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. This is how it all started in his life:

Life Journey of 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 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 camour 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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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 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 for 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

Pichai has been married to Anjali Pichai, who was a classmate to him at IIT Kharagpur. They have two kids, a boy named Kiran and a girl named Kavya 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 executive 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 company. 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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