5. Sergey Brin

“The kind of environment that we developed Google in, the reason that we were able to develop a search engine, is the web was so open. Once you get too many rules, that will stifle innovation.”

This quote was taken from an interview with The Guardian on April 15, 2012.

J-Connection: Born in Moscow, Google visionary Sergey Brin and his family immigrated to the U.S. in 1979 in order to escape Jewish persecution by the Soviets. Although Brin attended Hebrew school in Maryland for a few years, he never finished the studies necessary for a bar mitzvah.