Sergey Brin

Google's love triangle

Very few secrets can escape Google these days, so it must have seemed like sweet justice to some when the personal and messy affairs of Google co-founder Sergey Brin became a topic of brief internet fascination last fall. The particulars of this Silicon Valley scandal: Brin separated from his wife, Anne Wojcicki, sister of Google executive Susan Wojcicki, and took up with a Google Glass marketing manager, who worked under his purview. That employee had also recently been romantically linked to another Google exec, who left Google for a phone company in China, not long before all this news involving Brin broke. Photo: KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty
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Brin might have the best job at Google: turning science fiction into reality. The search giant’s co-founder stepped down as president of technology in 2011 to focus on the fun stuff dreamed up in the super-secretive Google X labs. Take “Project Glass,” which he unveiled in June. The goofy-looking computerized glasses let users watch videos and browse the web via a tiny display in their line of vision. In his spare time, Brin (along with his wife, 23andme CEO Anne Wojcicki) has become a bigtime philanthropist, donating $132 million to the battle against Parkinson’s disease. Cash pile: Brin’s net worth is estimated at $20.3 billion. — M.L.