Early life and Education
– Lawrence Edward Page was born on March 26, 1973, in Lansing, Michigan.
– His mother is Jewish and his maternal grandfather later immigrated to Israel.
– Pages household was secular despite his mother’s Jewish background.
– His father, Carl Victor Page Sr., earned a PhD in computer science from the University of Michigan.
– Pages paternal grandparents came from a Protestant background.
– Page attended Okemos Montessori School and East Lansing High School.
– He played flute and saxophone at Interlochen Center for the Arts.
– Page received a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering from the University of Michigan.
– He obtained a Master of Science in computer science from Stanford University.
– Page was involved in various projects and societies during his education.
Co-founding Google and Alphabet Inc.
– Page co-founded Google with Sergey Brin.
– He served as the CEO of Google from 1997 to 2001 and again from 2011 to 2015.
– Page became the CEO of Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company, in 2015.
– He stepped down from all executive positions in December 2019 but remains an Alphabet board member and controlling shareholder.
– Page is known for his role in creating the PageRank algorithm.
Achievements and investments
– Page has an estimated net worth of $116 billion as of November 2023.
– He received the Marconi Prize in 2004 for co-creating the PageRank algorithm.
– Page has invested in flying car startups Kitty Hawk and Opener.
– He is recognized for his creativity and invention.
– Page’s musical education inspired his interest in technology and business.
PhD studies and research
– Page pursued a PhD in computer science at Stanford University.
– He focused on the mathematical properties of the World Wide Web.
– Page and Sergey Brin collaborated on a research project called BackRub.
– They authored a research paper titled ‘The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine.’
– Page’s research on backlinks and citations contributed to the development of Google’s search engine.
Google’s founding and growth
– BackRubs web crawler was used to gather backlink data.
– PageRank algorithm was developed by Brin and Page to measure the importance of web pages.
– The algorithm analyzed the relevance of backlinks between web pages.
– Brin and Page used spare parts from inexpensive computers to create a device for their search engine.
– The project caused problems for Stanford’s computing infrastructure.
– Page and Brin set up a simple search page for users using basic HTML programming skills.
– They assembled computing power from any available computer parts.
– The search engine grew in popularity and required additional servers.
– In August 1996, the initial version of Google was made available to Internet users.
– By early 1997, Google had 10,000 searches a day.
– Google’s impact has been compared to Johannes Gutenberg and the printing press.
– Google empowered individuals and transformed access to information.
– Page and Brin expanded their vision beyond web searches to digitizing books and health information.
– Google’s invention spread knowledge and contributed to the information age.
– Brin and Page solicited funds to buy servers and rented a garage in Menlo Park.
– Sun Microsystems co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim wrote a $100,000 check to Google before it was incorporated.
– In 1998, Google, Inc. was incorporated with the initial domain name of Googol.
– Page became CEO and Brin served as co-founder and president.
– The mission of Google was to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.
– The inaugural team moved into a Mountain View office in 2000.
– Page experimented with smaller servers to increase efficiency.
– By June 2000, Google had indexed one billion Internet URLs, making it the most comprehensive search engine at the time.
– Google provided access to 560 million full-text indexed web pages and 500 million partially indexed URLs.
– Page attempted to fire all project managers in 2001, aiming for engineers to report to a VP of engineering.
Lawrence Edward Page
March 26, 1973
Lansing, Michigan, U.S.
|Carrie Southworth (sister-in-law)
Page was chief executive officer of Google from 1997 until August 2001 when he stepped down in favor of Eric Schmidt and then again from April 2011 until July 2015 when he became CEO of its newly formed parent organisation Alphabet Inc. which was created to deliver "major advancements" as Google's parent company, a post he held until December 4, 2019 when he along with his co-founder Brin stepped down from all executive positions and day-to-day roles within the company. He remains an Alphabet board member, employee, and controlling shareholder.
As of November 2023, Page has an estimated net worth of $116 billion according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, making him the eighth-richest person in the world. He has also invested in flying car startups Kitty Hawk and Opener.
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