When Sergey Brin and Larry Page were first looking for a CEO to run Google, they went to Apple's headquarters to meet with Steve Jobs. The Google co-founders left that meeting wanting the CEO of Apple to become CEO of Google.
According to interviews in Bloomberg's documentary series, Game Changers, that's who the two boywonders wanted as their boss. At the time, Sergey and Larry had interviewed some 12-13 candidates to become CEO of Google but didn't like any of 'em. Instead they wanted Jobs, their quote-unquote hero, to be the CEO. Unfortunately Jobs was busy running some other company that was about to embark on a renaissance for the ages.
The Google dudes ended up finding and picking Eric Schmidt who interestingly doesn't really resemble Jobs at all. And the rest, as they say, is history. Both companies went on to become wildly successful, Apple made the iPhone, Google made Android and now they all hate each other. What a fairy tale. [Bloomberg's Game Changers via Pocket-Lint]