Link to article: The Untold Story Of Larry Page's Incredible Comeback
By August 2001, Schmidt had fully extricated himself from his responsibilities at Novell. He became Google’s CEO — so-called adult supervision for Page and his co-founder, Brin.And for a long time, Larry Page was very unhappy.Everyone knows the Steve Jobs story — how he was fired from the company he founded — Apple — only to return from exile decades later to save the business.What’s less-well understood is that Apple’s board and investors were absolutely right to fire Jobs. Early in his career, he was petulant, mean, and destructive. Only by leaving Apple, humbling himself, and finding a second success (with Pixar) was he able to mature into the leader who would return to Apple and build it into the world’s most-valuable company.Larry Page is the Steve Jobs of Google.Like Jobs, Page has a co-founder, Sergey Brin, but Page has always been his company’s true visionary and driving force.And just as Apple’s investors threw Jobs out of his company, Google’s investors ignored Page’s wishes and forced him to hire a CEO to be adult supervision.Both then underwent a long period in the wilderness. Steve Jobs’ banishment was more severe, but Page also spent years at a remove from the day-to-day world of Google.As with Jobs, it was only through this long exile that Page was able to mature into a self-awareness of his strengths and weaknesses.Then, like Jobs, Page came back with wild ambitions and a new resolve.