Larry Page

Larry Page was born in March of 1973 in Michigan. He maintained an interest in computers for the better part of his life, and was encouraged to follow this interest by his father, Dr. Carl Victor Page, a professor of computer science at the University of Michigan.

“The Star Trek computer doesn’t seem that interesting. They ask it random questions, it thinks for a while. I think we can do better than that,” said Larry Page co-founder of Google.com. These words can’t be any more true.

Larry Page and partner Sergey Brin changed the world in a rented garage where they worked on a project called “The Anatomy of a Large-scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine,” or as they say in press releases for simplicity sake: “The Anatomy of a Search Engine.” They developed a method of “web-crawling” perform a a quicker method of web search. The Anatomy of a Search Engine used PageRank technology they developed earlier, that stored the nodes of previous searches efficiently- and placed pages more relevant to the search query in higher context than others.

Page graduated in honors standing from East Lansing High School, and was accepted by the University of Michigan where he acquired a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, and a master’s degree from Stanford. He took a leave of absence from his Ph.D. studies to further develop the PageRank technology, and later form Google. According to Forbes, Page maintains a 7.2 billion dollar net worth, making the tycoon the 55th richest man in the world, following closely behind Brin.

Because of Google’s success, Page never returned to the Ph.D, program at Stanford where, to this day, he remains “on-leave.”

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