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Posted on December 19 2015

Who is Sundar Pichai?

By  Editor
Updated March 26 2024

Indian news media and Indian citizens have been in awe of this incredibly shy ‘nerd’ who has risen to become the head of the most famous multicounty digital behemoth of a company, scoring a rank of being a net worth of US$ 150 million King of Google. Most of us had never heard of this young Indian from Chennai before becoming the CEO of Google. His sudden rise, in Google and popularity, has left a sense of vacuum when we think of Sundar Pichai. To answer this mystery, we have compiled a list 22 things that can help define a clearer image of the man we know as Sundar Pichai.

  1. Born on 12th July 1972 to parents Lakshmi and Regunatha Pichai in Chennai. Mr. Pichai worked as an engineer for General Electric Company and is a role model to his son.
  2. Grew up in a modest two-room apartment in Ashok Nagar.
  3. He Has a brother.
  4. A former teacher said that Pichai was never a memorable student. Most people don’t remember Pichai from their hay days.
  5. However, he loves cricket and was the captain of his school cricket team.
  6. He grew up with his head buried in books.
  7. He Was brilliant in science.
  8. Studied Metallurgical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur (West Bengal); graduated 1993.
  9. He met his future wife Anjali at IIT-K.
  10. Won a scholarship to Stanford University (USA) to study an MS in Material Sciences and Engineering.
  11. Planned for a Ph.D., but went for an MBA instead.
  12. Later studied an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (USA). He was named a Palmer Scholar and a Siebel Scholar for academic excellence.
  13. Joined Google in 2004.
  14. Worked for McKinsey and Company, Applied Materials, and was director of Jive Software from 2011 to 2013. A company providing solutions for communication and collaboration.
  15. Developed Google Chrome and Google Drive.
  16. Also behind the success of Android, Gmail, Google Maps, Chromebook and many Google apps.
  17. Lives in San Francisco, California with his wife, daughter, and son.
  18. Is a very opinionated person.
  19. He Was once a top contender for the post of CEO at Microsoft, which went to Satya Nadella instead.
  20. Height: 6 feet 3 inches.
  21. Sun sign: Cancer
  22. Salary US$ 50 million in 2014.

With Indian born leaders heading Google and Microsoft, we can expect more research and travel between the world’s largest democracy and the world’s largest communicator of democracy. We at Y-Axis hope this will make citizens travel to and from both nations, exchanging culture, increasing job opportunities, and helping national economies.


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