WHEN you type Michael Moritz into the Google search engine it comes back with 318,000 pages - significantly less than the dollars in his newfound fortune.
The 49-year-old Cardiff businessman is now expected to become a billionaire and shoot on to the rich list after a shrewd investment in the internet company now worth $20bn.
His 9% stake in Google, which has announced it is to float on the US stock market, is said to be worth £1.3bn. If he cashed in his shares, the Silicon Valley shareholder would beat Sir Terry Matthews to the title of richest Welshman and the Queen, to number 20 on Britain's Rich List.
But growing up in Wales as a teenager, he never even had a computer. "They weren't around then," explained his mother at her home in Penylan, Cardiff, yesterday.
"He is going to be 50, so of course he didn't have a computer as a child. When were computers? No, all his stuff had to be done by typewriter.
"But that is something intriguing, for when he went to America they were very insistent about producing work. It had to be just so and I think that taught him a lot."
The father-of-two is now making headlines across the world. Sequoia, the company of which he is a partner, invested heavily in Google and Michael also invested privately in the company.
A former head boy at Cardiff's Howardian High School, his tale seems to echo the American dream.
"I don't think he's short of a penny or two," said MrsMoritz. "He was an ordinary schoolboy who went to an ordinary school. He was educated in Cardiff and went through the mill, as they were changing times for the education system.
"He pulled his finger out and went on to Oxford where he read history."
But his mother said there were ups and downs in the graduate's career.
"He went to University of Pennsylvania on a scholarship and he was going to study history but decided it would not get him any bread and butter so he switched to a business MBA."
After university, he approached Time magazine, asking them if they would "take him". He moved to theAmerican car production capital Detroit and worked for the company for several years.
He wrote two books during that time, Going for Broke: The Chrysler Story and The Little Kingdom: The Private Story of Apple Computer. But, according to his mother, he was not too keen on writing and found it "lonely".
After a change of career Michael found himself out of work but was determined to stay in San Francisco, where he is now based with his wife Harriet.
"He was unemployed for quite a long time and he wanted to stay in San Francisco," explains his mother.
"It took him a long time to be taken on for work with Sequoia and it was a long way down the line for Google, he had lots of other investments."
Joining Sequoia in 1986, he was an original investor in rival search engine Yahoo!
"He has had some misses as well, there was one very sad one that sounded terrific and he thought it was terrific but there are disappointments in investments," said his mother, not wanting to go any further.
Her son, who has two sons of his own, Jake, 15, and Will, 13, is described as a private person who would not like the spotlight. And Mrs Moritz is reticent talking about herself and her son.
As a child, the mother- of-two was put on a kindertransport by her Germanparents in April 1939 and went to live with a woman inCambridge.
After working for the fire service during World War II, Mrs Moritz married in 1949 and settled in Wales with her husband, Alfred, and taught in various schools in Newport.
She said, "I have lived a very humble life, and so has my son."
But she does admit to being very proud of Michael and his sister Claire, 48 who is a successful solicitor in London. "Yes, I am very proud of them, but I am sorry their father cannot be here to see it."
The former professor of classics at the University of Cardiff died last year.
Living hundreds of miles away from her son and his family, she didn't seeMichael often.
"He came for my birthday, but he arrived on the Friday afternoon and then had toleave on the Sunday," said the widow.
Explaining that Americans get few holidays, his mother is accepting of his lack of time to return to Wales.
"You have got to leave him to do what he wants in his spare time and cannot say, 'Hey boyo, you haven't been home to see me'."
Mother and son do communicate over the continent via email, though Mrs Moritz said she is a bit slow at it.
"I am not much good, I went to a few lessons but I don't think the teacher was impressed, but I can write some letters."
Mrs Moritz also gets regular packages of photographs from her son, who is a keen amateur photographer. "He is just starting painting again, but he needs a lot more time for that," she said. "When he comes to Wales he often sits in the back garden and makes sketches."
From his first job as a waiter in Canton to partner in a thriving company and potential billionaire, Michael has certainly succeeded.
But when asked if she thought the money would change her son, Mrs Moritz said that was a question only he could answer.
Multi-billion-dollar product was developed in a college dormitory
GOOGLE'S stock market flotation stands to make the company's founders billions of pounds.
It all began when Larry Page and Sergey Brin met at Stanford University in the mid-1990s and became friends while developing an internet search engine from their college dormitory.
Page's love of computers began at age six. Following in his father's academic footsteps, he became an honours graduate from the University of Michigan. Brin, a native of Moscow, received a bachelor of science degree with honours in mathematics and computer science from the University of Maryland.
The pair created software that listed results on the popularity of websites and called it BackRub.
They left college without completing their doctorates and changed the name to Google - a play on the mathematical term googol which is a one followed by 100 zeroes.
Google offered a new, fast way of finding a website.
On September 7, 1998, after pulling together the $1m they needed to invest, Google was launched commercially - from a friend's garage.
In the beginning, Google got 10,000 queries per day compared with 200m today.
Google now has its headquarters at Mountain View in the heart of California's famous Silicon Valley.
It keeps its staff content with weekly games of roller-hockey in the car park, an on-site masseuse and a piano. Each worker is given one day a week to spend on their own pet projects.
The pair are famed for their unassuming lifestyles without the extravagances that befit soon-to-be multi-billionaires.