Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) are rightfully considered technology titans and it comes as no surprise that their co-founders, the likes of Sergey Brin and Paul Allen, are loaded with money.
What escapes most people, however, is that the home offices of people like Brin or Allen may be equally as complicated as their offices in the companies that they have. In a discussion with Emily Chang on Bloomberg West, Margaret Collins shares her team’s findings after investigating the home offices of the Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) co-founders.
“Essentially, what we found out is Sergey Brin’s family office, Bayshore Global Management, has at least 47 people working for it and they range from people who help serve him on a day-to-day basis – with his physical security, a yacht captain, a photographer and archivist – to people who are on his investment management team and that includes a [chief information officer], a [chief financial officer], accountants, portfolio managers and financial analysts,” Collins tells Chang.
According to Collins, Bloomberg got the information about the Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) co-founder’s home office by getting information from Department of Labor filings, 401K filings for employees of the company, LinkedIn profiles and sources who talked to them.
Collins goes on to say that the way tech billionaires who cannot be considered “old rich” people run their family offices is different from the way other wealthy individuals run their family offices.
“Family offices have existed for at least a century, many of them serving families who are in their fifth or sixth generation. What is different with the tech billionaires and people who are from Silicon Valley who have had liquidations of wealth earlier in their career is that they are very focused on their philanthropy and impact investing so many of them are hiring people who, for example, are doing direct deals in early venture companies that can provide a financial return and do good, or they hope can accomplish both those things,” Collins explains to Chang.
The Bloomberg reporter tells her colleague that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) co-founder Paul Allen’s home office, Vulcan, has a team of at least 500 people in Seattle.
The billionaire who got his start with Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has a home office that is involved in media, space technology and investment management, among others, Collins adds.
As for recruiting, family offices for the likes of Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s Sergey Brin are being served by a sort of “underground” world of consulting firms which find people to work for these organizations, she says.
Robert Karr’s Joho Capital owned 150,664 shares of Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) by the end of the last quarter of 2014. Boykin Curry’s Eagle Capital Management owned about 32.13 million shares of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) by the end of the said period.
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