No. 2: Sergey Brin (Alphabet/Google)

More than twenty years on from the creation of Google, Sergey Brin is still one of the main brains behind the data leviathan.

More than twenty years on from the creation of Google, Sergey Brin is still one of the main brains behind the data leviathan.


Year took up current function: 1998

 

Sector: Online services

 

Turnover in 2018: $136.8bn

 

Growth: 118% in five years

 

 

In 2015, the change in its legal structure – Google and its affiliates are now absorbed by the holding Alphabet – had, however, transformed into a Shakespearian drama of friendship. Eric Schmidt, brother in arms of founders Brin and Larry Page and Google CEO from 2001 to 2011, was supplanted by a new generation of entrants, including Sundar Pichai, Google CEO since 2015. It was rumoured that the change of administration from Obama to Trump had been fatal to Eric Schmidt, a fervent Democrat. Sergey Brin, for his part, escaped this fate. The Moscow-born Stanford graduate continued his race for innovation and breakthrough technologies. He believed that his group needed to become much more than just a search engine. At Google X, the secretive laboratory of the Silicon Valley flagship company, Brin has spent extravagant amounts on research into autonomous vehicles, AI, transhumanism, not to mention biotechnology, with 23andMe, which offers a genetic code analysis service to individuals. True, a miniscule amount of the time and money invested is ever transformed into hard cash, but no matter! If an innovation allows the group to retain global leadership in tech, Sergey Brin will have completed his mission.

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