Last Thursday, company officials confirmed that Larry Page, Google co-founder and CEO , has been unable to speak for almost 30 days. This news was announced during Google’s annual report assembly.
“There is more news about Larry (Page). He has lost his voice,” said Nikesh Arora, director of the technology business.
Page was absent from two key Google event – its annual shareholder meeting and subsequently, the Annual Developers Conference, where he was assigned to announce news between Android and the tablet Nexus 7, which will compete with the Amazon Kindle Fire.
Despite not participating in person, Page continues to lead the company and is involved in all strategic business decisions said Arora.
“Page’s absence is surprising and unusual. Not being able to talk for about four weeks appears to be significant,” said Scott Kessler, equity analyst for S & P Capital IQ in New York to CNNMoney.
People can’t help but feel nervous about Page’s absence in the events and compare it to what happened with Apple’s Steve Jobs. In the case of Jobs, very few details were released regarding his health condition. The public, as well as majority of the company’s employees were only informed about Jobs’ battle with cancer after he had surgery in August 2004.
Although Apple has continued to prosper after the death of Steve Jobs last October, investors were worried for years about Jobs’ health and succession plans. The company’s response was silent on the subject.
Lawrance Page was born on March 26, 1973 in Michigan, USA. His fortune is valued at just over $18 million and is ranked number 11 in Forbes Magazine’s list of richest people in the United States. Page Sergey Brin joined and co-founded Google in 1998.