Google pair plan to flog millions of shares

Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin intend to flog some 10 million of the shares they own in the company, in order, perhaps, to buy a small middle-eastern country.

The pair have come up with a cunning five-year to sell the shares each, trousering some $2.75 billion each at today's prices.

The sale of stock sale will mean the pair will lose majority control of the company, reducing their voting privileges from 59% to 48%.

"They are both as committed as ever to Google," a spokeswoman insisted in a email.

If the pair are casting round for buyers, the Chinese government is likely to be interested.