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The fabulous life of Google cofounder and Alphabet CEO Larry Page (GOOG, GOOGL)
Business Insider8/4/2017 8:00:00 AM

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Larry Page is one of the most powerful people in the world.

The quirky, soft-spoken computer scientist cofounded Google with Sergey Brin in 1998 and now, almost 20 years later, still runs its parent company, Alphabet. 

So who's the man behind Google 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. 

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.

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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.

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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."

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Source: Business Insider, Achievement.org




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