Well, isn’t it fascinating. Co-founder of Google Sergey Brin was discovered as the sole donor to a secret charity called Global Support and Development, or GSD for short. GSD employees are deployed to disaster areas on a superyacht called Dragonfly. About half of GSD’s personnel are former military personnel. Once in the disaster area, they clean up the debris and help the victims. The head of the GSD is former Navy Lt. Grant Dawson. Interestingly, Dawson has been part of Brin’s personal safety details for many years.
The idea for GSD dates back to 2015 when the captain of the Dragonfly sailed along the isolated island of Vanuatu. Cyclone Pam was recently hit by the island. The captain contacted Brin about the situation. Brin then called Dawson, who contacted a number of former Air Force rescuers and former Navy Seals and left for Vanuatu about 18 hours later. Today, GSD has approximately 20 full-time employees and 100 subcontractors.
While GSD employees are on the Dragonfly on their way to their next mission, they can enjoy the benefits of the superyacht, including fresh laundry and all the ice cream they can eat. GSD also uses drones and sonar mapping to help it in its missions. For the past five years, GSD has deployed to the sites of hurricanes, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Today, the company is participating in the implementation of Covid-19 tests in California. The company’s website reveals that GSD “provided operational support to set up the first two driving test centers in California …” GSD paramedics have also partnered with the fire department of Hayward, California, to perform thousands of swab tests on potential patients with coronavirus.
Sergey Brin was born in Russia and studied computer science at Stanford, where he met the other co-founder of Google Larry Page. Together, they created Google in 1998, a company now known as the umbrella parent company Alphabet. He served as chief technology officer for ten years before becoming president of Alphabet. With Page, he controls 51% of the voting rights in Alphabet, and he also owns approximately 6% of Alphabet, as well as stakes in companies such as Tesla and 23andMe. As of this writing, Brin is the eighth richest person in the world, with a net worth of $ 63 billion.
The question that needs to be asked is: why is there so much secrecy around not only the GSD, but Brin’s direct and clearly involved efforts? Shouldn’t the GSD coordinate with other disaster relief efforts rather than acting like a secret red CIA-style agency?