Google is the undisputed leader in online search, but the company has investments which range far beyond its core services. The following are just a few of the projects which Google has put its resources into:
Google has invested over $350 million in clean energy programs, including wind farms in North Dakota, Oregon and California; this figure includes an investment of $100 million in what is being billed as the largest wind farm in the world.
Other forward-thinking projects which Google has invested in include driverless cars, a $20 million investment, as well as the Lunar X Prize, which includes $30 million from Google for the first privately funded team to put a robot on the moon by December 2015.
Google spends more on lobbying and campaign contributions than any other tech company, with a total investment of $10 million in 2011 alone. The company has also put $800 million so far into providing Kansas City, MO with a citywide fiber optic network.
Finally, Google has also spent heavily on its own online and mobile presence through the $1.65 billion purchase of YouTube, investment in the coupon site Retail Me Not, the purchase of the vacation rental site Home Away, the $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility and an estimated $700 million investment in its social networking platform, Google+.
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