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From Elon Musk to Tim Cook, here's where the world's most influential tech founders and CEOs went to college — and what they studied

College is where many figure out what they're actually interested in and determine the career they want to pursue. We researched the degrees and schools attended by well-known tech CEOs, many of whom launched their companies or landed on the idea for their first startup while studying at college. Here's where 52 CEOs and founders in the tech industry went to school, and what they studied. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. For new college students, choosing a major can feel l...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Elon Musk, Cook, Sweden, Maryland, Microsoft, Yahoo, Mba, Stanford, India, Satya Nadella, Trends


All the companies and divisions under Google's parent company, Alphabet, which just made yet another shake-up to its structure (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google reorganized to become Alphabet in 2015, but the way the company is structured is still rather confusing. Alphabet is organized in two parts: Google and "Other Bets," which each house the various other parts of the company's business. Here's a breakdown of all the divisions under Alphabet.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It's been more than four years since Google blew up its entire corporate structure to form a new parent company: Alphabet. The shake-up was intende...
Tags: Google, Motorola, Microsoft, New York City, Toronto, Trends, Mit, Larry Page, Hawaii, Sergey Brin, Project Loon, Atap, Susan Wojcicki, Tony Fadell, Kansas City, Sundar Pichai


Here's where Google's first 21 employees are now (GOOG, GOOGL)

Most of the original employees at Google have since left the company — even founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Many early Googlers became entrepreneurs or executives at other companies. Marissa Mayer, for example, was employee No. 21 — she later became CEO of Yahoo.  Others have stayed at Google. Susan Wojcicki, Google's 16th employee, is currently the CEO of YouTube. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Only a few of Google's earliest employees still work at the internet gia...
Tags: Google, Verizon, Twitter, Elon Musk, London, Yahoo, Massachusetts, Trends, Linkedin, Cisco, Larry Page, Larry Ellison, Sergey Brin, Google Earth, Susan Wojcicki, Lake Tahoe


The most unusual, extravagant ways tech executives like Larry Ellison and Elon Musk have spent their money

Tech executives like Larry Ellison, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk have found unusual ways to spend their billions.  Elon Musk bought the submarine car from "The Spy Who Loved Me," while Jeff Bezos dredged pieces of the Apollo 12 engine from the bottom of the Atlantic.  Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison owns 98% of the Hawaiian island of Lanai.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. If you're among the richest people in the world, chances are you've found some unusual ways to spend yo...
Tags: Google, Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Trends, Tesla, Nasa, Larry Page, South Africa, Hawaii, Larry Ellison, Sergey Brin, James Bond, Jeff Bezos, Boeing, Ellison


Google's cofounders lost almost $2 billion each after Alphabet reported lower than expected revenue. Here's how they built a combined $127 billion fortune and how they spend it.

Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin each lost nearly $2 billion from their net worths after the search engine's parent company reported on Monday. Brin and Page announced that they were stepping down from their roles at Alphabet in December. With a reported net worth of $64.6 billion, former Alphabet CEO Larry Page is the seventh-richest person in the world according. Former Alphabet president Sergey Brin is No. 10, with a reported net worth of $62.3 billion. The pair of multibillio...
Tags: Google, New York Post, Elon Musk, Stanford, New York City, US, San Francisco, Trends, Tesla, Bloomberg, Nasa, Cnn, Larry Page, New York Times, Tim Cook, Sergey Brin


Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin lost almost $2 billion each after Alphabet reported lower than expected revenue. Here's how they built a combined $127 billion fortune and how they spend it, from trapeze lessons to a 600-foot 'air yacht.'

Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin each lost nearly $2 billion from their net worths after the search engine's parent company reported on Monday. Brin and Page announced that they were stepping down from their roles at Alphabet in December. With a reported net worth of $64.6 billion, former Alphabet CEO Larry Page is the seventh-richest person in the world according. Former Alphabet president Sergey Brin is No. 10, with a reported net worth of $62.3 billion. The pair of multibillio...
Tags: Google, New York Post, Elon Musk, Stanford, New York City, US, San Francisco, Trends, Tesla, Bloomberg, Nasa, Cnn, Larry Page, New York Times, Tim Cook, Sergey Brin


Google Parent Company Alphabet Hits $1 Trillion Market Cap

Google parent-company Alphabet has hit $1 trillion in market capitalization, making it the fourth U.S. company to hit the milestone. CNBC reports: Apple was the first to hit the market cap milestone in 2018. Then, Microsoft and Amazon followed. Apple and Microsoft are still valued at more than a trillion dollars while Amazon has since fallen below the mark. Analysts are bullish on the company's newly appointed CEO, Sundar Pichai. In a surprise announcement in December 2019, Alphabet founder Larr...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Tech, Larry Page, Cnbc, Alphabet, Page, Brin, Google Parent Company Alphabet Hits, Sundar Pichai In, Sergey Brin Pichai


Google Reaches $1 Trillion in Value, Even as It Faces New Tests

The internet search giant became the fourth tech company — after Apple, Amazon and Microsoft — to reach the market milestone.
Tags: Google, News, Microsoft, Numbers, Pichai, Page, Larry, Google Inc, Alphabet Inc, Sergey, Brin, Apple Amazon, Appointments and Executive Changes, Computers and the Internet, Politics And Government, Sundar


Trillion-Dollar Company: Google Reaches Milestone in Market Value

The internet search giant became the fourth tech company — after Apple, Amazon and Microsoft — to reach the market milestone.
Tags: Google, News, Microsoft, Numbers, Pichai, Page, Larry, Google Inc, Alphabet Inc, Sergey, Brin, Apple Amazon, Appointments and Executive Changes, Computers and the Internet, Politics And Government, Sundar


From Priscilla Chan to Melinda Gates, these are the spouses of some of the most powerful people in tech

Most of tech's most powerful CEOs are married.  Not everyone is coupled up — Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have girlfriends, while Jack Dorsey and Tim Cook appear to be single.  But for those who are married, many of them have been with their spouses for years or even decades.  Here's a look at the lives of the spouses of tech's biggest CEOs.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It takes a special type of person to become the partner of a high-powered tech executive: From long week...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Hong Kong, Elon Musk, New York, Instagram, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, Stanford, India, Satya Nadella, New York City, Disney


Alphabet’s controversial chief legal officer David Drummond is leaving, saying he has decided to retire

The changing of the guard at Alphabet continues. Roughly one month after Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin announced they’d be stepping down as the CEO and president of the search giant’s parent company, one of their top lieutenants, Alphabet’s chief legal officer, David Drummond, told employees that he, too, is leaving the company. In a memo shared with Bloomberg and reprinted below, Drummond said that “with Larry and Sergey now leaving their executive roles at Alphabet” and the ...
Tags: Google, TC, Drama, Tech, Bloomberg, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Silicon Valley, Cnbc, Alphabet, Jennifer, Drummond, Larry, Blakely, Sergey, Brin


Alphabet's chief legal officer is leaving the company after a series of scandals involving allegations of sexual misconduct (GOOG)

Alphabet Chief Legal Officer David Drummond is leaving the company. Drummond will not get a severance package according to a Forbes report. His departure follows allegations that he had relationships with subordinates at the company and the reported launch of a board investigation into Alphabet's handling of sexual misconduct claims. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. David Drummond, Alphabet's chief legal officer who has been accused of having multiple relationships with sub...
Tags: Google, Trends, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, SEC, Sundar Pichai, Cnbc, Alphabet, Forbes, Drummond, Blakely, Brin, Andy Rubin, David Drummond, Jennifer Blakely, David Drummond Alphabet


Google insiders have a weird reaction to executive changes, and FedEx's war with Amazon rages on (AMZN, GOOGL)

