Sundar Pichai is an Indian American computer engineer and business executive who is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Google Inc.
He is best known as the mastermind behind the launch of Google’s 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.
Early Life, Education
Sundar was born Pichai Sundararajan, in Tamil Nadu, India, on 12 July 1972 to Lakshmi and Ragunatha Pichai. His mother Lakshmi was a stenographer and his father, Regunatha, an electrical engineer who owned a manufacturing plant that produced electrical components.
He completed his schooling from Chennai where he was one of the best cricket players and captain of his high school team. He went on to win the regional cricket tournament before joining IIT Kharagpur to complete his Bachelor Degree in Metallurgical Engineering.
He went on to win the regional cricket tournament before joining IIT Kharagpur to complete his Bachelor Degree in Metallurgical Engineering.
Pichai moved to the United States to pursue his masters’ degree from Stanford while he also attended Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania to complete an MBA. He started a career as an engineer and product manager at Applied Materials and in management consulting at McKinsey & Company before joining Google in 2004.
His dynamism led to several innovation efforts and product management at Google including Google Chrome, Chrome OS, and Google Drive while he also oversaw the development of several other apps like Gmail and Google Maps for the company. He quickly rose through the ranks in the company and is considered the third-man after Larry Page and Sergey Brin at Google. He demonstrated Chrome OS and Chromebook before its release while he also introduced VP8 and WebM.
Pichai took control of Android after Andy Rubin in 2013 and was linked to Twitter and Microsoft several times. He was offered a deal on Twitter while he was also considered a front-runner for the CEO at Microsoft to replace Steve Ballmer. Rumor, however, has it that Google offered him a $50 million per year stocks deal that he could not turn down.
Google went on to form a company, Alphabet Inc., to serve as a holding company and conglomerate to own the subsidiaries that were previously owned by Google, including a newly refurbished version of Google itself.
On 10 August 2015, Sundar Pichai was named the new CEO of Google. In addition to his position at Google, Pichai is a Board Member at Alphabet, CapitalG, and Magic leap.
Sundar Pichai Salary, Earnings
In February 2016, Pichai was awarded 273,328 shares of Google’s holding company Alphabet, which led to a rise in his wealth. These shares were worth $199 million, and this took his holdings up to $650 million.
That amount is still, however, far less than the net worth of Google’s founders, but makes Pichai one of the highest paid CEOs in the United States. With an annual income of $136 million, his net worth is currently at $1.2 billion.
Do not also forget the estimated value of his real estate property which is around $2.9 million along with his numerous unestimated properties in India.
The wealth and income of Sundar Pichai is expected to continue to grow at a Strong pace. Over the next few years, the current figures are likely to grow by around 55%.
Personal Life, Family, Wife, House
Pichai is married to Anjali Pichai and has two children; a daughter and a son.
The family lives in Los Altos Hills, near Santa Clara County, California. Pichai bought the luxury home which was designed by Robert Swatt of Swatt Miers in 2013. He also owns a house in Brooklyn which he bought for $6.8 million from Boyd Coddington in January 2015.
His interests include soccer and cricket. He is an avid fan of FC Barcelona, and once said that he watches every game of the club.
Quick Facts about Sundar Pichai
Full Name: Pichai Sundararajan
Profession: Engineer, Businessman, Executive
Date of Birth: 1972
Place of Birth: Tamil Nadu, India
Education: IIT Kharagpur, Stanford University
Marital Status: Married (Anjali Pichai)