These days, Sergey Brin is one of the wealthiest and most powerful people in tech.
But back in 1996, Brin was a lot like any other Ph.D. candidate – on paper, at least.
Brin’s resume, which was last updated more than 20 years ago, is still available online. At the time Brin made it, he was working toward completing his Ph.D. at Stanford University.
Brin is now worth $US43.6 billion and serves as president of Google parent company Alphabet, but in the early days, he was more focused on making an algorithm for personalised movie recommendations, or finding a way to automatically detect cases of copyright infringements.
Here’s Brin’s resume:
Brin was no slacker – he had five internships in three years and had already been published twice – but is somewhat lacking in the style department. Plus, there’s a grammatical error in the “Movie Ratings” section:
But perhaps more interesting than the resume itself is Brin’s objective, which he hid in the document’s HTML coding. You can see it for yourself by right-clicking on the webpage itself and selecting “View Page Source.”
Brin more than delivered on the objective. He got married to his former wife, 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki, on a sandbar in the Bahamas; collectively purchased eight private jets with former Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt and Google cofounder Larry Page; employs a yacht captain and personal shopper; and is currently working on a secret quest to build a giant airship.
Lisa Eadicicco contributed to an earlier version of this post.