Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. RANDI LYNN BEACH / AP Images Google is a global superpower.
Not only is Google the most-visited website in the world — it also makes Google Android, the most popular operating system in the world.
And on the back of Google's incredibly profitable advertising business, its parent company Alphabet is worth $543.3 billion.
But it wasn't always that way.
Here's a look at the history of Google, from its roots in a pair of Stanford dorm rooms, to Larry Page and Sergey Brin's attempt to sell the company, all the way through the explosive announcement that Google was becoming Alphabet.
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Google got its start in 1996, when two Stanford PhD students named Sergey Brin (left) and Larry Page (right) had the idea for "BackRub," a revolutionary search engine that used a technology called "PageRank" that would rank web pages based on how many other web pages linked back to them.
Bloomberg Game Changers Page and Brin's first office was actually their two Stanford dorm rooms. The "BackRub" name didn't last long, as they decided that a "googol," or the number one with a hundred zeroes after it, better reflected the amount of data they were trying to sift through. The slightly friendlier name "Google" was chosen for the fledgling company.