Sundar Pichai is an Indian American business executive who is better known as the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of the technology giant, Google. He 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, Chrome OS, and Google Drive. He is one of the wealthiest people with a total net worth of $600 million as of 2023.
Biography and Early Life
Sundar Pichai was born on the 10th of June 1972, in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India to Regunatha Pichai and Lakshmi. He has one younger brother. He holds dual citizenship of Indian and American and of Tamil ancestry.
Sundar Pichai attended Jawahar Vidyalaya, a Central Board of Secondary Education school in Ashok Nagar, Chennai till the 10th and completed higher secondary education from Vana Vani school inside the campus of Indian Institute of Technology Madras.
Pichai received his degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, West Bengal.
He then enrolled at Stanford University in California, the USA from where he earned his Masters in Science in Material Sciences and Engineering. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was named a Siebel Scholar and a Palmer Scholar, respectively.
|Birth Name||Pichai Sundararajan|
|Nickname(s)||Sundar Pichai, Rajesh|
|Date of Birth||June 10, 1972|
|Birth Place||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Age||50 years old|
|Profession||Business Executive, CEO of Google|
|Residence||Los Altos Hills, Santa Clara County, Californa, U.S.|
Sundar Pichai Wife and Love Life
Pichai is married to Anjali Pichai and has two children – son Kiran and daughter Kavya.
He first met his wife while pursuing his engineering at IIT Kharagpur, where she studied chemical engineering. She was from Rajasthan, India. After that, he moved to the US for his master’s while she worked as a business executive for Accenture. During that time, they barely talked with each other. After three years, she managed to get a job there and moved to the USA and they later married.
|Height||5 ft 10 in or 178 cm|
|Weight||68 kg or 150 lbs|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
|Distinctive Features||Thin and lanky build|
After graduation, Pichai worked as a Management Consultant for McKinsey & Company and joined Google in 2004. There he was largely responsible for product management and development of several business suites and client software like Google Chrome, Chrome OS, Gmail, Google Maps, and Google Drive. He launched Chrome OS in 2011 and went on for public use in 2012.
Besides overseeing many Google Products, Sundar Pichai became the head of Android the following year, which was formerly overseen by Andy Rubin, co-founder of Android. He served various positions there, including the director of Jive Software before he was chosen as the next CEO of Google on 10th August 2015. The move came as a major aspect of a rebuilding procedure that made Alphabet Inc. the parent organization of Google. He was appointed as the new CEO of Google in October 2015, and he is serving as the CEO of the company since then.
Pichai has appeared in quite a few documentaries, including Click (2014), The Android King: Sundar Pichai (2015) as well as hosted the Breakthrough Prize Ceremony in 2015.
In India, he made his appearance on Star India, where he was interviewed by Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan on Ted Talks India: Nayi Soch – Episode 4 through Beam Pro Telepresence technology.
- Food – Curd Rice
- Sport – Cricket, Soccer
- Cricketers – Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli
- Soccer Player – Lionel Messi
- Sports Team – FC Barcelona (Soccer), Golden State Warriors (Basketball)
- Bollywood Actress – Deepika Padukone
- TV Show – Game of Thrones
- Movie – Star Trek Franchise
- Role Model – N.R. Narayana Murthy (Infosys co-founder)
Sundar Pichai Net Worth
As of 2023, Sundar Pichai has a net worth of $600 million which has seen a stupendous rise after he was appointed as the CEO of Google. He’s well paid for his work and his compensation includes three components – salary, bonus, and stocks.
In 2015, he made roughly $100 million as compensation with his basic salary of $652,500, a bonus of $23,000, and restricted stocks of $99 million. In 2016, Pichai received roughly $183 million in company stock, which according to Bloomberg is the highest pay package that Google has ever given to an executive whose equity grants have been reported in filings. His compensation is over $200 million.
He lives in a lavish 5-bedroom house that boasts all dazzling features including a tennis court, and a miniature football field for his son, located in Los Altos Hills, California. He bought this property roughly for $3 million. Besides, he also owns multiple properties in the US and India.
Social Media Profiles
- Instagram – sundarpichai
- Twitter – sundarpichai
Sundar Pichai Facts
During childhood, he aspired to become a cricketer as he is a huge fan of the sport.
His family wasn’t wealthy, and the boys slept together in the living room of their two-room apartment.
Growing up, he didn’t have a television or telephone. His parents got a rotary telephone when he was 12 years old. In fact, he is very good at memorizing phone numbers that he had ever dialed on their rotary phone.
As a teenager, he got interested in technology and the first software program he wrote was a chess game.
When he got to America, he couldn’t believe how expensive everything was — a backpack for $60!
He had his interview at the Googleplex on April 1, 2004, the same day they launched Gmail. He thought that the free email service was one of Google’s infamous pranks.
Sundar first worked on Google Search Bar. In 2006, when Microsoft made Bing the browser’s default search engine, the Google search bar got a big blow that made Pichai convince computer manufacturers to preinstall the Google toolbar to retain Google’s popularity with its users.
He came up with the idea of building a dedicated browser for Google which persuaded Larry Page and Sergey Brin to accommodate the idea. Google Chrome is one of the most used browsers out there with more than 45% market share.
One Googler on Quora wrote, “He is literally worshipped inside Google. Engineers love him. Product Managers love him. Business people love him.”
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.”
In 2022, Pichai received the Padma Bhushan from the Government of India, its third-highest civilian award.