Hello!  Welcome to your weekly fix of Business Insider's Prime stories. I'm Cadie Thompson, Business Insider's deputy executive editor, and I'm helping fill in while Matt Turner is on paternity leave.  This will be our last newsletter for 2019, as we will be taking next Sunday off. With that in mind, we'd just like to say thank you for being a loyal Prime member and we can't wait to do 2020 with you.  Bracing for 2020 The year is coming to a close, which means it's time to start planning for ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Elon Musk, New York, Instagram, Youtube, Softbank, New York City, US, Trends, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Peter Thiel, Pizza Hut, Deutsche Bank


After a year of unrest at Google, insiders are reacting with a weird lack of emotion to the leadership change (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin stepped down from Google leadership on December 3, and employees say the company hasn't announced any major changes under new Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai. Pichai has served as Google CEO since 2015, and has largely been the face of the company. Workers say Page and Brin haven't made public appearances at the company in more than six months. Some workers say they wish Brin and Page expressed more sympathy for employees that had been fired for for viol...
Tags: Google, US, Trends, Workers, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Silicon Valley, Sundar Pichai, Alphabet, Pichai, Business Insider, Page, Brin, Watch Google, Sundar, Memegen


The forgotten 'third founder' of Google is fighting a fierce legal battle against his wife, who says he purposely sold his startup in a 'fire sale' amid their divorce (GOOG)

Scott Hassan, who helped Larry Page and Sergey Brin launch Google, has been called the "third Google founder." Hassan left Google in its early days, but embarked on his own successful career as a tech entrepreneur. He is known as a trailblazer in robotics and founded Suitable Technologies, creator of the popular Beam robot, which is used for tele-presence at events. But today Hassan is in the middle of a bitter legal dispute with Allison Huynh, his estranged wife — an engineer and entrepreneu...
Tags: Google, California, Stanford, Trends, Palo Alto, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Nba, Denmark, Silicon Valley, San Jose, Delaware, Sundar Pichai, Steph Curry, Page, Scott


Before and after photos show how dramatically 14 world-famous CEOs changed since they started the job

Many of America's longtime top CEOs have held their positions for years. They've weathered their companies going public, internal turmoil, and public scandals. Tech execs like Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Amazon's Jeff Bezos were once fresh faces on the scene. Now, they've crafted themselves into multibillionaires while growing their businesses into worldwide success stories.  Take a look at how dramatically these longtime top execs have changed since they've started the job. Visit Business ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Spacex, Cook, Microsoft, Congress, Steve Jobs, John Sculley, Ebay, Ipo, Satya Nadella, Africa


Here's how Google has changed throughout the decade, from its quirky campus to its famous 'moonshots' (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google was already a giant in the tech industry by the end of 2009, dominating in ad-search, video-sharing, and mobile operating systems.  The company was still famously eccentric, housing a dinosaur statue on its Googleplex campus and regularly tweaking its signature logo on the search page to celebrate different events.  But Google management looked very different: CEO Eric Schmidt presided over the company, as the company board thought the two young cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin nee...
Tags: Apple, Google, Motorola, Microsoft, China, US, Trends, Larry Page, New York Times, Sergey Brin, Htc, Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett, Silicon Valley, Mountain View, Capitol Hill


An exclusive fundraiser reveals Pete Buttigieg is being backed by some of Silicon Valley's wealthiest families

Pete Buttigieg is having a fundraiser hosted for him by a group of extremely wealthy Silicon Valley families, according to a host list obtained by Recode. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is listed as a co-host, as are family members of Sergey Brin, Eric Schmidt, and Sheryl Sandberg. Buttigieg has come under fire from rival Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren for his ties to big tech. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Pete Buttigieg is having a fundraiser thrown for him by a who'...
Tags: Apple, Google, Elizabeth Warren, Trends, Netflix, Warren, Silicon Valley, Eric Schmidt, Cnbc, Reed Hastings, Pete, Sandberg, Brin, Palo Alto The, Buttigieg, Pete Buttigieg


