Sundar Pichai was born in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India in 1972 and lived there until the early 1990s, when he migrated to the United States to complete his master’s degree at Stanford University. Sundar, whose real name is Pichai Sundararajan, was born to educated parents who took pride in ensuring that he and his brother received a quality education. His father, an electrical engineer, and his mother, a trained stenographer, both encouraged him to pursue advanced tertiary education. His parents were pivotal in the academic successes that awarded him with a graduate scholarship to Stanford.
After the completion of his master’s in electrical engineering and material science, Pichai went on to receive an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. With two graduate degrees under his belt by the age of 30, and having been placed on Scholars’ lists at both institutions, Pichai was able to secure a job with Google in 2004. He was hired on as the head of product management and development and maintained that position until his promotion in 2008 to vice president of product development.
Eleven years after joining the company, Sundar was chosen as the next Chief Executive Officer of Google Inc. His company takeover saw him replacing Larry Page, who was the standing CEO and a Google co-founder. In several interviews since his appointment as CEO, Sundar Pichai has spoken freely about his surprise at being selected to run one of the world’s most successful businesses. Pichai often speaks about his childhood with fondness but is honest about the level of poverty his family lived in, despite his parents’ own academic achievements. Growing up, Pichai never owned a computer and was in his teens before his family was able to purchase a landline telephone.
Sundar Pichai’s list of achievements is vast and impressive. Before his appointment as CEO, Pichai spearheaded the development and release of many of Google’s most famous products, such as Google Chrome, Google Maps, Google Drive, and Gmail. Sundar was also instrumental in the creation of the Google ChromeOS and the Chromebook, which was launched in 2009. Sundar Pichai came to the United States with the desire to build his own version of the American dream, a task that he completed through years of hard work and commitment.