Sergey Brin

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  • Birth Date: August 21, 1973
  • Birth Place: Moscow, Russia
  • Parents: Michael & Eugenia Brin
  • Arrival in U.S.A.: October 25, 1979
  • Port of Entry: New York, NY (Kennedy Airport)
  • Naturalization Date:
  • Homes in U.S.A.: Greenbelt, MD; Palo Alto, CA
  • Place of primary residence: Palo Alto, CA


Sergey Brin was born on August 21, 1973 in the Russian capital of Moscow, to mathematician Michael Brin and scientist Eugenia Brin. The Brin family was subject to discrimination in the Soviet Union because of their Jewish heritage. Although both of Sergey’s parents were able to attend university and find good jobs, their educational and professional choices were limited. Jews were often denied entry to universities and the ability to advance in their careers. Consequently, in 1977, after attending a conference with mathematicians from the west who told him of the opportunities that existed elsewhere, Sergey’s father decided to leave the Soviet Union with his family.

In September 1978, Sergey’s parents applied for an exit visa for the family. As was common at the time, most people they knew professionally tried to keep their distance from the Brins, as leaving the country was officially frowned upon by the government. Sergey’s father was fired from his job as an economist with Russia’s central planning agency, and his mother was forced to quit her job. Sergey’s parents found temporary work and watched Sergey while waiting for exit visas they hoped would come. In May 1979, after eight months of waiting, the Brin family received their papers. They were lucky, because, at the time, there were many in the Soviet Union who requested, but never received, exit visas.

Michael, Eugenia, Sergey, and Michael’s mother, Maya, first moved to Vienna, Austria, and then to Paris, France. On October 25, 1979, the Brin family arrived in New York City and, shortly thereafter, moved to Maryland, where Sergey’s father began teaching at the University of Maryland. Sergey and his brother Sam, who was born in the United States, grew up in the Greenbelt, Maryland area. Sergey graduated from public high school in Greenbelt after only three years. He then went on to major in mathematic and computer science and, after only three years, earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland.

After graduation, Sergey left Maryland with a National Science Foundation scholarship and moved to Palo Alto, California in order to undertake graduate study at Stanford University. In 1995, Sergey met Larry Page, another graduate student at Stanford and, in January 1996, the two began a research project that eventually became Google, Inc. Sergey earned a masters degree before putting his graduate studies on hold in 1998 in order to focus entirely on Google. In the time since, Sergey Brin has become one of the wealthiest men in the world and Google has grown to become the largest search engine on the World Wide Web. With its mission to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful,” Google is at the forefront of revolutionizing the way that computers are used and will likely remain there for many years to come.


Last updated: October 14, 2016