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(NasdaqNM: GOOG)


Google's runaway lead in the Internet search market has stunned many analysts as well as its deep-pocketed competitors. Even in the hotly contested U.S. market, Google's share of searches climbed 6 points, to 43%, in the past year, while all competitors lost ground, according to comScore Media Metrix. Grabbing such lucrative market share has spurred Google's business: It notched $1.5 billion in net sales during the first quarter of 2006, a 93% jump over the year-ago period. Its stock has enjoyed a similar run, climbing 96%, to $387, since the start of 2005.

Company Info

2005 Rank


($ Millions)


Sales Growth
(over prev. year)

88 %

($ Millions)


Return on Equity

16.5 %

Total Return on Sales (12-mo.)


Share Price
As of 5/31/06



NasdaqNM: GOOG

No. of Employees


Industry Internet Companies
*Trailing 12 months
Stock price data as of 5/31/06
DATA: Standard & Poor's Compustat

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Company Snapshot

Google offers advertising and Internet search solutions, as well as intranet solutions through an enterprise search appliance. The company, through, provides Google WebSearch that offers access to Web pages; Google Image Search, a searchable index of images found across the Web; Google Groups that enable participation in Internet discussion groups; Google News that gathers information from news sources and presents news in a searchable format; Froogle, a shopping search engine; Google Local that allows users to find driving directions and local businesses; and Google Desktop that enables users to perform a text search on the contents of their own computer. Its Web and content search products include Google Scholar to search for scholarly literature; Google Book Search to bring print information online; Google Base to upload, store, and describe online or offline content; and Google Video to exchange video content between consumers and producers. These products also comprise personalized search and homepage, alerts, Web directory, and music search. The company's communication and collaboration products and services comprise Gmail, an email service; orkut that enables users to search and connect to other users; and Blogger, a Web-based publishing tool. Google also provides downloadable applications for computers; ability to search and view mobile Web, and a downloadable Java client application for mobiles; and Google Labs that operate as test beds for its engineers and users. Further, the company offers Google AdWords, an advertising program that presents ads to people; Google AdSense program that allows Web sites in the Google Network to serve targeted ads from AdWords advertisers; and search technology for enterprises through the Google Search Appliance and Google Mini. Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998. The company is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. Google acquired dMarc Broadcasting in February 2006.

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Eric E. Schmidt

Eric E. Schmidt, 50

Chief Executive Officer and Director

Total Compensation


Princeton University - BS, University of California Berkeley - Master's Degree, University of California Berkeley - MS, University of California Berkeley - PhD

Eric Schmidt has been chief executive officer of Google since July, 2001. From April, 1997, to July, 2001, he served as CEO and chairman at Novell. From 1983 to March, 1997, Schmidt held various positions at Sun Microsystems, including chief technology officer from February, 1994, to March, 1997. Prior to joining Sun, he was a member of the research staff at the Computer Science Lab at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. Schmidt also held positions at Bell Laboratories and Zilog. He has been director of Siebel Systems since May, 1996. Schmidt serves as director at Google and has been chairman of the executive committee since April, 2004. He is a member of advisory board at Global Technology Investments. Schmidt served as chairman of Google from March, 2001, until April, 2004. He received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University and a master's in electrical engineering and a PhD in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley.

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