Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. Newer, faster, better, Google is breaking technological advancements bit-by-bit, day-by-day, with chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt, and his partners in a steadfast trio of Google bosses, leading an average of two acquisitions per month.
What Made Him Haute: Eric Schmidt was brought on board at Google in 2001, and he took the company public in 2004. The Google tri-chief oversees an agenda that continues to wield influence in the tech industry and rake in the dough. It’s moved into new markets (and into more direct competition with Microsoft) with the launch of a mobile phone operating system and an open source web browser. Schmidt’s also been busy integrating acquisitions into Google, such as YouTube. He currently sits on the board of trustees for Carnegie Mellon University and Princeton University, and is a member President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
What Makes Him Haute Now: After unveiling Nexus One and announcing an upgraded version of Chrome browser earlier this year, Eric Schmidt’s fortune is up $1.9 billion from 2009. Google just picked up Slide.com, a maker of widgets for social networking sites. Google’s acquisition of Slide, in addition to its $150 million investment in Zynga, lays the foundation for Schmidt’s social networking expansion plan. Also in most recent news is Google’s Android phone, the top mobile OS sold to consumers in the United States, which outdid BlackBerry and Apple’s iPhone in 2Q. Schmidt confirmed that Android is seeing an activation rate of about 200,000 per day, accounting for a third of all smartphones sold in the U.S.; a 25 percent increase for Android in the past two months. Dr. Schmidt landed No. 117 on the Forbes 2010 list of the world’s billionaires.