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Sundar Pichai
Born Pichai Sundararajan
July 12, 1972 (age 46)
MaduraiTamil Nadu, India
Citizenship United States
Alma mater Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
Stanford University
University of Pennsylvania
Occupation CEO of Google
Employer Google (2004–present)
Salary US$199.7 million (2016)
Net worth US$1.2 billion (2017)
Board member of
Spouse(s) Anjali Pichai
Children 2

Pichai Sundararajan (born July 12, 1972), also known as Sundar Pichai, is an Indian American business executive.

Pichai is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Google Inc. Formerly the Product Chief of Google, Pichai’s current role was announced on August 10, 2015, as part of the restructuring process that made Alphabet Inc. into Google’s parent company, and he assumed the position on October 2, 2015.

Childhood & Early Life
  • He was born as Pichai Sundararajan on July 12, 1972, in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. His father, Regunatha Pichai, worked as an electrical engineer for the British conglomerate GEC and managed a factory that made electrical components. His mother used to be a stenographer before having children. He has one brother.

  • Pichai grew up in a middle-class home and was a bright student. He excelled academically at his school, Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan, and earned a seat in the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, one of the most prestigious engineering institutions in India.

  • He did his B.Tech in Metallurgical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur and then won a scholarship to study materials science and semiconductor physics from Stanford University from where he eventually earned his M.S.

Career

Pichai worked in engineering and product management at Applied Materials and in management consulting at McKinsey & Company. Pichai joined Google in 2004, where he led the product management and innovation efforts for a suite of Google’s client software products, including Google Chrome and Chrome OS, as well as being largely responsible for Google Drive. He went on to oversee the development of different applications such as Gmail and Google Maps. On November 19, 2009, Pichai gave a demonstration of Chrome OS; the Chromebook was released for trial and testing in 2011 and released to the public in 2012. On May 20, 2010, he announced the open-sourcing of the new video codec VP8 by Google and introduced the new video format, WebM.

On March 13, 2013, Pichai added Android to the list of Google products that he oversees. Android was formerly managed by Andy Rubin. He was a director of Jive Software from April 2011 to July 30, 2013. Pichai was selected to become the next CEO of Google on August 10, 2015, after previously being appointed Product Chief by CEO, Larry Page. On October 24, 2015, he stepped into the new position at the completion of the formation of Alphabet Inc., the new holding company for the Google company family.

Pichai had been suggested as a contender for Microsoft‘s CEO in 2014, a position that was eventually given to Satya Nadella.

In August 2017, Pichai drew publicity for firing a Google employee who wrote a ten-page manifesto criticizing the company’s diversity policies and arguing that “distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and … these differences may explain why we don’t see equal representation of women in tech and leadership”.While noting that the manifesto raised a number of issues that are open to debate, Pichai said in a memo to Google employees that “to suggest a group of our colleagues has traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK”.

In December 2017, Pichai was a speaker at the World Internet Conference in China, where he stated that “a lot of work Google does is to help Chinese companies. There are many small and medium-sized businesses in China who take advantage of Google to get their products to many other countries outside of China.”

Major Works

  • An engineering genius known for his innovative ideas, Sundar Pichai is best known as the mastermind behind the launch of the Chrome browser in 2008. He played a pivotal role in convincing his seniors at Google to launch the browser which in time became the most popular browser on the internet and also led to the launch of the Chrome operating system.

Keynote (Google I/O ’18)

Personal Life & Legacy
  • He is married to Anjali Pichai and is the father of two children.
Net Worth
  • Sundar Pichai has an estimated net worth of $1.2 Billion.

Keynote (Google I/O ’17)

Top 10 Facts You Did Not Know About Sundar Pichai
  • Sundar Pichai is a huge cricket fan and was the captain of his school cricket team.

  • His family did not possess a phone until he was 12.

  • He once tried to talk a friend out of working at Google before joining the company himself.

  • Sundar Pichai joined Google even before the company went public.

  • He is very good at remembering numbers and could remember every telephone number he dialed when he was young.

  • He interacts with students at IIT-Kharagpur over Skype at regular intervals.

  • He was also one of the top contenders for the post of CEO at Microsoft, which ultimately went to Satya Nadella.

  • The Google CEO is not at all “nerdy” as his appearance might suggest! He is actually very grounded, helpful and friendly.

  • He has been the master of ceremonies at Google I/O for the past few years.

  • It is rumored that Twitter tried to poach Sundar Pichai, a few years back, while he was working at Google, but Google paid him an exorbitantly higher pay to retain him.

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