Larry Page is the CEO and cofounder of Google, making him one of the ruling minds of the web.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin met in grad school at Stanford in the mid-'90s, and in 1996 started working on a search technology based on a new idea: that relevant results come from context. Their technology analyzed the number of times a given website was linked to by other sites — assuming that the more links, the more relevant the site — and ranked sites accordingly. In 1998, they opened Google in a garage-office in Menlo Park. In 1999 their software left beta and started its steady rise to web domination.
Brin and Page's innovation-friendly office culture has created fertile ground for spectacular successes beyond search, including AdSense/AdWords, Google News, Google Maps, Google Earth, and Gmail. The company's belief in clean design and ethical ad sales, and its corporate philosophy — often simply stated as "Don't be evil" — continue to set the company apart.
In 2011, Page stepped back into his original role of chief executive officer. He now leads Google with high aims and big thinking, but still finds time to devote to his pet projects like Google X, the idea lab for the out-there experiments that keep Google pushing the limits.