5 Facts About Google CEO Sundar Pichai that Ought to Inspire You

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While every Indian is ecstatic at the thought of Sundar Pichai becoming the newly appointed CEO of Google, how much do we really know about the whizkid who made it to the top ranks of the $66-billion revenue, $16-billion profit, company?

Here are a few things we should know about the Indian who made it to the top, for the sake of making our morning a little inspiring.


1. He was born in Chennai and did his schooling in PSBB Jawahar Vidyalay. He belonged to a modest family where his dad managed a warehouse that made electric components. It is from there that Pichai developed an inclination towards technology and went on to pursue an undergraduate degree in metallurgical engineering from IIT Kharagpur.

Pichai parents

Source: Pichai with his parents in 1997

2. Pichai also has an MS degree from Stanford University and an MBA from the prestigious Wharton School of Business (where he was awarded the Siebel scholar and the Palmer scholar). So he was always at the top of his class and continues to be so, even to this day. He’s only 43, after all.

sundar pichai

3. While work politics play a huge role in most offices, and ego clashes occur on a regular basis, the reason that Pichai stood out so much is due to his simplicity and his ability to create brilliant teams. Caesar Sengupta, a Vice President at Google who worked with Pichai for eight years said, “I would challenge you to find anyone at Google who doesn’t like Sundar or who thinks Sundar is a jerk.” How many of us can find one person like that at our respective workplaces?

sundar pichai

4. Pichai made a breakthrough in Google after he was given the opportunity to handle Toolbar. Although he joined in 2004, he created a lot of revenue for the company as the toolbar was a huge success and made Google come up with its own Browser in 2008.

Sundar Pichai

5. Lastly, Pichai almost left Google in 2011 to become the Product Head at Twitter. However, his work and reputation had reached such heights that Google offered him a whooping 50 million dollars to stay back in the company. Naturally, he declined Twitter’s offer and look where he is today!

Source:   Sundar Pichai with his wife,  Anjali Pichai

Sundar Pichai with his wife, Anjali Pichai

Pichai is a family man with a wife and two children and enjoys playing chess in his free time. He isn’t known to be a workaholic and is popular for his impeccable work ethics. While we as Indians, feel extremely proud of his accomplishment, let’s be inspired by his success. Don’t you think?

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  • Veeraboina Chandra Mohan

    Super man sundarm pachi

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  • patilshivani161

    igyaan facts you didn’t know about Sundar Pichai

  • Rajesh Sayyad

    Again….Indian Think Tank… On Worlds economy…. Great… Sundrji…

  • Divyarjun Rautela

    Yaar its a cult for google from sundars entry which distinguishes it from other firms basically its a social work

  • Sarvagya Pandey

    Equalising devlopment was a nice idea though

  • Divyarjun Rautela

    Sundar was going for twitter product design head but then Larry lured him as he was asset behind Google’s new “equilising development for all” thing and android one is iitain’s product too

  • Sarvagya Pandey

    Thats why the ceo is from india
    hahaha dont rip away his sucess that soon

  • Divyarjun Rautela

    Alphabet still has high hopes from google
    PS: I do make that mistake much often

  • Sarvagya Pandey

    He replaced andy as the android head and also saved chrome from a major hacking problem so he was rewarded early during that time. Today he deserved what he really deserves. CHEERS m/ , P.S.- pichai sundararajan is a great man :P

  • Karan Gupta

    Akhil Gupta

  • Divyarjun Rautela

    Pichai was a great man because he worked in background with android after ice cream sandwich .also pichai was the one behind chrome success but success was taken by Andy and others I think Larry had faith in him and yes he is rewarded

  • Cell Reviewz

    Indians everywhere !!! Microsoft now Google :P

  • yemanedilyet

    aswineagle sundarpichai All the best and congrats!!!

  • Kalpesh Wani

    problems in the article i guess – ‘he was always at the top of his class and continues to be so, even to this day’

  • Sachin Balan

    He is well Educated & Smart for the post of CEO in Google. Congrats Sir. :)

  • Brenden Anthony Das

    Good read. He is human after all huh

  • Sanyam Arora

    Database error!!

  • Parminder Singh

    Yeah afterrrol he Indian but I hate India

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    I am having a problem to open your website Sir !!!

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