Life Story of Sundar Pichai: The Hurdles and the Success

As we are closing the decade, the man who is closing the year is "Sundar Pichai", the engineer and now the CEO of both Alphabet as well as Google LLC. Sundar Pichai is known to be an Indian one-man army in the market of business and entrepreneurship. Read this article to know about the story of Sundar Pichai.

Sundar Pichai Quick Facts

Name Sundar Pichai
Born June 10, 1972 - Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Age 47
Citizenship American
Education Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (BTech)
Stanford University (MS)
University of Pennsylvania (MBA)
Title CEO of Alphabet and Google
Board member of Alphabet Inc., Magic Leap
Net worth $600 million (as of Jan 2020)
Salary $2 million per annum (as of Jan 2020)
Wife Anjali Pichai

Sundar Pichai - Latest News

Taking a cue from the new emerging world order, video-sharing platform YouTube organized a virtual graduation ceremony on 6th June 2020 for students who won't receive their in-person farewell due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. But what left a mark on the virtual crowd was Sundar Pichai's inspirational message to the 'Class of 2020' that encouraged them to be the change.

In his speech to the outgoing students of 2020, the Google CEO said that while it can be difficult to find hope in these bleak moments, it is important to celebrate the knowledge that one has gained in these difficult times. "You will prevail", he stressed.

Here's what Sundar Pichai said:

  • I don't think this is the graduation ceremony any of you imagined. At a time when you should be celebrating all the knowledge you've gained, you may be grieving what you've lost: the moves you planned, the jobs you earned, and the experiences you were looking forward to. In bleak moments like these, it can be difficult to find hope.
  • Be open, be impatient, be hopeful. If you can do that, history will remember the Class of 2020 not for what you lost, but for what you changed. You have the chance to change everything. I am optimistic you will.
  • I grew up without much access to technology, we didn't get our first telephone till I was ten, I didn't have regular access to a computer till I came to America for graduate school, on the television, when we finally got one, only had one channel. By contrast, you grew up with computers of all shapes and sizes.
  • There are probably things about technology that frustrate you and make you impatient. Don't lose that impatience. It will create the next technology revolution and enable you to build things my generation could never dream of.
  • You will make the world better in your way, even if you don't know exactly how. The important thing is to be open-minded so you can find what you love. So take the time to find the thing that excites you more than anything else in the world. Not the thing your parents want you to do. Or the thing that all your friends are doing. Or that society expects of you.
  • My father spent the equivalent of a year's salary on my plane ticket to the US so I could attend Stanford. It was my first time on a plane.
  • America was expensive. A phone call back home was more than $2 a minute, and a backpack cost the same as my dad's monthly salary in India.
  • The only thing that got me from here to there—other than luck—was a deep passion for technology and an open mind.
  • Take the time to find the thing which excites you more than anything else in the world, not the things your parents want you to do, or the thing all your friends are doing, or the society expects of you.

And in attendance was a stellar crowd comprising former US President Barack Obama, former First Lady Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Korean pop group BTS, Lady Gaga, Malala Yousafzai, among others.

Sundar Pichai - Childhood & Adult Life

Young Sundar Pichai
Young Sundar Pichai

Pichai was born on June 10, 1972, in Madurai, a city of Tamil Nadu, India. His father was an electrical engineer and his mother was a stenographer.

He completed his schooling in Jawahar Vidyalaya, a CBSE school in Chennai, and did his 12th grade from Vana Vani school which is situated in the clamor of IIT, Madras. Later, he earned his degree from IIT, Kharagpur, Kolkata in metallurgical engineering.

For further education, Pichai went to Stanford University for his Masters in Material Science and Engineering. He went to Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania for his MBA. In, Wharton, he was named as the Siebel Scholar and a Palmer Scholar.


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Sundar Pichai - Journey of becoming the CEO of Google

Sundar Pichai after becoming Google CEO
Sundar Pichai after becoming Google CEO

Sundar Pichai started working as the engineering and product manager at Applied Materials and later joined McKinsey & Company to work as a management consultant. Sundar Pichai joined Google in 2004. He was given the position of product manager and to provide innovative efforts for Google's Client software products including Google Chrome and Chrome OS. Google Drive is also the brainchild of Sundar Pichai.

Chromebook was released for trial and testing in 2011 after Pichai gave a demonstration of Chrome OS in 2009. It was released to the public in 2012. After, 13 March 2013, Pichai added Android to the list of Google products that he oversees, which was formerly managed by Andy Rubin.

Sundar Pichai was selected as the CEO of Google on 10 August 2015, after previously being appointed as the Product Manager by Larry Page.

On Dec 3, 2019, he was appointed as the new CEO of Alphabet Inc., which is the parent company of Google, after the Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin took down their position from the company.

Sundar Pichai as a Family Man

Sundar Pichai with wife Anjali Pichai
Sundar Pichai with wife Anjali Pichai

Sundar Pichai has been married to Anjali Pichai, who was a classmate to him at IIT Kharagpur. They have two kids, a boy named Kiran Pichai and a girl named Kavya Pichai and they are currently living in Los Altos hills.

The Pichai is known for maintaining a low-profile when it comes to their family life.

Sundar Pichai as the CEO

Sundar Pichai is the one who introduced the toolbar, which led to an increase in user searches. It was later merged with Chrome, which became the most used web browser in the world. Pichai has also worked on many other Google products like Google Gear and Google pack. He serves as Board Member of Advisors at Ruba Inc and also headed Jiva Software from 2011 to 2013.

Currently, Sundar Pichai has an estimated net worth of around $600 million and he was also one of the highest-paid executives in the world for a few years.

Pichai has achieved a great amount of success. From being born and raised in a modest family in India to becoming the CEO of one of the biggest tech companies. He once said in an interview:

"There was a simplicity to my life, which was very nice compared with today's world. We lived in a kind of modest house, shared with tenants. We would sleep on the living room floor. There was a drought when I was growing up, and we had anxiety. Even now, I can never sleep without a bottle of water beside my bed. Other houses had refrigerators, and then we finally got one. It was a big deal."

It shows the rise of Sundar Pichai as the most popular CEO of the two largest companies in the world, GOOGLE, and ALPHABET Inc. It is a complete example of the quote "Dreams do come true if one chose to believe in it and follow it".


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