Sundar Pichai is an Indian-born business executive who is the CEO of Google and its parent company, Alphabet Inc. This makes him one of the most influential people in the world right as Google’s search engine is a part of our everyday lives. He has worked in the tech industry for over a decade, and his wealth continues to grow. According to Yahoo, Sundar Pichai has a net worth of $600 million.
Pichai Sundararajan was born in the Indian city of Madras, now called Chennai on June 10, 1972. His mother was a stenographer, and father worked as an electrical engineer at General Electric.
He grew up in a low-income family and lived in a two-room apartment in Ashok Nagar. Pichai attended Jawahar Higher Secondary School, and graduated from Vana Vani School with a Class XII diploma.
Pichai graduated from IIT Kharagpur with a degree in metallurgical engineering and moved to the US to further his studies. He got a master’s degree in materials science and engineering from Stanford University and received an MBA.
Pichai joined Google in 2004 after a short spell at McKinsey & Co, a management consulting firm. Sundar played a big factor in the innovations of Google Chrome, Chrome OS, and Google Drive. He also led the teams that created other Google products like Gmail and Google Maps. In 2011, Pichai was approached by Twitter but Google didn’t let him go.
Promotion to CEO
After Google set up Alphabet Inc. as their holding company, Pichai was selected to be Google’s CEO 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 as Pichai was named CEO of Alphabet Inc. in December 2019.
Net Worth and Salary
By holding two prominent positions, 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.
Sundar is married to Anjali Pichai and they met at the Indian Institute of Technology. Anjali is a chemical engineer who moved to the US in the 90s. The couple now have a boy named Kavya and a daughter called Kiran, both of whom are teenagers.
In 2013, Sundar bought a lavish mansion in Los Altos Hills and reportedly owns a number of real estate properties in India. Apart from homes, he spends his fortune on luxury cars. BMW, Range Rover, Porsche, and Mercedes Benz are among his favorite car brands.