Larry Page, the co-founder of Google, reportedly lived off the network, hiding in Fiji and even asked the country’s health officials to let a local TV network pull a story about him selling medical supplies for COVID-19. 19 donated.
Page, 48, has become withdrawn in recent years and has avoided being photographed except a handful of times since he stepped down as CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc in 2019.
He had taken his private jet last month to donate medical supplies for COVID-19 to Fiji when a second wave of the pandemic hit the country – as reported on June 19 by Fijian Broadcasting Company News, according to Insider.
However, that story has since disappeared, and sources told Insider that health officials in Fiji had asked for it to be reported, claiming the information should not have been made public.
Larry Page, the co-founder of Google, reportedly lived off the grid and hid in Fiji
Page has spent months in Fiji – mostly on Tavarua Island – during the coronavirus pandemic
The article also appears to have since been removed from Google, with DailyMail.com finding no evidence that the article had even existed outside of Insider’s report.
DailyMail.com has reached out to Fijian Broadcasting Company News for more information and additional comments.
According to Insider, the story had reported that Page had flown from Hawaii to Fiji’s Nadi International Airport to supply the country with medical supplies, including masks, gowns and gloves.
A photo of Page’s jet was posted to Twitter on June 19 by a Fiji journalist, who captioned the post: “One of Google co-founders Larry Page donated boxes of COVID-19 supplies to Fiji as the country battles its second wave.” of the virus.’
The aircraft’s call sign 813QS, depicted on one of its engines, is licensed to Blue City Holdings, according to the Federal Communications Commission.
Blue City Holdings manages a fleet for Page and its co-founder Sergey Brin, as well as former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Insider reported.
According to Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Page has a net worth of approximately $117 billion, making him the sixth richest person in the world, one seat above Brin and one seat below Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.
The country’s “Blue Lane” initiative lets the super-rich visit the archipelago on their superyachts and private jets, even as the country closed its borders to traditional travelers — who used Page to get into the country, sources told Insider.
Page has spent months in Fiji during the coronavirus pandemic — mostly on the island of Tavarua — as the billionaire is rumored to have bought at least one island in the country’s Mamanuca archipelago, sources told Insider.
He has also been spotted on a smaller island called Namotu – which a sailor named Lorenzo Cipriani claimed Page was in a blog post in August.
“Superyachts are welcomed with open arms for which access procedures are simpler, while it is not easy for sailboats like ours,” Cipriani wrote.
“The government is promoting a campaign that welcomes people who have a lot of money to spend and who are waiting for the arrival of hundreds of luxury yachts.”
Cipriani added: ‘To give an example, Larry Page, the founder of Google, bought the island of Namotu (just a few miles from us) and arrived there on a private jet to spend three months on vacation with 30 of his employees .’
“While they are here, some local suppliers and travel agents will work almost exclusively for them – people escaping the pandemic who have landed in paradise.”
Sources said Page and his wife Lucinda Southworth have been spotted riding traditional and electronic surfboards near the country’s islands, and that “he’s good at it too.”
The co-founders of Google Page and Brin, who still have incredible control of the company despite their departure, have largely avoided scrutiny while stepping out of the limelight.
In recent months, Google and companies like Apple, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon have been hit by high-profile lawsuits and had to testify in congressional hearings.
Earlier this month, dozens of US attorneys general filed a 144-page antitrust lawsuit in federal court against Alphabet Inc’s Google on Wednesday, according to court documents obtained by DailyMail.com.
It alleges that Google has violated the Sherman Act, the federal law that prohibits monopolistic business practices.
The lawsuit reads: “Google has used anti-competitive tactics to reduce and discourage competition in the distribution of Android apps.”
“Google has not only targeted potentially competing app stores, but has also ensured that app developers themselves have no reasonable choice but to distribute their apps through the Google Play Store,” it added.
Google requires some apps to use the company’s payment tools and bring Google as much as 30% of digital goods sales.
The lawsuit reads: “Google also requires that all app developers who sell content through the Google Play Store sell in-app digital content through Google Play Billing.”
“Google now enforces this tie strictly by preventing apps distributed through the Google Play Store from using consumers, referring consumers or even informing them about alternative payment processing options that may yield lower prices.”
As the new CEO of Alphabet Inc. Pichai appeared before Congress in May, although Insider noted that he and Page chat regularly.
Pichai testified on a wide range of topics, including extremism such as the Jan. 6 US Capitol riot, misinformation, cyberbullying, climate change and the coronavirus, the Washington Post reported.
Nell Minow, vice president of consulting firm ValueEdge Advisors, called Page’s relationship with the company he co-founded “unusual” in comments to Insider.
“It’s certainly unusual, and it’s certainly not good corporate governance,” Minow said. “Usually you see someone who is still involved with the company hangs a ‘gone fishing’ sign on the door and disappears.”