A computer scientist and internet entrepreneur, Larry Page has created the world’s largest search engine as a co-founder and current CEO of Google. At the age of 39 he is one of the richest men in the world after developing a mere dissertation project from University into the most frequently used search engine on the world-wide web.
Born: March 26, 1973
Place of Birth: Lansing, Michigan, United States
Residence: Palo Alto, California, United States
Education: Okemos Montessori School, East Lansing High School, University of Michigan and Stanford University
Family: Married with one child
Occupation: Computer scientist, Internet entrepreneur, Co-founder and CEO of Google Inc.
Achievements: CEO of Google the world’s biggest search engine, self-made billionaire, Marconi Foundation prize, elected to the National Academy of Engineering, elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Michigan in 2009. As of October 2012, Page was rated the 27th richest man in the world with an estimated net worth of $21.1 billion.
Other interests: active investor in alternative energy companies, committed to renewable energy technology.
As Google CEO, Page continually encourages his team to cultivate new, audacious and expansive ideas and tackle big problems. His brilliant idea for Google’s search engine came to him in a dream about downloading the entire web and keeping the links. “Have a healthy disregard for the impossible"
Appreciating the power of people
Great Leaders focus on items that are integral to an organisation’s success. Page recognised that to develop a great company you need to recruit great people. Google hired over 8,000 new staff between 1998 -2008. Page was personally involved in every new hire!
Seizing the moment
Page represents a leader with a clear goal– to make Google the world's largest and most popular search engine. Those who become part of his team become an integral part of this mission; ‘Sometimes it’s important to wake up and stop dreaming…when a really great dream shows up, grab it.’