Sergey Brin, Los Altos, CA
$300,000 to winners, $1,100,000 to losers
Sergey Brin co-founded the search engine and Internet company Google with Larry Page. Brin, who emigrated from the Soviet Union to the United States with his parents at the age of 6, graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland. He received a master’s in computer science in 1995 from Stanford University, where he met Page. While working toward his doctorate, Brin and Page filed for incorporation of Google in September 1998. Brin now directs special projects at Google. He became a large benefactor of Parkinson’s disease research after discovering he has a genetic mutation, increasing the odds he could get the disease.
Total contributions: $1,400,000
List of contributions
Source: Contribution data from National Institute on Money in State Politics
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