Wednesday, December 08, 2004
Page & Brin On Barbara Walters "Most Fascinating" List
Barbara Walters had her "10 Most Fascinating People Of 2004" show tonight, and on it were Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. From ABC's website:
Google Founders Larry Page and Sergey BrinAndy Beal got the screenshot. Anyone have a transcript (or a .torrent link)?
Larry Page and Sergey Brin are not your typical billionaires. In fact, if you type billionaire into Google, the picture that emerges — fancy cars, private jets, mansions, jewels, supermodel girlfriends — isn't anything you'd find in the lifestyle of the Google guys. Page drives a Prius, which costs around $21,000. Brin gets around for the most part on in-line skates, and he still lives in a rented apartment.
Since taking Google public earlier this year, each is worth an estimated $6 billion. Even the way they took their company public was innovative. They let ordinary people bid on shares in their initial public offering, not just the big banks, because they thought it was fairer.
In fact, they see their work as more of a vocation than as a means of getting rich. "We feel like we're making a difference in the world — giving people information that they want really quickly and effectively," Page said.