Google Founders Leave; Shocking Rules; Culture DOESN’T Eat Strategy; Dec 9 OPSP Webinar

Dear ScaleUps, Hope it’s been a productive and purposeful week. Here are some insights/opportunities to help you outlearn/outthink the competition. …your culture is how your company makes decisions when you’re not there…   Ben Horowitz, author What You Do Is Who You Are Latest ScaleUp News -- A small tech company tried it all to stop employee turnover. Only one thing worked (you’ll be surprised by the...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, London, Leadership, India, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Sydney, Ben Horowitz, Jeff Bezos, Lazard, Zuckerberg, Ny Times, Ben


Google Cancels Weekly All-Hands Meetings Amid Growing Workplace Tensions

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Google is getting rid of one of its best-known workplace features: TGIF, its weekly all-hands meeting. The company confirmed to CNBC that it will instead hold monthly all-hands meetings that will be focused on business and strategy while holding separate town halls for "workplace issues." An email announcing the change was previously reported by The Verge. Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin started TGIFs in 1999 as a forum where employees could r...
Tags: Google, Tech, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Cnbc, Pichai, Brin, TGIF


Tech Companies Are Destroying Democracy and the Free Press

Ad revenue that used to support journalism is now captured by Google and Facebook, and some of that money supports and spreads fake news.
Tags: Google, Facebook, News, Social Media, Newspapers, Search Engines, Wall Street Journal, Online Advertising, Page, Larry, Google Inc, Facebook Inc, Free Press, Sergey, Brin, News and News Media


The most outrageous splurges of tech billionaires, from Richard Branson's private island to Jeff Bezos' $65 million private jet

Tech billionaires have been known to make extravagant purchases from time to time.  Amazon founder Jeff Bezos spent $65 million dollars on an eight-seater private jet, while Elon Musk splurged on the submarine car from the James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me."  Check out 23 of the most outrageous purchases made by tech billionaires.  The richest people in tech are some of the world's biggest billionaires — and have plenty of money to spare for extravagant purchases. While many of these tech...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Japan, Spacex, Elon Musk, New York, Texas, London, Microsoft, Washington, Jay Z, Boston, San Francisco, Trends


Google is going through a slow-motion employee revolt and its cofounders are missing in action (GOOG, GOOGL)

As tensions have mounted between Google employees and leadership, the company's cofounders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, are missing in action. None of the thirteen current and former employees we spoke to know exactly why Page and Brin have receded into the background, though some speculate the billionaires simply don't want to be bothered with the growing criticism the company faces. In their absence, vocal employee organizers have stepped up their efforts to overturn controversial projects l...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, China, New York City, America, Trends, Bloomberg, Larry Page, New York Times, Sergey Brin, SEC, Silicon Valley, Pentagon, CBP, Times, Eric Schmidt


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. WeWork is planning to lay off up to 25% of its employees, a source familiar with the matter told Business Insider. The cuts come as new CEOs Artie Minson and Sebastian Gunningham try to focus on WeWork's core business after a tumultuous lead-up to a shelved initial public offering. ICE is reportedly using fake Facebook accounts to track undocumented immigrants and lure them into sting operations. The practice seemingly violates ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, Mississippi, Trends, Eu, Sergey Brin, Sequoia Capital, Palantir, Sundar Pichai, Alexa, Palmer Luckey, Zuckerberg, Fox Business News, Shanahan, Amazon Alexa


Google cofounder Sergey Brin has secretly been married to a law tech founder since 2018. Here are 14 other power couples who rule the tech world.

