Sergey Brin

Born in the former Soviet Union, Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin moved to the United States when he was just six. He earned his Bachelors degree at the University of Maryland in math and computer science. Afterwards, he went on to begin studying for his computer science PhD at Stanford University. While there, he became friends with Larry Page. The two of them shared intellectual interests and similar brainstorming prowess. Collecting computers, the two of them tried to create a never before seen search engine by utilizing a data mining system invented by Brin. That program is today known as Google. They invented Google in their dorm rooms and started the company in a garage.

Neither man ended up completing their degrees at that time but instead dropped out to raise their brainchild. Mikhaylovich is known for his fascination and wonder with learning and knowledge, a personality trait that The Economist commented on when they dubbed him an “Enlightenment Man.” According to Forbes Magazine, he is the 20th richest person in the world with a personal wealth of $30 billion as of June 2014.