- Larry Page and Sergey Brin are among the wealthiest ten people in the world.
- Neither one has signed the Giving Pledge.
- The Google co-founders’ philanthropic initiatives have been low-key.
In their farewell letter, Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin reiterated the fact that the technology giant that they founded is unconventional. Compared to other tech billionaires who made their fortune in the sector, Page and Brin aren’t conventional either in at least one aspect – neither one’s name is on the philanthropic Giving Pledge list.
Though they are under no obligation to put their names under that exclusive list that screams “I’m one of the world’s wealthiest people” in a less decadent way than purchasing an island, Page and Brin are now a minority among Silicon Valley’s wealthiest.
Will this be their legacy as they leave the day-to-day operations of Google’s parent company, Alphabet?
Google founders snub Bill Gates and Warren Buffett initiative
By not signing the Giving Pledge initiated by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, the two Google co-founders are diverging from a trend set by their billionaire peers.
As of December 4th, Larry Page is the world’s seventh-richest person, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Sergey Brin ranks tenth.
The Google co-founders’ tech contemporaries include the founder of a firm in a subsector they failed to conquer – social media. That, of course, is Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the planet’s fifth-richest person with a net worth of over $70 billion.
Alongside his wife Priscilla Chan, his philanthropic areas of interest include education, science, and health initiatives.
Zuckerberg’s co-founder at the social media giant, Dustin Moskovitz, is also on the Giving Pledge list.