05/09/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Eric Schmidt Of Google: Good Or Just Lucky?

In the eight years since Eric Schmidt got hired to run a hot private company called Google (GOOG) in 2001, the company has become one of the fastest growing and profitable companies the world has ever seen.

This growth has propelled Eric from his prior status as a little-known CEO of a technology also-ran (Novell) to one of the world's most powerful and richest men. He is also now widely regarded as one of the world's most talented chief executives.