The majority of Brin's fortune is held in Google, the publicly traded search engine company he co-founded with Larry Page in 1998. Brin, who stepped down as president of technology in 2011 to direct the company's special projects, also oversees a large investment portfolio. He has sold more than $3.6 billion worth of Google stock since 2004.
On a spring afternoon, Xavier Niel enters the boardroom of Iliad SA, the Paris-based telecommunications firm he founded two decades ago. He’s wearing a white dress shirt and jeans, the same outfit he’s sported with Steve Jobs–like regularity for years. With his longish hair and rumpled attire, he looks more like a hacker who’s blundered into the wrong office than a man who’s worth $10.5 billion.
Sergey Brin, the 38-year-old co- founder of Google Inc., is making strides in his quest to find a cure for Parkinson’s, a progressive disease his DNA and family history suggest may afflict him as early as 10 years from now.
Bloomberg Markets’ inaugural list of the world’s richest people showcases the billionaires who pull the levers on the global economy. Their net worth totals $2.7 trillion, about the size of the gross domestic product of France, the fifth-biggest economy on the planet.