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A Closer Look at Google: Just How Big is the Big G?

Everyone knows about Google. Everyone uses Google. Okay, maybe not the loyalists who have their default homepage set to Yahoo or Bing, but there is no doubt that for a large number of Internet users, Google is THE king.

But just how big is Google, really? We sarcastically fondly call it the Big G, but do we really have an idea of just how big the company is?

If you’ve ever wondered about that, here is an infographic that will give you a pretty good idea of the vastness that is the Google empire.

Here’s a quick look at general Google stats, and as much as you use Google, there might be a surprise or two below!

  • The name Google is said to be a spelling mistake of the word “googol”, which was supposedly made up by a 9 year old in 1938, wondering what the number 10 to the power of 100 (equals 1 followed by 100 zeros) was called. He then made up the word “googol,” as well as the word googolplex — which is 10 to the power of googol, or 1 followed a googol number of zeros.
  • Google was incorporated on Sep 4, 1998. The web domain “” was registered on Sep 15, 1997. Were you already online then?
  • Google’s IPO (Initial Public Offering) price per share was $85. (August 2004)
  • Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin jointly own only 16% of the company’s shares. lists Brin as having a net worth of $24.4B as of Sep 2013. For Page, it’s $24.9B. When the share price reached $1000 on Oct 18th, 2013 – for the first time – Page and Brin’s joint net worth was estimated to have risen by an extra $5.9B since the previous day.
  • Reports vary, but between 900-1000 original Google employees became millionaires on paper (shares and stock options) when the company went public. As of late Jan 2008, it was estimated that about 1/3 of the first 500 original employees had left the company, as well as others that came later. Many of these “Xooglers” have founded new startups, become VCs, do philanthropic work, teach and more. Companies that some Xooglers have backed include Twitter and “green” sports car maker Tesla.
  • Estimated 2012 revenue for Google was $50.175M. Approximately 97% of that revenue was from ads.

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