63 Facts About Larry Page

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Lawrence Edward Larry Page was born on March 26, 1973 and is an American business magnate, computer scientist and internet entrepreneur.

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Larry Page is best known for co-founding Google with Sergey Brin.

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Larry Page was the chief executive officer of Google from 1997 until August 2001 then from April 2011 until July 2015 when he moved to become CEO of Alphabet Inc (created to deliver "major advancements" as Google's parent company), a post he held until December 4, 2019.

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Larry Page remains an Alphabet board member, employee, and controlling shareholder.

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Larry Page has invested in flying car startups Kitty Hawk and Opener.

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Larry Page received the Marconi Prize in 2004 with co-writer Brin.

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Larry Page was born on March 26, 1973, in Lansing, Michigan.

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Larry Page's mother is Jewish; his maternal grandfather later immigrated to Israel, though Page's household growing up was secular.

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Larry Page's father was a computer science professor at Michigan State University and his mother Gloria was an instructor in computer programming at Lyman Briggs College at the same institution.

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Larry Page was an avid reader during his youth, writing in his 2013 Google founders letter: "I remember spending a huge amount of time pouring [sic] over books and magazines".

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Larry Page played instruments and studied music composition while growing up.

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Larry Page's parents sent him to music summer camp — Interlochen Arts Camp at Interlochen, Michigan, and Page has mentioned that his musical education inspired his impatience and obsession with speed in computing.

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Larry Page was first attracted to computers when he was six years old, as he was able to "play with the stuff lying around"—first-generation personal computers—that had been left by his mother and father.

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Larry Page became the "first kid in his elementary school to turn in an assignment from a word processor".

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Larry Page said that "from a very early age, I realized I wanted to invent things.

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Larry Page attended the Okemos Montessori School in Okemos, Michigan, from ages 2 to 7 (1975 to 1979).

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Larry Page attended East Lansing High School, graduating in 1991.

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Larry Page received a bachelor of science in computer engineering with honors from the University of Michigan in 1995, and a master of science in computer science from Stanford University in 1998.

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Larry Page developed a business plan for a company that would use software to build a music synthesizer during this time.

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Larry Page considered doing research on telepresence and self-driving cars during this time.

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21.

Larry Page focused on the problem of finding out which web pages linked to a given page, considering the number and nature of such backlinks as valuable information for that page.

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At the time Larry Page conceived of BackRub, the Web comprised an estimated 10 million documents, with an untold number of links between them.

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In 1998, Brin and Larry Page incorporated Google, Inc with the initial domain name of "Googol", derived from a number that consists of one followed by one hundred zeros—representing the vast amount of data that the search engine was intended to explore.

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In 1999, Larry Page experimented with smaller servers so Google could fit more into each square meter of the third-party warehouses the company rented for their servers.

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Larry Page's plan involved all of Google's engineers reporting to a VP of engineering, who would then report directly to him—Larry Page explained that he didn't like non-engineers supervising engineers due to their limited technical knowledge.

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Larry Page even documented his management tenets for his team to use as a reference:.

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Larry Page believed that the faster Google's search engine returned answers, the more it would be used.

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Larry Page fretted over milliseconds and pushed his engineers—from those who developed algorithms to those who built data centers—to think about lag times.

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Larry Page pushed for keeping Google's home page famously sparse in its design because it would help the search results load faster.

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30.

Eric Schmidt, who had been hired as Chairman of Google in March 2001, left his full-time position as the CEO of Novell to take the same role at Google in August of the same year, and Larry Page moved aside to assume the President of Products role.

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Larry Page always acted in consultation with Page and Brin when he embarked on initiatives such as the hiring of an executive team and the creation of a sales force management system.

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Larry Page remained the boss at Google in the eyes of the employees, as he gave final approval on all new hires, and it was Larry Page who provided the signature for the IPO, the latter making him a billionaire at the age of 30.

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Larry Page led the acquisition of Android for $50 million in 2005 to fulfill his ambition to place handheld computers in the possession of consumers so that they could access Google anywhere.

