Everybody around the world has one common habit in our daily life which is Googling. We use various Google products like Gmail, youtube, search, etc more than any app in our daily life. Do you ever wonder who owns google?

real owner of google

Overview of Google:

Alphabet Inc. is the parent company of Google LLC is an American multinational technology company focused on search engine technology, online advertising, cloud computing, computer software, quantum computing, e-commerce, artificial intelligence, and consumer electronics. Because of its market dominance, data collection, and technological edge in artificial intelligence, Google has been called the “most powerful company in the world” and one of the most valuable brands in the world, and its parent company Alphabet is one of the Big Five in American information technology, along with Amazon, Apple, Meta, and Microsoft.

Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin on September 4, 1998, when they were still graduate students at Stanford College in California. Together, they own about 14% of the company’s publicly traded shares and control 56% of shareholder voting rights through voting stock. The company went public in 2004 through an initial public offering. In 2015, Google was reorganized as a wholly owned subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. Google is Alphabet’s largest subsidiary and a holding company for Alphabet’s Internet operations and interests. Sundar Pichai was appointed CEO of Google on Oct. 24, 2015, replacing Larry Page, who became CEO of Alphabet. Pichai also became CEO of Alphabet on December 3, 2019.

Since then, the company has grown rapidly, offering a wide range of products and services in addition to Google Search, many of which are dominant in the market. These products cover a wide range of use cases, including email (Gmail), navigation (Waze & Maps), cloud computing (Cloud), web browsing (Chrome), video sharing (YouTube), productivity (Workspace), operating systems (Android), cloud storage (Drive), language translation (Translate), photo storage (Photos), video calling (Meet), smart home (Nest), smartphones (Pixel), wearable technology (through the Fitbit acquisition), music streaming (YouTube Music), video on demand (YouTube TV), artificial intelligence (Google Assistant), machine learning APIs (TensorFlow), AI French fries (TPU), and more. Discontinued Google products include Games (Stadia), Glass,[citation needed] Google+, Reader, Play Music, Nexus, Hangouts, and Inbox by Gmail.

Google’s other ventures outside of Internet services and consumer electronics include quantum computing (Sycamore), self-driving cars (Waymo, formerly the Google Self-Driving Car Project), smart cities (Sidewalk Labs), and transformational models (Google Brain).

Google and YouTube are the two most visited websites in the world, followed by Facebook and Twitter. In terms of market share, Google is also the world’s largest provider of search engines, mapping and navigation applications, email providers, office software, video sharing platforms, photo and cloud storage, mobile operating systems, web browsers, ML and virtual AI assistants. On the list of most valuable brands, Google is ranked second by Forbes and fourth by Interbrand. The company has come under criticism for issues such as data protection, tax avoidance, censorship, search neutrality, antitrust law and abuse of its monopoly position.

Google Shareholding Pattern: Explained

Alphabet Inc has dissimilar classes of shares that have a different power of voting in the company. which made it difficult to understand google’s rightful owner and their powers.

Alphabet Inc. has three types of classes, which explain to us the voting of power of larry page, Sergey Brin, and other shareholders in it.

  • Class – A: In this case, the shareholders of class A are entitled to have just 1 vote per share. which is publicly traded as ” GOOGL ” in the stock exchange.
  • Class – B: the shareholders of class B are entitled to have 10 votes per share held by the founders of the company to keep as much power to future decisions of the company. Note: These Class B shares are not publicly traded in stock exchanges.
  • Class – C: In this case, the shareholders of class B are entitled to have NO POWER. which is publicly traded as ” GOOG ” in the stock exchange.

the outstanding no: of shares of Alphabet as of December 2018.

Alphabet’s Notable shareholders by number of shares

# in millions as of Dec 2018Class A
Shares (Normal)
Class B
Shares (Super)
Class C Shares
(Non-voting)
TOTAL % of Total Shares
Vanguard22022446.4%
Larry Page0
2020405.7%
Sergey Brin01919385.5%
BlackRock19020395.5%
Fidelity16010263.7%
Eric E. Schmidt04481.2%
Other shareholders242325550071.9%
TOTAL SHARES29947350695100%

Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin holding the majority of class B shares which gives them full control of Alphabet and Google.

the outstanding no: of votes of Alphabet as of December 2018.

