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- Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin stepped down from their roles at Google’s parent Alphabet on Tuesday.
- Google CEO Sundar Pichai is succeeding them, becoming CEO of both Google and Alphabet.
- Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff tweeted his congratulations, quipping that Page and Brin could run a presidential campaign for 2020.
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Google’s cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin announced Tuesday that they were stepping down from their roles at Google’s parent company Alphabet, and pronounced current Google CEO Sundar Pichai as their successor.
Pichai will now be CEO of both Google and Alphabet, although Page and Brin have signalled that they will still be involved with the company as board members, and the pair retain voting control of the company.
That has led to some speculation about what the two Silicon Valley magnates will now do with their spare time.
Page is the seventh-richest person in the world with a net worth of $62.7 billion, per Bloomberg’s billionaires index. Brin is three places behind him, with a net worth of $60.9 billion.
One fellow tech CEO and billionaire has some ideas.
“Congrats @sundarpichai! Exciting to see the new era begin. Well deserved promotion!” Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff tweeted, adding “How about Page/Brin 2020?”
Congrats @sundarpichai! Exciting to see the new era begin. Well deserved promotion!
& How about Page/Brin 2020?
— Marc Benioff (@Benioff) December 3, 2019
“More likely Benioff 2020,” Pichai replied, followed by a smiley face.
Mahalo. More likely Benioff 2020:)
— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) December 4, 2019
Page and Brin have never expressed any desires to run a presidential campaign. Brin was also born in the Soviet Union, and so could not run for president. Benioff has previously said he would never run for president.