Now that Google has transformed the way content is consumed and distributed, it is hoping to win the race toward mobile, the Internet search giant's executive chairman told CNBC's "Street Signs" Tuesday.
"The entire industry is organized around this mobile transition and who gets there first is going to be both the economic winner and the influence winner," Eric Schmidt said.
Schmidt ranked No. 4 on CNBC's list of top 25 people who have had the most profound influence on business and finance over the past 25 years. He shares the honor with Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
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Page and Brin started Google in 1996, and Schmidt joined Google in 2001 to run the business. Schmidt returned day-to-day management to Larry Page in 2011, but remains chairman.