In his first full year as Google CEO, Larry Page had plenty to brag about. The company he cofounded with Sergey Brin in 1998 saw its stock hit record highs; its mobile operating system has 1.3 million activations a day; and its first Nexus-branded tablet debuted to strong reviews.
But even if he wanted to brag, for much of the year he wouldn't have been able to. In the summer, Page was hit with a still-unspecified illness that caused him to lose his voice. The bug caused him to sit out the Google I/O developer conference as well as the second-quarter earnings call. His absence made it all the more humorous when his company's third-quarter earnings were reported early, with a space left for the now-famous "pending Larry quote." It wasn't until October that Page resurfaced, at a conference in Arizona, where he said he was "still a little hoarse" but otherwise OK. Here's hoping we hear more from him in 2013.