Larry Page illustration by Ingram Pinn

Larry Page is, along with Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google. He conceived PageRank - a breakthrough idea for assessing the importance of a web page based on the number of other sites linking to it.

He has been the company's chief executive since April 2011 and ranked 20th on the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans in 2013

Alphabet and Berkshire boards targeted

American groups in sights of lobbyists over need to refresh directors

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Alphabet’s shift is more complex than ABC

Year after Google’s parent unveiled transformation — and new name — key decisions have yet to be made

Living in a semi-autonomous tech world

Companies need to do more to help users understand intelligent machines

Nest chief exits as ‘smart home’ falters

Collaborator on iPod invention fails to deliver breakthrough results

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Forbes rich list: the top 500

Incumbents and the opposite of innovation

A vigorous obsession with defending the core can be worse than inertia

Asteroid mining is not science fiction

Manufacturing objects in orbit could be more economic than making them down here, writes Clive Cookson

Alphabet’s gamble on the future of tech

US group may have the money for moonshots but does it have the discipline?

Alphabet driven by core internet business

Google holding group becomes world’s most valuable company as it shows progress in mobile shift

Enlightenment and profit starts at office

The incentive structures of many companies are to minimise risk rather than maximise opportunity

Victorian tale of instant parcel post

Seamless online ordering blinds etailers to the hard last mile

What the Savoy hotel shares with Google

Hotel group’s late chief prioritised satisfaction of prestigious clientele over shareholder value

Google’s latest project is to use balloons to form one large global communications network

Reach for the skies

A family office must be a mixture of venture capitalist and wealth manager

Charles Lindbergh alongside his plane ‘The Spirit of St Louis’, in 1927
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To boldly go

The power of prize money is rediscovered to spur innovation

US tech giants need to soften their image

Companies such as Google may scorn officialdom, but being seen as nasty is bad for their business

‘Ragtime’ still timely on tycoons

The 1975 account of famous figures’ delusions still resonates

Alphabet makes time Google’s key resource

Search company’s progression into new era piles new pressures on managers

Some of Google's recent innovations: a contact lens that monitors health; a self-driving car; Makani's wind-generating kites; and Nest

Google: Letters of intent

Under the Alphabet umbrella, the internet group seeks to distinguish the visionary from the wacky

Google rises on promise of more openness

Investors welcome technology group’s corporate restructuring

Google: hacking the structure

Reorganisation creates a personnel mess but could help reveal the power of core business

Pichai’s rapid climb to internet peak

Indian-born executive given control of Google Inc unit

Google transforms to Alphabet tech group

Radical restructuring plan sees search engine arm as subsidiary

Google searches for the ‘smart city’

Sidewalk Labs adopts ‘bottom-up’ approach to improving living costs, transport and energy use

Google eyes better city life for billions

Pavement unit to develop technologies that focus on urban issues

Glassdoor approval ranking based on feedback by UK employees between Apr 2014 and Apr 2015

In a Blink: highest rated leaders

Staff put Google’s Larry Page first among CEOs on

Time for a brave CEO to ask for less pay

Even fervent defenders of free markets think top pay is out of control

How does one make it as a business pioneer?

Being a business creator rather than merely a discoverer was the key to making the shortlist

Google delves deeper into health data

Recent bets reveal far-reaching interest in health

Google finance chief Pichette to quit

Canadian handled company’s frayed relationship with Wall Street

Google founders to sell $4.4bn of stock

Larry Page and Sergey Brin will retain a stake worth nearly $45bn

Google co-founders plan $4.4bn share sale

Disposal by Page and Brin to take place over the next two years

Google shrugs off Glass setback

Reversal for group’s X lab comes as Wall St frets over margins

Google suspends sale of smartglasses

Management reshuffled at product criticised as threat to privacy

The most popular stories of 2014

The most popular stories of 2014

Innovation that exploits the past

Gambling that a rare flash of genius will generate a new, viable idea is expensive

Google moves into Nasa’s space

$200m renovation to help Google’s ambitions in exploration and robotics

French parties pin hopes on name change

Rebranding alone is unlikely to reverse voter disenchantment, writes Adam Thomson

Google looks beyond search for growth

Larry Page says search group risks hitting ceiling

The view ahead

The dotcom dreams are back. All the talk once again is of ‘digital disruption’

Google co-founder Larry Page
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Best of 2014

Our pick of the year’s features and interviews, starting with an interview with Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page