Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG) co–founder and chief executive Larry Page is the most powerful person in the media, according to The Guardian’s annual power list, the MediaGuardian 100. On the list published on Monday, other top spots are also taken by chief executives of other U.S. technology companies.
Fourth time in a row
The Google co-founder has been on the list for the last four times and was tagged as one of the most influential minds of his generation who changed the way in which people communicate with the world. However, the article did mention that both Page and fellow co-founder Sergey Brin were condemned widely for a lack of privacy, tax avoidance and competition issues.
The second spot is held by Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, highlighting Faceboo’s worldwide reach with a user base of 1.35 billion. Tim Cook, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s CEO, took the third spot, suggesting a breakout from the shadow of Steve Jobs.
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Page wants Google to keep working on its innovations such as self-driving cars, internet-bearing balloons and humanoid robots. According to Google X exec Andy Conrad, while discussing ideas with Page, one feels terrified, inspired and nurtured at the same time.
Google from Page’s viewpoint
At present, Google has a workforce of around 55,000 people all over the world, but to keep the motivation going, Page did not stop asking one question to him even now. Page told Fortune’s Miguel Helft, “I’m always asking the question, as the company has grown from a hundred people, ‘Would I want to work for Google?”
Page said one of the most important tasks for him is to ensure the search engine giant has a favorable environment for the people who come to work and who are curious and entrepreneurial. Page is a firm believer of moonshot, which is all about upping the stride of technology by 10 times. He said looking at the organizations that have diminished or are on the verge of falling, he feels these companies were not good for people who wanted to do those things. Page said these organizations created a loop and followed the same processes, which make them unattractive to employees, who want to “do impactful things.”