Alphabet’s Notable shareholders by number of votes

# in millions as of Dec 2018Class A
Shares (Normal)
Class B
Shares (Super)
Class C Shares
(Non-voting)
TOTAL % of Total Shares
Vanguard2200222.9%
Larry Page0
200020026.1%
Sergey Brin0192019225.1%
BlackRock1900192.5%
Fidelity1600162.1%
Eric E. Schmidt0410415.4%
Other shareholders24234027636%
TOTAL SHARES2994660766100%

So we should have understand how larry page and Sergey brin controls the Alphabet with just 11% Capital and More than 50% Voting Power.

Can Larry Page and Sergey Brin Sell Their Class B Shares of Alphabet:

Yes, they can sell their shares whenever want but when class B sold to others they will automatically convert into Class A shares which give just 1 voting power per share. class B shares work only when they are with Original Holders and when original holders sell their shares to another original holder the voting power reminds the same and it doesn’t create any new shares. Ex: If Larry page sells to Sergey brin.

Who are Google’s top 4 individual investors?

Pichai-with-Google-co-founder

Larry Page

Lawrence Edward Page is an American business magnate, computer scientist, and Internet entrepreneur. He is best known as the co-founder of Google with Sergey Brin.

Page was chairman of Google from 1997 to August 2001 (when he resigned in favor of Eric Schmidt) and then from April 2011 to July 2015, when he became CEO of Alphabet Inc, a post he held until December 4, 2019. He remains a board member, employee and majority shareholder of Alphabet.

The creation of Google helped Page achieve considerable wealth. As of October 2022, Page had an estimated net worth of $91.1 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, making him the seventh-richest person in the world. He has also invested in flying car startups Kitty Hawk and Opener.

Sergey Brin

Sergey Mikhailovich Brin is an American business magnate, computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur. He co-founded Google with Larry Page. Brin served as president of Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc, until his resignation on December 3, 2019. He and Page remain at Alphabet as co-founders, major shareholders, board members, and employees. As of October 2022, Brin was the eighth-richest person in the world with an estimated net worth of $87.2 billion.

John Doerr

John Doerr is a venture capitalist. He is been one of the board members of Google since 1999 and also served many positions in Google.

Sundar Pichai

Pichai Sundararajan, better known as Sundar Pichai, is an Indian-American business executive. He is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Alphabet Inc. and its subsidiary Google.

Pichai was born in Madurai, India, and earned his degree in metallurgical engineering from IIT Kharagpur. After moving to the United States, he earned an M.S. in materials science and engineering from Stanford College and an MBA from the Wharton School of the College of Pennsylvania, where he was named a Siebel and Palmer Scholar respectively

Top 3 Shareholders Of Alphabet ( Google ) Other Than Founders:

Vanguard Group, Inc: Vanguard Group is one of the largest investment advisors firms in the USA which holds major shares in top companies including Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, and Other Top Companies. It Holds More Than 22.5 Million Shares in Alphabet ( Class C )

Blackrock, Inc: BlackRock is a global investment management company and the largest asset manager in the world. This firm held about $7.4 trillion in AUM as of December 31, 2019. Which also holds majority shares in Top Companies mentioned above. BlackRock holds approximately 20.0 million Class C shares of Alphabet.

T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc: T. Rowe Price is a publicly owned investment management company offering a variety of Financial Services. This company’s largest fund is its T. Rowe Price Blue Chip Growth Fund, T. Rowe Price holds More Than 12.2 million Class C shares of Alphabet.

Conclusion: Based on this the real owner of Alphabet is Class B shares Holders. Larry Page and Sergey Brin are the real Owners of Google-Based On The Above Details.

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