Craig Silverstein Net Worth: Craig Silverstein is an American businessman, technology guru, and writer who has a net worth of $950 million. Craig Silverstein has the distinction of being the very first employee hired by Google. Craig left his doctoral studies at Stanford University in 1998, to join his fellow grad students Sergey Brin and Larry Page in a nearby garage to build the now famed search engine. He created many of the original IT components to support Google's deployment and growth. He served as the company's Director of Technology and helped develop the algorithms used by the search engine while it was still being developed at Stanford University, where he was pursuing his doctorate degree. In 2012, Silverstein left Google in order to take a job at Khan Academy, a start-up company that is a web-based learning site using projects, exercises, and videos to help teach. Silverstein said he likes the educational methods used by the new company and hopes its tools will help change learning strategies. Silverstein earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Harvard College in computer science. He is pursuing a computer science Ph.D. at Stanford University. Silverstein is particularly interested in how to cluster large data sets and creating super-efficient data structures. He made a five-million-dollar donation to the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation in 2009, an organization that is dedicated to creating a children's hospital in Gainesville, Florida, where Silverstein grew up. He proposed to his long-time girlfriend, iPad app developer Mary, on top of the Eiffel Tower in late 2013.