These Are The Top Googlers In Silicon Valley Right Now

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We assembled a list of the most powerful and influential people in Silicon Valley, The Silicon Valley 100.It should come as no surprise that there are a bunch of people from Google on it.

Google’s CEO Larry Page just barely missed out on the top spot.

But you might be surprised by the other Googlers that show up on the list.

Google's Senior Vice President of YouTube and video clocks in at #86

Larry Page appointed Salar Kamangar as one of Google's 7 top leaders this year, and gave him a hard mission: turn YouTube from a site where users upload cat videos into a mainstream entertainment platform like TV.

Under his leadership, YouTube began putting hundreds of millions of dollars into original content and redesigned the site around 'channels' instead of individual videos.

Google's Senior Vice President Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer David Drummond comes right after at #85

As Android resellers faced patent lawsuits from Apple, Microsoft, and others, Chief counsel David Drummond fought back with angry screeds about the patent system. Then, when Google lost a bid to get a bunch of smartphone patents from Novell, Google went and bought Motorola for $12.5 billion--in large part because of its more than 17,000 patents. Drummond has also been trying to defend Google against antitrust vultures in the U.S. and Europe.

David Lawee, Google's VP of Corporate Development, is #81

Google acquired 79 companies last year! The point man on a lot of those acquisitions was David Lawee, the head of corporate development.

Google's secretive Sergey Brin is much higher up at #34

Brin was the most prominent internal voice pushing for Google+ over the last year, then ended up with a smaller, more secretive role at Google after this year's big management shake up. He's currently running Google X, the company's secret project division that is trying to imagine big products like self-driving cars.

YouTube's Robert Kyncl ranks even higher than Brin at #30

Google is trying to turn YouTube into a destination for premium content AND premium ad dollars. To lure high quality shows, Google's Vice President of content Robert Kyncl spent much of 2011 throwing around hundreds of millions of dollars in Hollywood. It was the kind of bold move that will get you on this list every year.

Google's Android chief Andy Rubin comes right after at #29

Google came out with two new versions of its Android operating system in 2011. It gobbled up tons of market share from Apple's iPhone. Andy Rubin was the man pushing the action at Google.

Google's social gurus Vic Gundotra and Bradley Horowitz both hold #4

Google+ is Google's huge bet on social--it now powers Google's search engine and it has more than 90 million users. Vic Gundotra and Bradley Horowitz are a huge part of that network, which launched in June last year.

Google CEO Larry Page is just behind Steve Jobs at #2

Larry Page took the reins at one of the most important, and most closely-watched companies in the world. He quickly reorganized the company. He tried to make the company much more streamlined. He also centered the company's strategy on improving its social efforts with Google+.

He also said Google is no longer just a search company. What that means, and how it plays out will be an important story to watch over the next five years.

If all that weren't enough, he bought Motorola in a deal valued at $12.5 billion.

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