Larry Page Has Been Running Google For A Year, And The Stock Has Gone Nowhere

This Wednesday, Google CEO Larry Page celebrates the one-year anniversary of his second go-around leading the company he founded with Sergey Brin.

His record has been mixed — he’s managed to keep employees happy and stop the brain drain, has overseen the launch of Google’s most successful social product yet (Google+) and redesigns of key products like YouTube, and made a big bold bet on mobile by spending $12.5 billion on Motorola. 

He’s also faced criticism as Google’s transformation from “pure” search engine into Internet portal has become obvious. The “evil” word has even been trotted out a few times.

But the big question for investors is: how has the stock done since he’s taken over? 

It’s up about 9% as of this morning. 

But Google’s biggest (public) rivals are doing better: Amazon is up 10%, Microsoft 27%, and Apple almost 80%.

Here’s the chart:

Stock price one year since Larry Page took over

Photo: Google Finance

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