Google co-founder and billionaire Sergey Brin, 47, has been spotted enjoying a lavish vacation at Lake Como in Italy with his wife and friends.
Brin and his wife Nicole Shanahan, 35, were seen basking in the Italian sun as they took in the beauty of the popular European destination during a boat ride.
The Russian-American business magnate dove into the waters and swam across the lake as he was surrounded by friends and bodyguards.
This seemingly normal vacation is quite the contrast to that of Brin’s fellow Google co-founder Larry Page, 48, who has become a recluse over the past several years – avoiding being photographed except for a handful of times since 2019.
The two both stepped down from their top positions at Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. in 2019 but Brin and Page are still currently the 8th and 6th richest people in the world, according to Forbes.
Sergey Brin, 47, and his friends board a boat on Lake Como in Italy
The billionaire and his wife were surrounded by friends and bodyguards as they enjoyed the sun on Lake Como
Brin sported a black speedo while vacationing at the popular Italian destination
The Google co-founder jumped in the lake with a friend enjoying his vacation
Brin has an estimated net worth of $112.1 billion with Page surpassing him at $115.9 billion.
In 2019, Brin publicly announced that he married patent lawyer and entrepreneur Nicole Shanahan in 2018 during a secret ceremony after three years of dating.
Shanahan, who gave birth to the couple’s first child last year, shared the news with guests at a luncheon while announcing the start of a $6 million study she and her husband’s family fund are underwriting into the harmful health effects women experience after menopause at the Buck Institute for Research.
Shanahan was a well established Silicon Valley player before she met the groom, having founded the patent management and valuation company ClearAccessIP in 2013. The following year she was also named a Code X fellow at The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics.
Shanahn was a Asian Studies major at the University of Puget Sound, and after graduating attended law school at Santa Clara University
She also studied international trade at the National University of Singapore post-law school, and attended the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies just before enrolling at SCU.
Some of the group got active while paddle boarding and swimming on the lake
Brin and his friends took advantage of the beautiful weather in the Lombardy region of Italy
The group of friends took in the beautiful sites of Lake Como during a boat ride
Lake Como is a popular vacation destination among the rich and famous
With an estimated net worth of $112.1 billion, Brin is the 8th richest man in the world
The Russian-American billionaire is a business magnate, computer scientist, and Internet entrepreneur
Brin started Google with his co-founder Larry Page, 48, in 1996
Unlike other Silicon Valley couples, Brin and Shanahan have made no secret of their relationship, choosing to go public with the news that they were dating by appearing on the red carpet of the 2016 Met Ball with Brin’s ex Anne Wojcicki and her then-beau Alex Rodriguez.
The carbon-conscious love square even arrived together in the same car, in a move that Vanity Fair later called ‘head-spinningly civilized.’
Contrasting the civilized couple, Page has reportedly been living off the grid for more than a year, hiding out in Fiji on isolated islands away from tourists as the pandemic swept the world.
Fijian health officials even pressured a TV network to pull a story about him donating COVID-19 medical supplies to the country, as the tech titan went out of his way to avoid the public.
He has spent months in Fiji during the coronavirus pandemic – mostly on the island of Tavarua – and it has been rumored the billionaire has bought at least one island in the country’s Mamanuca archipelago, sources told Insider.
Brin and Page stepped down from their leadership roles at Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. in 2019
Brin was the president and Page the CEO of Alphabet Inc
Since leaving Google, Page has become a recluse and rarely been photographed
This year, both Brin and Page joined the $100bn club when Alpahabet Inc.’s share price rose
Brin married his wife Nicole Shanahan, 35, in a secret ceremony in 2018
She was a well established Silicon Valley player before she met her now husband
Page has also been spotted an a smaller island called Namotu – which a sailor named Lorenzo Cipriani claimed Page bought in a blog post in August.
He had taken his private jet to donate COVID-19 medical supplies to Fiji last month as a second wave of the pandemic hit the country – which was reported by Fijian Broadcasting Company News on June 19, according to Insider.
However, that story has since disappeared from the state-owned news site – and sources told Insider that health officials in Fiji asked for it to come down, claiming that the information should not have been made public.
A source confirmed to DailyMail.com that the article had been removed after health officials asked for the story to be taken down because ‘they didn’t want the donation highlighted.’
The article appears to have also since been scrubbed from Google.
DailyMail.com has reached out to Fijian Broadcasting Company News for more information and additional comment.
According to Insider, the story had reported that Page flew from Hawaii to Fiji’s Nadi International Airport to provide the country with medical supplies including masks, gowns and gloves.
