What really happened between Google co-founder Sergey Brin and his wife Anne Wojcicki?
On August 28, 2013, Silicon Valley's powerhouse couple, Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, announced their split to the press. Although everyone knew their breakup centered around Google X employee Amanda Rosenberg, it wasn't until today that the full story was revealed in the newest issue of Vanity Fair.
Let's start at the beginning. Anne and Sergey met when Larry Page and Sergey Brin were developing Google in a garage. Turns out that garage belonged to Page's friend Susan, Anne Wojcicki's sister. At the time, Anne was a Yale graduate, working as a financial analyst on Wall Street.
On paper, Brin and Wojcicki made the ultimate couple. Married in 2007, they welcomed two children and enjoyed a bright future ahead of them with Brin heading one of the biggest tech companies in the world and Wojcicki running her own genetic-testing company, 23andMe.
Speaking of 23andMe, in 2004 it was suggested that a specific gene mutation passed down through family members could increase the risk of Parkinson's disease. Wojcicki tested Brin and discovered he tested positive for the mutation, putting him at a higher risk for Parkinson's. Many people have speculated that learning this information could be an emotional factor that led him to stray from Anne.
Enter Amanda Rosenberg and Google X. (By the way, this is the part in the soap opera when dramatic music would be playing and Anne would be giving Amanda some serious death glares.) In 2012, the Google Glass team partnered with Diane von Furstenberg. Rosenberg, the marking manager for Google X, headed out to New York with Brin and the rest of the team. This trip would mark the first time Brin and Rosenberg were photographed together. Could it also be when and where their love affair began?
At the time, Rosenberg was also dating fellow Google employee, Hugo Barra. (Talk about mixing business and pleasure!) Barra was an executive on the Google Android team and many people around the company knew about their relationship. Anne Wojcicki would also begin to help Rosenberg with the Google Glass campaign in order to attract the "mom audience." The two women spent time together and even attended events together with their significant others Brin and Barra.
However, even Google execs can't escape snooping wives. Eventually Wojcicki came across questionable messages between Rosenberg and Brin. Soon after she confronted him, Brin moved out of the house and the pair has been separated since.
After the news broke, Barra left Google for a Chinese tech company, sparking rumors that he was forced out of the company. Many people also claimed that Google co-founder Larry Page was so angry about how unprofessional the whole situation was that he stopped talking to Brin for a while.
A few months after the scandal, Rosenberg has come out to the public saying that she has been suffering from clinical depression and received treatment for six weeks. Meanwhile, Wojcicki and Brin are said to remain friends post scandal.
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