Sundar Pichai is an Indian-born business executive who currently serves as the CEO of Google and its parent company, Alphabet Inc. This makes him one of the most influential people around. He has been in the industry for over 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, her mother, worked as a stenographer and Regunatha, her 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 Secondary School and 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 United States to continue his studies. He holds a master’s degree in materials science and engineering from Stanford University. The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania also awarded him an MBA.
Pichai’s first job was as a materials engineer. Pichai joined Google in 2004 after a short stint at management consulting firm McKinsey & Co. His IQ of 145 soon came into play.
He played an important role 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 such as Gmail and Google Maps.
In 2010, Pichai revealed Google’s open source of VP8 video codec and the introduction of WebM video format. He was approached by Twitter in 2011, but Google wouldn’t let go. The brilliant man added Android to his list of Google products to watch on March 13, 2013.
Promotion to CEO
After the founding of holding company Alphabet Inc., Pichai was chosen as Google’s next CEO on August 10, 2015, after serving as chief product officer.
In 2014, Pichai was mentioned as a possible candidate for CEO of Microsoft. However, this never happened. Pichai was named CEO of Alphabet Inc. in December 2019.
Net Worth and Salary
By occupying two important positions in his companies, he earns $280,622,016 annually. Pichai also owns more than 3,000 shares of Alphabet Inc., valued at more than $177,596,126. Additionally, he has sold Google stock for more than $978,292,670 over the past six years. As you can see, most of Pichai’s wealth comes 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 before he becomes a billionaire.
Google CEO is married to Anjali Pichai. They met and started dating at the Indian Institute of Technology. Anjali is a chemical engineer who moved to the United States in the 90s. The couple now have a boy named Kavya and a daughter named Kiran, both teenagers.
Their family lives in an undisclosed location in America. In 2013, Sundar bought a lavish residence somewhere in the country. He is also said to have a number of properties in India.
Besides houses, he spends his fortune on various luxury cars he bought abroad. BMW, Range Rover, Porsche and Mercedes Benz are among his favorite car brands.