Eric Schmidt is the Executive Chairman of Alphabet Inc., which is basically Google’s parent company. Schmidt has been with Google since 2001 – that’s 15 years! So if there is one man who knows almost as much as about Google as Google’s founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page it is Schmidt.
Yet the 61-year-old 100th richest person in the world finds it difficult to answer a question his own company fired at those who came to Google for job.
In November, Schmidt was at the Summit at Sea conference which had among the attendees names such as Quentin Tarantino, Will.i.am and Erin Brockowich.
Schmidt was asked to solve this brainteaser:
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“You’re the captain of a pirate ship… and you find a chest of gold. Your crew gets to vote on how the gold is divided up. If fewer than half of the pirates agree with you, you die. How do you recommend apportioning the gold in such a way that you get a good share of the booty but still survive?”
A report says that Schmidt not only asked the questioner to repeat the question but also took more than the average time needed to answer it.
To his credit, he did give the right answer:
“It seems to me that if more than half are happy, I survive. I propose, that we give 49% of the pirates stock in internet companies, and 51% get the gold”.
The answer is explained here in this video: