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

Larry Page founded Google with Sergey Brin in 1998 and has served as CEO of its parent company, Alphabet, since 2015.

Larry Page

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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After Page suddenly woke up from a dream at 23 wondering if he could " download the whole web ," he started working on an idea to rank webpages by their inbound links, instead of how many times they contained a queried word. He enlisted Brin's help and they started collaborating on a search engine they initially called BackRub.

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Business Insider's Nich Carlson reported that when Page was first CEO, he wrote down the following management rules that guided him:

  • Don't delegate: Do everything you can yourself to make things go faster.
  • Don't get in the way if you're not adding value. Let the people actually doing the work talk to each other while you go do something else.
  • Don't be a bureaucrat.
  • Ideas are more important than age. Just because someone is junior doesn't mean they don't deserve respect and cooperation.
  • The worst thing you can do is stop someone from doing something by saying, "No. Period." If you say no, you have to help them find a better way to get it done.

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Page wrote in his letter about the news that becoming Alphabet's CEO would help with "getting more ambitious things done" and "taking the long-term view" to improve "the lives of as many people as we can."

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Back in 2006, court documents revealed that Schmidt had to help settle an argument between the founders, who were bickering about what size beds the"party plane" needed. They also wanted to outfit the plane with hammocks and a cocktail bar.

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