifteen: He and Larry Page Didn’t’ Always Get Along. Brin and Google co-founder Larry Page met each other while they were at Stanford together, but they weren’t friends at first sight. They spent their first day together arguing, as Brin led Page on a tour of the campus.
Number Fourteen: He Did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. In fact, both Brin and Google co-founder Larry Page did the challenge! They filmed themselves doing it, so the clip is available on YouTube.
Number Thirteen: He Might Develop Parkinson’s. Specifically, Brin is more vulnerable to developing Parkinson’s than the average person. His DNA has a mutation of a gene that he shares with his mother, and his mother has already developed Parkinson’s.
Number Twelve: His Ex-Wife Is Equally Successful. Brin’s ex-wife is Anne Wojcicki, who is most well-known for developing the genome company called 23andMe. The couple finalized their divorce in 2015 though they had been living apart for some time before then.
Number Eleven: His Net Worth Is Insane. In fact, Brin’s net worth is an estimated $34.3 billion. Brin is not only the co-founder of Google, but he is also Google’s Director Of Special Projects.
Number Ten: Before There Was Google, There Was BackRub. The very first search engine Brin made with Larry Page was called BackRub, not Google. BackRub was operating on the servers at Stanford until the servers couldn’t handle the bandwidth. Brin and Page renamed BackRub to Googol – a number represented by the number one followed by 100 zeroes – in 1997.
Number Nine: They Raised $1 Million to Launch Google. Google was launched in 1998, and Brin and Page were able to raise $1 million to launch it. And the rest is history!