Sundar Pichai, is one of the most influential people in the world and is the CEO of one of the most valuable companies in the world. Sundar Pichai is the CEO of Google and he recently became the CEO of Alphabet too (Alphabet is the Google’s parent company). His is one of what would everyone call a rags-to-riches story.
He came from a very modest family background. His father was an electrical engineer and his mother a stenographer (basically a person who writes the conversation going on in a court). He lives in a 2BHK apartment like most of the middle-class families. Born in Madhurai, his real name is Pichai Sundarajan. Sundar Pichai completed his schooling in Chennai itself from Jawahar Vidyalay. He then went on to complete his B.Tech in Metallurgy from IIT KGP (Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur) in 1993. Afterwards, with the help of the scholarship he received due to his excellence performance, he moved to US to complete his masters in material sciences and Engineering from Stanford University in 1995. Coming from a middle class family it was indeed a tough choice for him and his family to let Pichai go to US due to financial reasons. It is noteworthy that he did his graduation and post-graduation both in materials science but is now the head of one of the most iconic software company. Masters in Science was not the end of his education. Sundar Pichai has also done his MBA from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2002.
Sundar Pichai joined Google in 2004 as the lead of product management and innovations. Before joining Google, he did a couple of jobs at Mckinsey and Apllied Materials as an Engineer.
After completing his Masters, Pichai joined Applied Materials (a company dealing with semi-conductors) as an Engineer. After his MBA, he joined McKinsey for a couple of years. It was then in 2004 that Google hired him. Initially he worked on Google toolbar which enabled various browsers to access Google Search engines easily. At Google, Sundar was largely responsible for the development of various Google products which we all use today like the Google Chrome, Chrome OS, Google Drive, etc. Following this, Sundar Pichai was named as the Vice-president of product development in 2008. Besides he also oversaw various applications like the Gmail, Google Maps, and in 2013 announced that he will be also overlooking Android which became a part of Google. In the following year, Sundar Pichai was also made the product chief of both Google and The Android. Seeing his immense talent, Pichai got offers at top positions from some of the big companies like Twitter, Microsoft. To help Sudar stay back, Google is known to have awarded him huge bonuses with one of them being about 50 million dollars in stock options. There are innumerable other revolutions that he made in the company. He has a major contribution in making Google what it is today. He then became the CEO of Google on August 10th, 2015. Indeed coming from such a humble background and becoming the CEO of Google at the age of 43 years is what a real success story looks like.
Sundar Pichai had an excellent memory right from his childhood. He even got silver medal at IIT kharagpur. Not only that, he met his wife, Anjali Pichai in college itself, fell in love and then married her. Though, his family was not rich but his father made sure that the children received the highest quality education that they can afford. Indeed their efforts have paid off.
He has testified before the US Congress in 2018 when Google was charged with allegations relating to political bias among many others. He has cracked many multi-billion dollar deals for Google. He was a notable speaker at the World Internet conference held in China in 2017. His net-worth is over 1 billion dollars and his annual income is more than 100 million dollars as the CEO of Google. There are many more huge successes to come!