Home of Google
232 Santa Margarita Ave.
Menlo Park, Calif.
Then: By 1998, Stanford graduate students Larry Page and Sergey Brin had concocted an elaborate data center in Page's dorm room and registered the domain name Google.com. That year they received $1 million in backing—enough to incorporate Google and move the operation into the garage of Intel employee Susan Wojcicki, who charged $1,700 a month. Due to rapid growth the following year, they moved twice—first to a small office in Palo Alto, then to their current “Googleplex” in Mountain View.
Now: Through her close dealings with Page and Brin, Wojcicki became Google's vice-president of product management. She introduced Brin to her sister Anne, who recently became his wife. In October, 2006, Google purchased the Menlo Park home for an undisclosed sum, saying it plans to “preserve the property as a part of our living legacy.”