Anne Wojcicki

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, co-founder 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 former husband, she is also carving out a niche for herself. For more than 10 years, Wojcicki was an investment analyst, overseeing healthcare 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. The kit was Time magazine's 2008 Invention of the Year.

ISSUES:

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 in recent years. They 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.

OPEN SOURCE INFORMATION: The Brin Wojcicki Foundation has famously given smaller, but still substantial donations to the Wikimedia Foundation, and Creative Commons in support of their work. 

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Brin and Wojcicki donated $1 million to fund a matching grant for Ashoka, which has a variety of programs that support entrepreneurs who are working to improve 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. And 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. 

CONTACT:

Brin Wojcicki Foundation
1660 Bush Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
650-812-2600

The Anne Wojcicki Foundation
110 First St.
Los Altos, CA 94022

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