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The search giant, which was founded in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, went public in 2004 and raised about $1.7 billion, valuing the company at about $27 billion.

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And while the IPO turned about 1,000 Google employees into instant millionaires—and its founders into billionaires—the company had a rough time leading up to its public offering.

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First, there was an interview of Page and Brin published in Playboy magazine, which violated the SEC's rules restricting comments made about a company in the period leading up to its IPO.

There was also a last-minute change in the expected IPO share price. Google had originally estimated a suggested price range of $108 to $135, but right before the SEC approved the IPO Google had revised the estimated share price range to $85 to $95.

A Google spokesperson declined to comment.

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