Sundar Pichai is a computer engineer and the current CEO of the tech-giant Google Inc. Pichai had joined Google years ago in 2004 as a product manager and led the innovative efforts for several of Google’s products including Google Chrome and Chrome OS which went on to become highly successful. Eventually, he took over the management of other Google products like Gmail and Google Docs, and rose through the ranks rapidly.
Sundar Pichai was a bright student and did his B.Tech in Metallurgical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur. He won a scholarship to study materials science and semiconductor physics from Stanford University from where he eventually earned his M.S. He went on to complete his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (2002), where he was named Palmer Scholar.
He joined google in 2004 and worked on Google’s search toolbar. The success of Google's toolbar gave Pichai the idea that Google should launch it's own browser. He discussed his idea with his seniors and faced an objection from the then-CEO Eric Schmidt but convinced the co-founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, to launch Google’s own browser. Pichai played a pivotal role in the ultimate launch of the browser, Google Chrome, in 2008. Chrome proved to be a great success. Pichai became an internationally known figure following the phenomenal success of the Chrome which eventually became the No. 1 browser in the world.
In 2008, Sundar Pichai was promoted to Vice President of product development and continued rising up the ranks in Google. By 2012, he had become the Senior Vice President of Chrome and apps. In 2013, Larry Page made Pichai incharge of Android as well. On 10 August 2015, Sundar Pichai was named the new CEO of Google.
In February 2016, he was awarded 2,73,328 shares of Google's holding company Alphabet, which led to a rise in his net worth. These shares were worth $199 million, and this took his holdings up to $650 million. Sundar Pichai has an estimated net worth of $1.2 Billion.
SOME FACTS ABOUT SUNDAR PICHAI
He is very good at remembering numbers and could remember every telephone number he dialed when he was young.
He was also one of the top contenders for the post of CEO at Microsoft.
It is rumoured that Twitter tried to poach Sundar Pichai, a few year back, while he was working at Google, but Google paid him an exorbitantly higher pay to retain him.
He was named a Seibel Scholar in Stanford University.