In a story published about Larry Page, Google"s co-founder, in Wired Magazine, revealed that when Google was looking for an experienced CEO to provide "adult supervision" to the company in 2000, their first preference was Steve Jobs.
Google also considered other big names in Silicon Valley, like Intel"s Andy Grove, Intuit"s Scott Cook, Amazon .com"s Jeff Bezos, and others.
The report added that the venture capitalist John Doerr arranged for Google"s young co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, to meet with half-a-dozen Silicon Valley CEOs in an attempt to get the new CEO. Finally, Doerr introduced Eric Schmidt to Google founders and in 2001 Schmidt appointed as the new CEO.
Google under Schmidt grew into the third-largest technology company in the world, Page and Brin came to genuinely appreciate their CEO. Page would later describe hiring Schmidt as brilliant.