NET WORTH: $1 billion, estimated
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Google, 23andMe
FUNDING AREAS: Medical Research, Science Research, Open Source Information, Education & Youth, Bay Area Community, TBD
OVERVIEW: Anne Wojcicki has overseen the Brin Wojcicki Foundation with her former husband, Sergey Brin, cofounder of Google. The Brin Wojcicki Foundation is still an active grantmaking operation, and held some $840 million in assets in a recent year. When Anne and Sergey separated, they also both established their own foundations. Wojcicki and her older sister Susan move philanthropy through the Anne Wojcicki Foundation, which gave away $11.25 million recently.
BACKGROUND: Anne Wojcicki is the former wife of Sergey Brin. While much of her business and philanthropic vision aligns with that of her once-husband, she is also managing to carve out a niche for herself. For more than 10 years, Wojcicki was an investment analyst, overseeing health-care investments, and in 2006 cofounded 23andMe, a company that provides rapid genetic testing through a saliva-based personal genome test kit sold on the 23andMe website. In 2008, Time magazine named this kit the "Invention of the Year."
MEDICAL RESEARCH: Wojcicki strongly supports the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, to which she and her husband have granted at least $160 million to fight Parkinson's in recent years, and have also matched millions of dollars in other donations over several years. Wojcicki has also used 23andMe to combat Parkinson's, enrolling 10,000 people in a program that is looking for the genetic markers of the disease. She's also been involved in the funding for Call9, a telemedicine startup.
SCIENCE RESEARCH: In the fall of 2013, Wojcicki, along with her husband Sergey Brin, Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan, Art Levinson, and Yuri Milner, announced the foundation of the Breakthrough Prize, a $3 million prize awarded to one physics project and six life sciences projects annually, for a total of $21 million a year. For more information, see the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences or the Fundamental Physics Prize.
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Brin and Wojcicki donated $1 million to fund a grant matching for Ashoka, which has a variety of programs that support entrepreneurs who are working to better society.
EDUCATION & YOUTH: Via the Anne Wojcicki Foundation, the family has supported UCSF. Anne and Susan's middle sister, Janet, an anthropologist and epidemiologist, is an associate professor at UCSF.
LOOKING FORWARD: Though Wojcicki has primarily focused her giving toward Parkinson's Research, it would not be surprising to see an expansion into other areas of medical research. Wojcicki has a wide variety of interests when it comes to philanthropy. The biggest factors seem to be innovative solutions, and a model that combines creating social benefit with a strong sustainable business model. The young Anne Wojcicki Foundation should be watched very carefully as well. The Anne Wojcicki Foundation gave away $11.25 million in a recent year, with almost all of that money going to a donor advised fund set up at Schwab Charitable Fund. Perhaps giving through this vehicle will be more open in the coming years.
Brin Wojcicki Foundation
1660 Bush Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
The Anne Wojcicki Foundation
110 First St.
Los Altos, CA 94022