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Google execs reveal secrets to success they got from Silicon Valley's 'trillion dollar' business coach

Catherine Clifford

In his decades mentoring Silicon Valley's elite executives, Bill Campbell became the trusted confidant to tech leaders including Apple co-founder Steve Jobs , former executive chairman and CEO of Google Eric Schmidt and Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg . Schmidt, who met with Campbell "just about every week" for 15 years, says part of his brilliance was his trustworthiness. "It became very clear that I could have conversations with him that I could not have with anyone else, in particular my own hopes and fears," Schmidt tells CNBC Make It .