Google cofounder Sergey Brin has secretly been married to his girlfriend Nicole Shanahan since 2018, the Chronicle of Philanthropy recently reported. There are several other leaders in the tech industry who are dating, and married to, prominent venture capitalists, models, athletes, and powerful people. These are 15 of the most powerful couples in the tech world. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. As the singer Grimes, Tesla CEO Elon Musk's maybe-paramour, might say, we appre...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Trends, Sergey Brin, Grimes, Jeff Bezos, Chronicle of Philanthropy, MacKenzie, Brin, Nicole Shanahan, Grimes Tesla, Nicole Shanahan Shanahan


Google's Sergey Brin has secretly been married to the founder of a legal tech startup since 2018 (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google cofounder Sergey Brin has been married to his girlfriend Nicole Shanahan since 2018, the Chronicle of Philanthropy recently reported. Brin, 46, and Shanahan, 34, have been dating since 2015, and have one child together who was born last year. Brin was previously married to 23andMe founder Anne Wojcicki, but they finalized their divorce in 2015. They have two children together. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Google cofounder Sergey Brin has reportedly been married s...
Tags: Google, Trends, Sergey Brin, Jamaica, Vanity Fair, Alex Rodriguez, 23andMe, Anne Wojcicki, Rosenberg, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Shanahan, Brin, Wojcicki, Amanda Rosenberg, Nicole Shanahan, Bia Echo Foundation


Towards a Framework for Responsible Trans Casting Part 4: The Framework

This is Part 4 of a four-part series. We strongly encourage you to read Parts 1, 2, and 3 before continuing. Preamble We’re almost done. Having laid out some trans theory and heard from trans practitioners, we’re about to lay out a framework for responsible trans casting in singing theater. We intend this to be a minimal framework, in two senses. First, we have kept the number of guidelines to a minimum, balancing thoroughness with flexibility to produce something that is clear and concrete whil...
Tags: New York City, Religion, US, Aiden, Transgender, Angel, Opera, Les Miserables, Columns, Zelda, Seville, Coney Island, Tony, Boise, Don Giovanni, West Side Story


Larry Page and Sergey Brin have reportedly failed to attend a single Google all-hands meeting in 2019

Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have stopped turning up to Google's weekly town hall meetings, BuzzFeed reports. According to BuzzFeed, the pair haven't made an appearance at any of the 2019 meetings. The meetings — known as TGIF — have historically been a space where employees can question the cofounders about anything. Google has recently been contending with a series of internal backlashes. Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. Although Google's cofounders Larry Page and...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, China, Trends, Larry Page, New York Times, Sergey Brin, Silicon Valley, Sundar Pichai, Rubin, Brin, Watch Google, Andy Rubin, Larry Page Sergey Brin, Kay Coles James


From humping turtles to Larry Page's pancakes: 31 of the most bizarre Google+ posts by Google execs that we'll miss the most (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google began deleting user accounts from its Google+ social network this week.  Among the accounts that got deleted were those of Google's own executives.  In addition to providing important records about company history, the lost Google+ accounts were a rich trove of information about the people running Google; sometimes silly and whimsical, other times eerily foreboding. Business Insider took screenshots of some of the best posts by Google execs to ensure that they wouldn't be lost to time. ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, San Francisco, Trends, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Google Glass, Eric Schmidt, Sundar Pichai, Moscone Center, Brin


Google has deleted the Google+ profiles of Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Sundar Pichai amid the Google+ shutdown — wiping away years of important company history (GOOG, GOOGL)

Tuesday marked the long-promised day when Google began the process of deleting Google+ accounts, ahead of the social network's total shutdown.  And not immune to the purge were the accounts of high-powered Google executives, which are vanishing from public view. The accounts belonging to executives past and present like Sergey Brin, Sundar Pichai, and Eric Schmidt were deleted shortly after Business Insider reached out to Google for comment. However, we were able to take screenshots of Larry P...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Jeff Bezos, National Security Agency, British Museum, Eric Schmidt, Sundar Pichai, Signal, Nikesh Arora, Omid Kordestani, Zuckerberg, Page