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Larry Page became passionate about Android and spent large amounts of time with Android CEO and cofounder Andy Rubin.

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Larry Page had changed his thinking during his time away from the CEO role, as he eventually concluded that ambitious goals required a harmonious team dynamic.

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The purchase was primarily motivated by Google's need to secure patents to protect Android from lawsuits by companies including Apple Inc Larry Page wrote on Google's official blog on August 15, 2011, that "companies including Microsoft and Apple are banding together in anti-competitive patent attacks on Android.

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Larry Page ventured into hardware and Google unveiled the Chromebook in May 2012.

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In January 2013, Larry Page participated in a rare interview with Wired, in which writer Steven Levy discussed Larry Page's "10X" mentality—Google employees are expected to create products and services that are at least 10 times better than those of its competitors—in the introductory blurb.

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Larry Page participated in a March 2014 TedX conference that was held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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Larry Page responded to a question about corporations, noting that corporations largely get a "bad rap", which he stated was because they were probably doing the same incremental things they were doing "50 or 20 years ago".

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Larry Page went on to juxtapose that kind of incremental approach to his vision of Google counteracting calcification through driving technology innovation at a high rate.

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Larry Page mentioned Nikola Tesla with regard to invention and commercialization:.

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43.

Larry Page announced a major management restructure in October 2014 so that he would no longer need to be responsible for day-to-day product-related decision making.

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Larry Page maintained that he would continue as the unofficial "chief product officer".

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About his then role as the company's CEO, Larry Page said: "I think my job as CEO—I feel like it's always to be pushing people ahead.

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Larry Page wrote that the motivation behind the reorganization is to make Google "cleaner and more accountable.

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Larry Page has not been on any press conferences since 2015 and has not presented at product launches or earnings calls since 2013.

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The Bloomberg Businessweek termed the reorganization into Alphabet a clever retirement plan allowing Larry Page to retain control over Google, at the same time relinquishing all responsibilities over it.

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On December 3, 2019, Larry Page announced that he will step down from the position of Alphabet CEO and would be replaced by Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

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Larry Page has invested in renewable energy technology, and with the help of Google.

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Larry Page is a strategic backer in the Opener startup which is developing aerial vehicles for consumer travel.

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Larry Page is interested in the socio-economic effects of advanced intelligent systems and how advanced digital technologies can be used to create abundance, provide for people's needs, shorten the workweek, and mitigate the potential detrimental effects of technological unemployment.

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Larry Page helped to set up Singularity University, a transhumanist think-tank.

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On February 18, 2005, Larry Page bought a 9, 000 square feet Spanish Colonial Revival architecture house in Palo Alto, California, designed by American artistic polymath Pedro Joseph de Lemos, a former curator of the Stanford Art Museum and founder of the Carmel Art Institute, after the historic building had been on the market for years with an asking price of US$7.

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In 2007, Larry Page married Lucinda Southworth on Necker Island, the Caribbean island owned by Richard Branson.

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Larry Page and Southworth have two children, born in 2009 and 2011.

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In 2009, Larry Page began purchasing properties and tearing down homes adjacent to his home in Palo Alto to make room for a large ecohouse.

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Larry Page applied for Green Point Certification, with points given for use of recycled and low or no-VOC materials and for a roof garden with solar panels.

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Later on, Larry Page announced on his Google+ profile in May 2013 that his right vocal cord is paralyzed from a cold that he contracted the previous summer, while his left cord was paralyzed in 1999.

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Larry Page explained that he has been suffering from a vocal cord issue for 14 years, and, as of his May 2013 post, doctors were unable to identify the exact cause.

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The Google+ post revealed that Larry Page had made a large donation to a vocal-cord nerve-function research program at the Voice Health Institute in Boston.

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Larry Page wrote on his Google+ page that "My wife and I just donated $15 million.

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63.

Larry Page had been living in Fiji with his family during the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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