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The life of Google cofounder Larry Page, who just stepped down as CEO of Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL)


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Larry Page founded Google with Sergey Brin in 1998 and has served as CEO of its parent company, Alphabet, since 2015.
Page and Brin both stepped down from their roles on Tuesday. They wrote in a letter that “Alphabet and Google no longer need two CEOs and a president,” leaving Sundar Pichai to lead both as CEO.
Here’s how Page got his start, and how he built Google into what it is today.
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Larry Page is one of the most powerful people in the world.

The quirky, soft-spoken computer scientist co-founded Google with Sergey Brin in 1998. As Google evolved into a multi-billion-dollar juggernaut, Page stayed at the helm, first as Google’s CEO and later running its parent company, Alphabet.

But on Tuesday, Page announced that he, along with Brin, would be stepping down from their roles at Alphabet. Brin had served as the company’s president. Sundar Pichai will now serve as both Google and Alphabet CEO.

So who is Larry Page and how did he get to where he is today?

Here’s his story.

Jillian D’Onfro contributed to an earlier version of this story.

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Gloria and Carl Page had their second son, Lawrence, on March 26, 1973. They both taught computer science at Michigan State University and filled their home with computers and tech magazines that enthralled Larry from a very young age.

They enrolled him in a Montessori school. Such programs are known to foster independence and creativity, and Page now credits “that training of not following rules and orders, and being self-motivated and questioning what’s going on in the world” as influencing his later attitudes and work.

Source: YouTube

At 12, Page read a biography about the brilliant inventor Nikola Tesla, who died in debt and obscurity. The ending made him cry, and inspired Page to not only want to build world-changing technologies, but to have the business sense to know how to spread them. “I figured that inventing things wasn’t any good,” he has said. “You really had to get them out into the world and have people use them to have any effect.”

Source: Business Insider, Achievement.org

Besides tinkering with electronics, Page also played saxophone growing up, and he once told Fortune that his musical training in part led “to the high-speed legacy of Google” (Apparently he also tried to pick up percussion in the last few years).

Source: Fortune

During his time as an undergrad at University of Michigan, Page started mulling the future of transportation, something he’s still interested in today. He joined the school’s solar-car team (pictured below) and suggested that Michigan build a monorail-like “personal rapid-transit system” between its campuses.

Today, Google parent company Alphabet is working on both self-driving cars through its company, Waymo, and data-driven transportation improvements through Sidewalk Labs.

Source: Business Insider

After graduation, Page headed west to Stanford for his Ph.D. There, he met Sergey Brin in 1995. …read more

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