Eric Schmidt

Accidental hero


Chairman of Google Eric Schmidt may well have saved China’s mobile phone industry.

In a career that spans 26 years, Eric Schmidt has been many things. Until 2001 he was best known as the CEO of Novell, a Silicon Valley software firm. Today he is famed – and admired and feared and hated – as chairman and CEO of Google. But by the time he retires, the 53-year-old Schmidt may be known by another title – the man who saved China's mobile phone business.