1. Pichai who originally hails from Tamil Nadu, completed his schooling from Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan (PSBB) in Chennai, and went on to graduate from IIT Kharagpur, with a Bachelor’s in Metallurgical Engineering. “I found him sharp and articulate. When discussions took place within our group, he usually took centrestage. He was very friendly and helpful. Not at all the ‘nerdy guy’ that one might assume. We used to watch movies till late night at times. These were times when internet wasn’t there and most of our time was spent talking to friends. He also used to read a lot,” Prashant Tripathy, CFO, Max Life Insurance told Times of India, He was Pichai’s wing-mate at IIT.
2. Growing up, Pichai shared his two bedroom apartment with his parents and a younger brother, and had no access to Television. His father, a senior Engineer in GEC, a British Telecommunications-based company, worked very hard to make the ends meet, ensuring at all times that his children had a good education. It is also reported that around the late seventies, his father waited for 3 years to get a new scooter – a blue Lambretta, that the family used to travel, other than the usual public transport.
3. Pichai received a scholarship to attend the prestigious Stanford University to complete his Master’s in Material Sciences and Engineering(from where he dropped-out, later). In order to fund his trip and stay there, his father Regunatha Pichai had applied for a loan to help with the finances, that unfortunately didn’t come through. Left with no other choice, he withdrew the family’s savings for the purpose of sending his son to California, which amounted to more than his annual salary.
4. He has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business in Pennsylvania, where he was also recognized as a Siebel Scholar and Palmer Scholar.
5. Before joining Google in 2004, Pichai worked at Applied Materials taking on a role in engineering and product management, and then at McKinsey & Company as a Management Consultant. At Google, he started working on the Search ToolBar to be put in Internet Browsers, as uptil then, Google was a recognized Search Engine, but had no Browser of its own. Pichai took it upon himself to pitch the concept of Chrome to the co-founders, which was welcomed by everyone but the then CEO, Google – Eric Schmidt. Today, Chrome holds 32 percent of the browser market on Desktops and phones, surpassing Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.
6. Pichai has since worked on other successful Google products including – GMail, Google Docs in 2011, and Android in 2013. In 2014, he was appointed as the Google Product Chief where he oversaw the building of Google+ and Google Maps. This also made him the third most powerful person at Google, and he was widely recognized as Larry Page’s (CEO, Google since 2011) right hand. Read more about it here: The 3rd most powerful person at Google is now officially an Indian. “Sundar has been saying the things I would have said (and sometimes better!) for quite some time now, and I’ve been tremendously enjoying our work together,” Page said in his recent announcement of Alphabet, “I know he deeply cares that we can continue to make big strides on our core mission to organize the world’s information.”
8. In 2014, Pichai made the news when he was offered an annual salary package of $50 Million, which was rumored to be an attempt to make him stay at Google, and not lose him to other giants in the market.
9. With the recent announcement of him taking up the position as the CEO of Google in 2015, Pichai joins the leagues of Satya Nadella, another Indian CEO of one of the most renowned companies(Microsoft) in the Silicon Valley. He is also the first non-white man in Google to be the CEO.
10. Pichai was the Captain of his school Cricket Team and continues to be an avid basketball and soccer fan. Currently, he resides in San Francisco with his wife and two children.
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