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Google billionaire Sergey Brin has a secret charity that sends ex-military staff into disaster zones on a superyacht

Added 06-22-20 05:14:02am EST - “The company sends its staff, many of whom are ex-military, to disaster areas around the world on a superyacht called "Dragonfly."” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Google billionaire Sergey Brin has a secret charity that sends ex-military staff into disaster zones on a superyacht”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Sergey Brin, Google cofounder and world's eighth-richest person, has a secret disaster-response team according to a report by The Daily Beast.

The Daily Beast's investigation found Brin was the sole donor to a disaster charity called Global Support and Development (GSD). The Beast identified Brin as the company's sole donor through a California court filing.

The company, almost half of whose staff are ex-military, arrives at disaster areas on a superyacht called "Dragonfly" to clear debris and use high-tech solutions to assist victims. GSD is headed up by Grant Dawson, an ex-naval lieutenant who was one of Brin's personal security detail for years.

The idea for GSD was apparently sparked in 2015 when the yacht's captain was sailing past Vanuatu, which had just been hit by Cyclone Pam. The captain contacted Brin to ask if anything could be done to help, and Brin in turn got in touch with Dawson.   

Dawson said in a speech in 2019 about GSD: "So I grabbed a number of Air Force para-rescue guys I'd been affiliated with from the security world, and a couple of corpsmen out of the [Navy] Seal teams [...] We raided every Home Depot and pharmacy we could find and on about 18 hours' notice, we launched."

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