Billionaire Google founder's search for true love is over

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The world's most eligible computer geek is eligible no more.

Larry Page, one of the founders of Google who has amassed a fortune of $20bn, is preparing to get married – following in the footsteps of his friend and co-founder Sergey Brin, who tied the knot six months ago.

Like Mr Brin – whose wedding was not made public until it was over – Mr Page is doing his best to keep his nuptials to Lucy Southworth as hush-hush as possible.

With a guest list expected to include many present and former employees as well as luminaries from the worlds of business and politics, not everything has stayed out of the public eye.

The San Francisco Chronicle spoke to a number of people familiar with the guest list, who would not say where the wedding would take place – one unsubstantiated rumour is that guests have been asked to bring passports, suggesting it will be outside the United States – but did offer a date, 8 December.

Sir Richard Branson is expected to show up. But Al Gore, the former US vice president turned environmental warrior, is not – because he has a prior engagement in Oslo to accept this year's Nobel Peace Prize.

Mr Page, 34, met Ms Brin when they were both postgraduate students at Stanford University, right in the heart of Silicon Valley south of San Francisco.