There is a lengthy and interesting new profile out of Google founder Sergey Brin. Published in a Jewish politics & culture magazine, you learn about how Brin thinks anti-semitism has popped up in his Wikipedia profile, and about how his “standard” Russian-Jewish family influenced his success.
From the article, here he is on the latter subject in a recent speech at a Tel Aviv university:
“I have standard Russian-Jewish parents,” he then continued in English. “My dad is a math professor. They have a certain attitude about studies. And I think I can relate that here, because I was told that your school recently got seven out of the top 10 places in a math competition throughout all Israel.”
The students applauded their achievement and the recognition from Sergey, unaware that he was setting up a joke.”What I have to say,” he continued, “is in the words of my father: ‘What about the other three?'”