Google has been estimated to run over one million servers in data centers around the world, and process over one billion search requests and about twenty-four petabytes of user-generated data every day.
Google's meteoric rise to Internet stardom is one of the great business sagas of our time.
The sons of college professors, Larry Page and Sergey Brin - two brainy Stanford University grad students who founded the company - say their goal was to make the entire world's information searchable and instantly accessible.
Google was co-founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were students at Stanford University and the company was first incorporated as a privately held company on September 7, 1998.
Google's first public offering took place on August 19, 2004, raising $1.67 billion, making it worth $23 billion.
Through a series of new product developments, acquisitions and partnerships, the company has expanded its first search and advertising business into other areas, including web-based email, online mapping, office productivity, and video sharing, among others.