Google CEO discloses rare vocal cord problem
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google chief executive Larry Page has disclosed a problem with his vocal cords that makes it difficult for him to speak and breathe occasionally, but he says he remains fit enough to keep running the Internet's most influential company.
The explanation that Mr Page posted on Tuesday on his Google Plus profile cleared up a mystery hanging over him since he lost his voice a year ago, causing him to miss Google Inc's annual shareholders meeting in June and a conference call to discuss the company's quarterly earnings in July.
Yet Mr Page, the company's co-founder and chief executive for the past two years, conceded that all is not completely well with him. Mr Page, who is 40, says his left vocal cord has been paralysed since coming down with a severe cold 14 years ago, while Google was still in its formative stages. That issue was compounded last year with another cold that Mr Page says impaired his right vocal cord, though it still has limited movement.
Mr Page's unavailability last year spooked investors, especially those who remembered Apple Inc's initial refusal to disclose the extent of co-founder Steve Jobs' health problems. Mr Jobs took two formal medical leaves as Apple's chief executive before resigning from the job about six weeks before his death from cancer. When Mr Page had his health issue, Google had simply said he was dealing with a throat problem that wouldn't get in the way of his job.