The world was taken by surprise when Google in October 2015 announced this young Indian American as the CEO of the company. No, it’s not that the world felt he didn’t deserve it, it was just a little shocking how quickly Sundar Pichai rose from being a product manager to the Chief Executive Officer of one of the biggest companies in the world. A look at Sundar Pichai’s professional career progression reveals that his rise to the top of his professional ladder was not handed out to him. It was well deserved!
Sundar Pichai’s Biography (Age)
His full name is Pichai Sundararajan, although he is popularly known as Sundar Pichai. He was born on the 10th of June, 1972 in Madurai Tamil Nadu, India. Although born in India, he holds an American Citizenship. He was born to Indian parents who lived in a two-room apartment and it was here that Pichai spent most of his formative years. His father’s name is Regunatha Pichai and he was a successful owner of a manufacturing plant that manufactured different electrical components. He also worked with GEC, the British conglomerate as an electrical engineer. His father undoubtedly had a successful career and we can’t help but wonder if this in any way fueled the ambition and passion within Sundar Pichai. His mother’s name is Lakshmi and she worked as a stenographer for many years.
Regarding his education, Sundar Pichai definitely received a ton of it. He completed his high school education in India, specifically, at Central Board of Secondary Education School located in Ashok Nagar. He however completed class XII from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. After the completion of his high school, he earned a degree in an unusual field, Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur. For those who do not know, metallurgical engineering is a branch of material science and engineering that focuses on both the chemical and physical properties of metallic compounds, intermetallic compounds, and alloys.
After this, he moved on to obtain a Master’s degree from the prestigious Stanford University in Material Sciences and Engineering. Not stopping there, he also received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. It appears this intelligent young man left a mark while at school because he was eventually named a Siebel Scholar and a Palmer Scholar.
Sundar Pichai’s Career
Interestingly, Sundar’s career began way before Google at McKinsey & Company where he was employed as an engineer and a management consultant. This company is known worldwide as a firm that offers management consulting services and Sundar’s employment here was no doubt a big leap for his career.
In 2004 however, Sundar officially joined Google and he was in charge of production management and also generating innovative efforts for Google’s client software programs. Some of these products include Google Chrome and Google Drive. While serving as the production manager, he led the team in the production of some of your favorite Google products including Google Maps and Gmail.
What’s interesting to know about Sundar Pichai’s professional rise is that he was considered for the role of the Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft in 2014 but unfortunately (well, fortunately) the position was given to another person named Satya Nadella. A year after, in August 2015, Pichai was selected as the next Chief Executive Officer of Google. He resumed full duties as the CEO on the 24th of October, 2015 after Alphabet Inc. had been fully formed. Alphabet Inc. serves as the parent company under which Google exists.
Pichai caught the world’s attention after he fired an employee of Google in August of 2017 who wrote a ten-page manifesto that criticized some of the company’s policies on the representation of both genders. Pichai addressed this by condemning the manifesto. He wrote in a memo, “To suggest that a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to work is offensive.”
Marriage and Personal Life
Are you wondering if this successful man is single, or has tied the knot with someone? Well, the answer is the latter. Sundar Pichai is married to a woman named Anjali Pichai, and not only that but their marriage has produced two children.
Sundar Pichai’s Net Worth and Salary
Of course, everyone wants to know what the CEO of Google earns. According to reports, as of 2016, Sundar Pichai earns an annual salary of $199.7 million! Meanwhile, his net worth is estimated at $600 million. No surprises there!
Height and Body Measurements
The Google CEO stands at a height of 5 feet 11 inches (1.8 meters) and weighs at 154 pounds (70 kg). He has chest-waist-hips dimensions of 40-36-37 inches with a biceps size of 12 inches.