When Larry Page became Google's chief executive in April, he could have taken a hands-off approach to running the company.
Few would have questioned a neutral stance.
After all, the world's leading search provider continues to expand profit and revenue at a record pace while racking up cash reserves of $42.6 billion and a market cap of $163 billion
Instead, Page, who founded the firm in 1998 with partner Sergey Brin, plugged into a higher speed.
He reorganized the company's management structure, redesigned the face of the company's products and pushed forward with a multibillion dollar deal to acquire a cellphone manufacturing outfit.
He also launched two other products aiming at Groupon, the leader of online coupons, and Facebook, the top social networking site.