He recently donated $1 million to the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, which helped him and his family leave the former Soviet Union and move to the United States.
While compared to the estimated $16 billion net worth, $1 million isn't much, but along with $29 million in gifts to other organizations, it's a good start to promised further philanthropic efforts.
In an interview with the
The HIAS promises to use the money to improve its online outreach efforts.
In a separate interview held at the Web 2.0 conference last week, the quirky billionaire was on full display, as he revealed his choice in footwear to the audience -- colorful FiveFingers shoes with individual toes that have become somewhat popular among the geeky set.
So maybe they're not in the best taste, but clearly Brin's heart is in the right place.
Jackson West thinks those FiveFingers shoes are the new Crocs.