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Not to be confused with Googol.
Traded as NASDAQ: GOOG
S&P 500 Component
Founded Menlo Park, California
(September 4, 1998)
Founder(s) Larry Page, Sergey Brin
Headquarters Googleplex, Mountain View, California, U.S.
Area served Worldwide
Key people Eric Schmidt
(Co-founder & CEO)
Sergey Brin (Co-founder)
Products See list of Google products
Revenue US$ 50.18 billion (2012)
Operating income US$ 12.76 billion (2012)
Profit US$ 10.74 billion (2012)
Total assets US$ 93.80 billion (2012)
Total equity US$ 71.72 billion (2012)
Employees 44,777 (Q2 2013)
Subsidiaries AdMob, DoubleClick, Motorola Mobility, On2 Technologies, Picnik, YouTube, Zagat, Waze
Google Inc. is an American multinational corporation specializing in Internet-related services and products. These include search, cloud computing, software, and online advertising technologies. Most of its profits are derived from AdWords.
Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were Ph.D. students at Stanford University. Together they own about 16 percent of its shares. They incorporated Google as a privately held company on September 4, 1998. An initial public offering followed on August 19, 2004. Its mission statement from the outset was "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful", and its unofficial slogan was "Don't be evil". In 2006 Google moved to headquarters in Mountain View, California, nicknamed the Googleplex.
Rapid growth since incorporation has triggered a chain of products, acquisitions and partnerships beyond Google's core...