Lawrence Edward Page is an American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur, who, with Sergey Brin, created the online search engine Google, one of the most popular sites on the Internet.
Google was started while Larry and Sergey were doctorate students at Stanford University. The two were both intrigued with the idea of enhancing the ability to extract meaning from the mass of data accumulated on the Internet. Working from Page’s dormitory room, they devised a new type of search engine technology that leveraged Web users’ own ranking abilities by tracking each site’s “backing links”—that is, the number of other pages linked to them. With an initial investment of just $100,000, the two partners quickly grew Google into a multinational conglomerate
By 2004 the search engine was being utilized 200 million times a day. On August 19, 2004, Google Inc. issued its initial public offering (IPO), which netted Page more than $3.8 billion. Google was restructured in August 2015 as a subsidiary of the newly created holding company Alphabet Inc., and Page became CEO of Alphabet. Page left that post in December 2019 but continued to serve on Alphabet’s board of directors. Page has a net worth of over $50 billion as of 2020.