Shalom Life | December 18, 2014

Google CEO Larry Page’s Health Being Questioned

Wall Street is speculating Page might have more than just a “lost voice”

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: June 25th, 2012 in Business » World

Google CEO Larry Page’s Health Being Questioned

In the wake of Google CEO, Larry Page, missing an annual shareholder meeting last week due to a “lost voice”, many are speculating that the Internet giant might be concealing larger health issues.

The Wall Street Journal quoted an email Page sent to employees last week stating, “there is nothing seriously wrong with me”, but now Google has announced that the CEO will also be absent from a Google developers’ conference this week and its next earnings conference call next month.

At last week’s shareholder meeting, Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, explained that Page “lost his voice” and “can’t do any public speaking engagements for the time being”. Schmidt wished the CEO a “quick recovery”, but refrained from mentioning how Page lost his voice.

Some corporate governance experts find the situation to be a little fishy, and believe that Google should disclose further details, given the experience of Steve Jobs. The Apple CEO died last year after delivering very limited updates about his health, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"We have no specific reason to think there is anything more to Larry's condition, but we find it odd that the company would already rule him out of the second-quarter [earnings], call which is likely still a few weeks away," the Wall Street Journal quoted JP Morgan analyst Doug Anmuth as saying. "We think this could raise some questions among investors."

Herman Leung, analyst with Susquehanna Financial Group, said he is already getting calls from investors asking if they have reason to be worried.

"It's hard to imagine a CEO missing that much stuff and not have a serious problem," added Rick Devine, head of Devine Capital Partners.

The Wall Street Journal consulted with a voice care specialist regarding different medical ailments that would cause long-time voice loss. The voice care specialist suggested Page could have a number of different ailments including acute laryngitis, muscle tension dysphonia, or benign lesions on the vocal chord.

Harvard Suspends Purchases from SodaStream after anti-Israel Pressure Harvard Suspends Purchases from SodaStream after anti-Israel Pressure TrendingThis Israeli-Designed Belt Protects Against Radiation Exposure This Israeli-Designed Belt Protects Against Radiation Exposure TrendingStudy: Israeli Teens Encounter More Hate Online Study: Israeli Teens Encounter More Hate Online Trending
 

Israeli Study: Kids Start Enjoying the Misfortune of Others At Very Early Age

December 18, 2014 | By NoCamels Team
Israeli Study: Kids Start Enjoying the Misfortune of Others At Very Early Age

Study conducted by the University of Haifa found evidence of 'schadenfreude' in two-year-olds

Read More

Harvard Suspends Purchases from SodaStream after anti-Israel Pressure

December 18, 2014 | By JNS.org
Harvard Suspends Purchases from SodaStream after anti-Israel Pressure

The decision was made after two pro-Palestinian groups filed complaints

Read More

Historic Six-Day War Photo Recreated at Western Wall

December 18, 2014 | By Hen Kotes-Bar
Historic Six-Day War Photo Recreated at Western Wall

Three soldiers captured on camera just after Jerusalem's Old City was taken in 1967 return to scene some 47 years with the same photographer

Read More

Jewish Hall of Fame: Matt Stone

December 17, 2014 | By Caitlin Marceau
Jewish Hall of Fame: Matt Stone

Co-creator of the Emmy award-winning 'South Park', and the Tony award-winning 'The Book of Mormon'

Read More

Israeli Right Wing Politician Mockingly Dresses Up As a Hipster in New Campaign Video

December 17, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Israeli Right Wing Politician Mockingly Dresses Up As a Hipster in New Campaign Video

The politician's latest effort to recruit Israelis to Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home)

Read More

Top 50 Hottest Jewish Women of 2014 (50-41)

December 17, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Top 50 Hottest Jewish Women of 2014 (50-41)

Join Shalom Life in celebrating the 50 most talented, intelligent, funny, and beautiful Jewish women of the year.

Read More

Jonah Hill and James Franco's 'True Story' Gets First Trailer

December 17, 2014 | By Sara Torvik
Jonah Hill and James Franco's 'True Story' Gets First Trailer

The film is set to premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Read More

Alan Gross: Freedom is not Free

December 17, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Alan Gross: Freedom is not Free

The 65-year-old Jewish American makes his first public remarks after spending five years in a Cuban prison

Read More

More Headlines