Sundar Pichai is an Indian-born business executive who currently plays the role of CEO of Google and its parent company, Alphabet Inc. This makes him one of the most influential people alive right now. He has been in the industry for more than a decade, and his wealth continues to grow every year. As of 2022, Sundar Pichai has a net worth of $600 million.
On June 10, 1972, Pichai was born in the Indian city of Madras, now called Chennai. His full name is Pichai Sundararajan. Lakshmi, his mother, worked as a stenographer, and Regunatha, his father, was employed at Brittain’s General Electric Company as an electrical engineer.
He was raised Hindu in a two-room apartment in Ashok Nagar. Pichai attended Jawahar Vidyalaya Senior Secondary School, and he graduated from Vana Vani School with a Class XII diploma.
Pichai graduated from IIT Kharagpur with a degree in metallurgical engineering. He moved to the US to further his studies. He has a master’s degree in materials science and engineering from Stanford University. Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania also awarded him with an MBA.
Pichai’s first job was as a materials engineer. Pichai joined Google in 2004 after a short time at management consulting company McKinsey & Co. His 145 IQ soon came into play.
He was a big factor in the innovations of Google Chrome, Chrome OS, and Google Drive. He and his team went on to lead the development of other Google products like Gmail and Google Maps.
In 2010, Pichai revealed Google’s open-sourcing of the VP8 video codec and the introduction of the WebM video format. He was approached by Twitter in 2011, but Google didn’t let him go. The brilliant man added Android to his list of Google products to oversee on March 13, 2013.
Promotion to CEO
After the holding company Alphabet Inc. was created, Pichai was chosen as Google’s next Chief Executive Officer on August 10, 2015, after serving as a Product Manager.
In 2014, Pichai was mentioned as a possible Microsoft CEO candidate. However, this never happened. Pichai was named CEO of Alphabet Inc. in December 2019.
Net Worth and Salary
By holding two prominent positions in his companies, he earns $280,622,016 annually. Pichai also holds over 3,000 shares of Alphabet Inc., valued at over $177,596,126. Additionally, he has sold Google shares for over $978,292,670 in the last six years. As you can see, the bulk of Pichai’s wealth has come from equity and his base salary is around $2 million per year. Sundar is currently worth $600 million and at this rate, it won’t be long until he’s a billionaire.
The CEO of Google is married to Anjali Pichai. They met and began dating at the Indian Institute of Technology. Anjali is a chemical engineer who moved to the US in the 90s. The couple now has a boy named Kavya and a daughter named Kiran, both of whom are teenagers.
Their family lives in an undisclosed location in America. In the year 2013, Sundar bought a lavish residence somewhere in the country. He also reportedly has a number of real estate holdings in India.
Apart from homes, he spends his fortune on various luxury cars he bought internationally. BMW, Range Rover, Porsche, and Mercedes Benz are among his favorite car brands.