Twenty years after Larry Page and Sergey Brin set out to organize all the information on the Internet, the search engine they called Google became a dominant force in smartphones, online video, email, maps and much more.
That resounding success now has regulators and legislators around the world who question whether the company has become too powerful as its ubiquitous services remove confidential information from billions of people addicted to its products.
Google's search engine remains entrenched as the main Internet gateway, and its digital advertising business is on track to generate $ 110 billion in revenue this year.
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Google co-founders, CEO Larry Page, left and President Sergey Brin, rest in bags of beans at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California in 2000, when the company first moved to the area.
GOOGLE IN NUMBERS
Google started today 20 years ago with an initial investment of $ 100,000
Google and its sister companies operating under the umbrella of Alphabet are now worth $ 800 billion.
Your digital advertising business is on track to generate $ 110 billion in revenue this year
Much of that revenue now flows through Google's Android operating system, which feeds 80 percent of the world's smartphones.
Google also runs the largest video site on YouTube, the most popular web browser on Chrome, the most important email service in Gmail and the maps that most people use to get around.
Not bad for a company that started 20 years ago on Friday with an initial investment of $ 100,000.
Google and its sister companies operating under the umbrella of Alphabet Inc. are now worth $ 800 billion.
Although Google did not comment on this story, the company has repeatedly pointed out that its products, mostly free, are widely used because people like it.
Google's success often makes comparisons with Microsoft.
On this January 15, 2004, the founding photographers of Google, Larry Page, left, and Sergey Brin pose for a photo at their company's headquarters in Mountain View, California.
In 1998, the year Google began, US regulators UU They had worried so much about the power of Microsoft through their Windows operating system that they had begun to explore a forced break.
Although Microsoft remained intact, the multi-year battle with the US government. UU And other disputes with European regulators hampered and distracted Microsoft, which helped boost the rise of Google and Apple.
Google now faces the same potential destination.
"Google is targeted by the government," said Ken Auletta, who was given internal access to the company as he wrote his 2009 book, "Google: the end of the world as we know it."
"This company once had some brightness, but it's losing its halo."
20 YEARS OF GOOGLE
nineteen ninety five: Co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin meet at Stanford University, where graduate student Brin takes a tour of the future student page.
nineteen ninety six: The pair begins to work on a new search engine for the Internet, which evolves to become Google.
1998: Google joins and moves to Susan Wojcicki's garage in Menlo Park, California.
1999: Page and Brin move their company to Mountain View, California, and hire the company's first in-house chef to prepare meals for workers.
Google employee playing the piano at work: an employee of the first Google office relaxes in the company's game room, which contains a piano, a Pacman video game and recreational balls.
2001: Eric Schmidt is named CEO, with Page and Brin as presidents of products and technology.
2004: A few months after submitting Gmail, Google has its first public offering of shares.
On this January 15, 2004, the founding photographers of Google, Larry Page, below, and Sergey Brin are seen at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, California.
2006: Google acquires YouTube for $ 1.6 billion.
2011: Larry Page becomes CEO, Schmidt becomes CEO.
2014: Google completes a controversial division of shares that creates a new class of shares without the right to vote, consolidating Page and controlling Brin as the main shareholders with the right to vote.
2015: Page announces the creation of a new holding, Alphabet, to include the main business of Google and other entities.
ARCHIVE – In this file photo of August 19, 2004, the sign outside the Nasdaq Marketsite shows an image of the staff of Goggle who attended the opening of the Nasdaq market in New York.
Just last week, Google caused discomfort in Congress by refusing to send Page or its current CEO, Sundar Pichai, to a hearing on Russian manipulation of Internet services to influence US elections. UU
Congress officials left an empty chair while the top executives of Facebook and Twitter appeared.
In this file photo of February 20, 2013, Google co-founder Sergey Brin uses a Google Glass device in San Francisco, in what was seen as a big misstep for the company.
Google CEO Larry Page presents the Google Video Store on Friday, January 6, 2006 at the Consumer Electronics Show, CES, in Las Vegas.
Offended legislators mocked Google as "arrogant".
The European Commission has already imposed fines totaling $ 7.8 billion after concluding that the company had unfairly used its search engine to highlight its own services and illegally grouped its products on Android.
Google has denied any wrongdoing, but that has not deterred European regulators from investigating other possible abuses.
In this file photo of September 2, 2008, Google co-founders Sergey Brin, left, and Larry Page spoke during a new conference at the headquarters of Google Inc. in Mountain View, California.
George Reyes (L), financial director of Google; Dr. Eric E. Schmidt (2nd-L), Chairman of the Executive Committee and CEO; Omid Kordestani (3 ° L), Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Field Operations; Larry Page (C), co-founder and president of Products; Robert Greifeld (2 ° -R), president and CEO of NASDAQ; and David Drummond (R), vice president of Corporate Development at Google in the opening of Google's public offering on the NASDAQ
The president of EE. US, Donald Trump, and some US regulators now raise the possibility of opening new investigations into Google's business and privacy practices five years after the Federal Trade Commission decided that the company was mostly compliant with the laws.
Everything paints a picture of a company that can spend the next decade fighting to protect the empire it built during its first two decades.