Part-time Google masseuse retires a multimillionaire after share price boom
Last updated at 15:37 13 November 2007
A woman who took a job as a part-time masseuse at Google when it was a small start-up is now a multimillionaire, thanks to the rise of the internet giant's share price.
Bonnie Brown needed a job after divorcing so she took one at the small technology start-up earning $450 a week.
The post also gave her a pile of what she considered to be worthless stock options - but five years after starting work at Google she has now retired and even set up her own charity.
When she took the job she was living with her sister - but she now lives in Nevada, and has her own masseuse and personal trainer.
Now Ms Brown, 52, has written a book, as yet unpublished, Giigle: How I Got Lucky Massaging Google.
"I'm happy I saved enough stock for a rainy day, and lately it's been pouring," she told the New York Times.
She said: "Everytime I give some away, it just keeps filling up again. It's like an overflowing pot."
It is estimated that 1,000 employees, Ms Brown among them, have accrued fortunes worth at least $5 million apiece from the nine-year-old web giant's rise and rise.
The money has flowed from Google's stranglehold of the hugely lucrative online advertising market and investors' seemingly insatiable appetite for the group's shares.
The company, which was founded in a garage by two students, sported a stock market value of a huge $207 billion.
Ms Brown ditched her day job at Google shortly after the company's stock market float.
At the same time, she cashed in most of her options - by which time the stock had doubled in value from its debut price of $85 to a sum that was enough to bag her a multimillion-dollar fortune.