Anne Wojcicki

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Anne Wojcicki
Born (1973-07-28) July 28, 1973 (age 43)
San Mateo County, California
Residence Los Altos Hills, California
Nationality American
Citizenship American
Alma mater Yale University
Occupation Genomics Pioneer
Known for Co-founder and CEO of 23andMe
Spouse(s) Sergey Brin (married 2007–2015)[1]
Children 2
Parent(s) Stanley Wojcicki
Esther Wojcicki
Relatives Susan Wojcicki (sister)
Janet Wojcicki (sister)

Anne E. Wojcicki (/wˈɪtski/ woh-JIT-skee; Polish: [vujˈt͡ʃit͡skʲi]; born July 28, 1973) is an American entrepreneur and the co-founder and chief executive officer of the personal genomics company 23andMe. She was formerly married to Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin.[1]

Early life[edit]

Wojcicki, the youngest of three daughters, was born in San Mateo County, California. Her parents are Esther Wojcicki (née Hochman), an educator, and Stanley Wojcicki, a physics professor emeritus at Stanford University. Her mother is Jewish and her father is a Polish-born American. Her sisters are Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube and a former executive at Google[2] and Janet Wojcicki, anthropologist and epidemiologist at the University of California, San Francisco.[3]

Wojcicki grew up on the Stanford campus. When she was two, she learned how to figure skate, but later quit and started playing ice hockey.[4] She attended Gunn High School in Palo Alto, California, and was an editor for The Oracle, the school newspaper, and won a scholarship for her sports stories.[3][5] She attended Yale University, where she was a competitive ice skater and played on the varsity women's ice hockey team.[6][7] She graduated with a B.S. in biology in 1996.[8] She did molecular biology research at the National Institutes of Health and the University of California, San Diego.[5]


After graduating, Wojcicki worked as a health care consultant at Passport Capital, a San Francisco-based investment fund[5] and at Investor AB.[4] She was a health care investment analyst[6] for 4 years, overseeing health care investments, focusing on biotechnology companies. Disillusioned by the culture of Wall Street and its attitude towards health care,[9] she quit in 2000, intending to take the MCAT and enroll in medical school. Instead, she decided to focus on research.[4]

In 2006, she co-founded 23andMe with Linda Avey.[10] 23andMe is a privately held personal genomics and biotechnology company, based in Mountain View, California, that provides genetic testing.[11] The company is named for the 23 pairs of chromosomes in a normal human cell. The company's personal genome test kit was named "Invention of the Year" by Time magazine in 2008.[12] In October 2013, Fast Company named Wojcicki "The Most Daring CEO".[4][13]

Personal life[edit]

Wojcicki married Google co-founder Sergey Brin in May 2007.[6] They have a son, Benji Wojin, born in December 2008, and a daughter, Chloe Wojin, born in late 2011.[14] News reports on August 28, 2013, announced that Wojcicki and Brin were living separately but that they were not legally separated.[15][16] In March 2015 Wojcicki filed for divorce, which was finalized in June 2015.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Lorenzetti, Laura (2015-06-24). "Google's Sergey Brin and 23andMe's Anne Wojcicki legally divorced". Fortune. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Barry Schwartz (February 27, 2013). "Anne Wojcicki, Google's Co-Founders Wife, On TMZ With Google Glass". Search Engine Roundtable. Retrieved July 2, 2013. Anne Wojcicki, married to Google's co-founder, Sergey Brin and the sister of Susan Wojcicki, a Google executive... 
  3. ^ a b Sellers, Patricia (February 1, 2012). "Before Google, the Wojcicki girls learned from Mom". Fortune Magazine. Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d Murphy, Elizabeth (October 14, 2013). "INSIDE 23ANDME FOUNDER ANNE WOJCICKI'S $99 DNA REVOLUTION". The Fast Company. Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c Duke, Scott (May 16, 2007). "Google co-founder Sergey Brin gets hitched in the Bahamas". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c Hafner, Katie (May 29, 2007). "Silicon Valley Wide-Eyed Over a Bride". The New York Times. Retrieved July 2, 2013. Anne Wojcicki, the 33-year-old former health care investment analyst who this month married a handsome young computer scientist.. 
  7. ^ "100 Marathons' Worth of Miles Awaits Sam Fox '09 in Charitable Effort for Parkinson's". August 4, 2011. Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
  8. ^ 23andMe. "board members". Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  9. ^ Cha, Ariana Eunjung (June 27, 2014). "23andMe co-founder Anne Wojcicki's Washington charm offensive". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 8, 2014. 
  10. ^ 23andMe. "corporate info". Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "Fact Sheet". Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  12. ^ Hamilton, Anita (October 29, 2008). "Best Inventions of 2008". Content Time. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  13. ^ 23andMe (October 19, 2013). "CEO Anne Wojcicki named "The Most Daring CEO in America" by @FastCompany Read the cover story". Twitter. Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
  14. ^ Welch, Liz (May 29, 2012). "The Way I Work: Anne Wojcicki, 23andMe". Inc. 
  15. ^ Gannes, Liz (August 28, 2013). "Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin and 23andMe Co-Founder Anne Wojcicki Have Split". All Things Digital. 
  16. ^ Grigoriadis, Vanessa (April 2014). "O.K., Glass: Make Google Eyes". Vanity Fair. Retrieved October 4, 2014.