He graduated from the University of Michigan with a computer engineering degree. He then went to Stanford to pursue a Ph.D. in computer science.
When launching Google, Sergey Brin and himself analyzed the link structure of the web as a way to better rank web pages.
He married research scientist Lucinda Southworth in 2007; they have two children together. His sister-in-law, Carrie Southworth, is an actress who has appeared on General Hospital.
He helped build the most profitable and successful internet company in history long before Mark Zuckerberg popularized Facebook.