An investigation has revealed Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, as the sole donor behind GSD, a secret team of ex-military personnel who travel to areas in need, and now fight COVID-19.
Brin is the eighth richest person in the world, having founded an entire Internet empire: Google (now Alphabet). After more than two decades leading the giant, last December Brin and his partner Larry Page decided to take a step back, although their influence is still felt in the company.
Of course, Brin has not stood still; according to research published by The Daily Beast, the mogul maintains an elite team specialized in reacting to all kinds of natural disasters, a kind of A-Team that appears only when needed.
The situation in the archipelago was so bad that the captain of the yacht called Sergey Brin in case he could send help; Brin put him in touch with Grant Dawson, who was a lieutenant in the US naval force and was then part of his bodyguard team.
Dawson used his contacts in the air force and navy to create a small elite team, which in just 18 hours gathered all kinds of supplies and goods and headed to the islands of Vanuatu to help in secret.
An elite team of ex-military
The results must have been good, because Brin decided to finance the formation of GSD alone as a charitable organization, whose composition and financing were a secret until a few hours ago.
It is now known that GSD is composed of about 20 full-time employees, plus about 100 contractors around the world, just a phone call away. GSD’s goal is to be among the first to react to all types of natural disasters, moving around the globe using the aforementioned superyacht.
Since 2015, GSD has assisted in various regions around the globe, usually in response to natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and volcanoes. However, their latest mission is very different: they are fighting COVID-19. The team is in the California area, where they have been the first to set up two drive-through test labs, performing some 8,000 tests so far.
Sergey Brin’s secret
The employees have a military background, and most are former soldiers who work as such; although on board the yacht they have all kinds of amenities, from ice cream to fresh laundry while working on land.
Brin’s money has been used not only to hire these ex-soldiers, but also to buy the latest technology, such as drones and sonar radar to find potential victims.
This project seems more like a movie, and it has already received some criticism; although its mission is admirable, the great secrecy with which it is carried out can raise suspicions. The fact that a secret team has the ability to appear anywhere in the world, even before governments, on an $80 million yacht is nothing short of shocking.