Page has reportedly been living off the grid, hiding out in Fiji
One of the Mamanuca islands juts out of the ocean in this file photo. It has been rumored Page has bought at least one island in the country’s Mamanuca archipelago, Insider reported
He has spent months in Fiji during the coronavirus pandemic – mostly on the island of Tavarua – and it has been rumored the billionaire has bought at least one island in the country’s Mamanuca archipelago
An aerial view of Tavarua, where Page is said to have spent most of the pandemic. The heart-shaped island is in Fiji’s Mamanuca archipelago
A photo of Page’s jet was posted to Twitter on June 19 by a Fijian journalist, who captioned the post: ‘One of the Co-Founders of Google Larry Page donated cartons of COVID-19 supplies to Fiji as the country battles its second wave of the virus.’
The plane’s call sign 813QS, pictured on one of its engines, is licensed to Blue City Holdings, according to the Federal Communications Commission .
Blue City Holdings manages a fleet for Page and his co-founder Sergey Brin, as well as former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Insider reported.
According to Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Page has a net worth of approximately $117 billion making him the sixth-wealthiest person in the world, one seat above Brin and one seat below Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.
And his wealth allowed him to enter Fiji even as the country closed its borders to traditional travelers, sources told Insider.
Fiji’s ‘Blue Lane’ initiative lets the super wealthy visit the archipelago on their superyachts and private jets, even when other travelers were banned.
‘Super yachts are welcomed with open arms for which access procedures are easier, while for sailing boats like ours it is not easy,’ Lorenzo Cipriani wrote in his blog post.
‘The government are promoting a campaign welcoming those who have a lot of money to spend and are awaiting the arrival of hundreds of luxury yachts.’
Another view of Tavarua Island, which is where Page is said to have spent most of the pandemic
Sources said that Page and his wife Lucinda Southworth (pictured together), who have two children, have been seen surfing on traditional and electronic surfboards
From a file photo in 2008 is a picture of Larry Page’s old yacht, named Senses. Business Insider reports that he’s downsized to at least one smaller yacht that is now moored in Fiji
Cipriani added: ‘To give an example, Larry Page, the founder of Google, bought the island of Namotu (just a few miles in front of us), and arrived there by private jet to spend three months on vacation with 30 of his staff.’
‘Whilst they are here, some local suppliers and tourism service agencies will work almost exclusively for them – escapees from the pandemic who have landed in paradise.’
Sources said that Page and his wife Lucinda Southworth, who have two children, have been seen surfing on traditional and electronic surfboards near the country’s islands, and that ‘he’s good at it, too.’
Southworth is a research scientist and is the sister of actress Carrie Southworth.
The couple are very private and have not revealed the names of their two children who were born in 2009 and 2011.
Google’s co-founders Page and Brin, who still hold incredible control over the company despite having both stepped away, have largely avoided scrutiny while stepping out of the limelight.
In recent months, Google and companies like Apple, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon have been hit with high-profile lawsuits and made to testify during congressional hearings.
Page, pictured with his wife, flew from Hawaii to Fiji’s Nadi International Airport to provide the country with medical supplies including masks, gowns and gloves
Tavarua is one of a series of islands in Fiji’s Mamanuca archipelago
Earlier this month, dozens of U.S. state attorneys general filed a 144-page antitrust lawsuit in federal court against Alphabet Inc’s Google on Wednesday, court documents obtained by DailyMail.com show.
It claims Google violated the Sherman Act, the federal law prohibiting monopolistic business practices.
The lawsuit reads: ‘Google has employed anticompetitive tactics to diminish and disincentivize competition in Android app distribution.’
‘Google has not only targeted potentially competing app stores, but also has ensured that app developers themselves have no reasonable choice but to distribute their apps through the Google Play Store,’ it added.
Google requires that some apps use the company’s payment tools and give Google as much as 30% of digital goods sales.
The lawsuit reads that: ‘Google also requires all app developers that sell content through the Google Play Store to sell any digital in-app content through Google Play Billing.’
‘Google now stringently enforces this tie by preventing apps distributed through the Google Play Store from using, directing consumers to, or even informing consumers about alternative payment processing options that may provide lower prices.’
As the new CEO of Alphabet Inc., Pichai appeared before congress in May – though Insider noted that he and Page talk regularly.
Pichai testified on a wide range of issues including extremism such as those who rioted at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, misinformation, cyberbullying, climate change and the coronavirus, the Washington Post reported.
Nell Minow, vice chair of consulting firm ValueEdge Advisors, called Page’s relationship with the company he co-founded ‘unusual’ in comments to Insider.
‘It’s certainly unusual, and it’s certainly not good corporate governance,’ Minow said. ‘You don’t normally see someone who’s still involved with the company hang a ‘gone fishing’ sign on the door and disappear.’
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