Why Alphabet’s stock repurchase is $7,019,340,976.83

This story has been updated to correct the placement of the decimal point in the answer to the problem. The reporter’s father is very disappointed in him.


Mathematical physicist Albert Einstein

Math lovers everywhere must love Alphabet Inc.

The Google parent company announced its second stock repurchase Thursday evening, and the total was odd: $7,019,340,976.83. Observant Alphabet GOOG, +0.00%GOOGL, +0.27% watchers were not surprised because the web giant’s first buyback program, announced last year, was for $5,099,019,513.59, which reflected the square root of 26, which happens to be the number of letters in the alphabet.

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