Lawrence "Larry" Page was born March 26, 1973is an American computer scientist and internetentrepreneur who, with Sergey Brin, is best known asthe co-founder of Google. On April 4, 2011, he took onthe role of chief executive officer of Google,replacing Eric Schmidt.As of 2012, his personal wealthis estimated to be $20.3 billion, ranking him #13 onthe Forbes 400 list of richest Americans.He is theinventor of PageRank, which became the foundation ofGoogles search ranking algorithm.Together, Brin andPage own about 16 percent of the companys stock.
Page incorporated Google as a privately held companyin 1998 and relocated their servers from Larry Pagesdorm room to a friends garage in Menlo Park,California.
Larry Page attended a Montessori school in the primary grades and later graduated from East LansingHigh School. He was an honors student at the University of Michigan, where he also participated in the Universitys solar car team, reflecting another lifelong interest: sustainable transportation technology. After graduating with a B.S. in computer engineering, he pursued graduate studies in computer science at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. It was herethat he first undertook the project of analyzing patterns of linkage among different sites on the World Wide Web. It was also at Stanford that he first met fellow computer science graduate student Sergey Brin and recruited him to join his research project.
Google Inc. is an American multinational corporationwhich provides Internet-related products andservices, including internet search, cloudcomputing, software and advertisingtechnologies.Advertising revenues from AdWordsgenerate almost all of the companys profits.
In 2000, Google began selling text-based advertisements associated with search keywords. The text-only ads on their graphics-free home page kept their download time to the bare minimum, and theirability to deliver ads directly related to the interests ofthe user made the ad space highly valuable. That sameyear, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, still enrolled as Ph.D. candidates at Stanford, attended the Academy of Achievements International Achievement Summit in London, England as graduate student delegates. The interview recorded at that time can be read on thisWeb site. They returned to the annual event in 2004 as recipients of the Academys Golden Plate Award.
Google also provides a free Web-based e-mail service, Gmail, which offers its users far more storage space than most other services. The company now offers a suite of business tools, including wordprocessing and spreadsheet applications, at a fraction of the cost of competing office software packages. Google has created its own Web browser, Google Chrome, as well as the popular Picasa photo organization and editing software.
One of the companys most promising products is anoperating system for mobile phones, called Android. Itis used in Motorolas Droid phones, as well as Googles own Nexus One phone.
In 2011, Eric Schmidt stepped aside as CEO of Google,and Larry Page, now 38 years old, took the helm of thecompany he founded 13 years before. Schmidt remains with the company as Executive Chairman. As Googles new CEO, Larry Page plans to make Google "a bigcompany that has the nimbleness and soul and passion of a start-up."