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Sundar Pichai takes over as Alphabet CEO: 10 lesser-known facts about him

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From lacking resources to buy even basic things like a refrigerator to among the top 100 CEOs in the United States, Sundar Pichai has had quite a journey.

Sundar Pichai takes over as Alphabet CEO: 10 lesser-known facts about him
Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin on Tuesday announced that they are stepping down from the leadership role of Alphabet and that Sundar Pichai will replace Page as the CEO of the parent company. Pichai will continue to be the CEO of Google.
"Going forward, Sundar will be the CEO of both Google and Alphabet... There is no one that we have relied on more since Alphabet was founded, and no better person to lead Google and Alphabet into the future," read a letter that founders Page and Brin wrote to employees on Tuesday.
The Google CEO has attained global popularity with his poised demeanour, simplicity and dedication towards work. And it is this dedication that has got him where he is now.
From lacking resources to buy even basic things like a refrigerator to among the top 100 CEOs in the United States, Sundar Pichai has had quite a journey.
Here are some lesser-known facts about him:
  • Pichai's full name is Pichai Sundararajan. He was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
  • In an interview to The New York Times last year, Pichai told he lived in a “kind of modest house, shared with tenants”. He and family would sleep on the living room floor, according to him.
  • Pichai's family once lacked resources to buy even basic things like a refrigerator.
  • Pichai told The New York Times he was a voracious reader as a boy. “I had a lot of time to read. I was processing a lot."
  • Pichai was interviewed by Google on April 1, 2004. The same day the company had launched Gmail.
  • Pichai was reportedly in negotiations with Microsoft to replace Microsoft Crop CEO Steve Ballmer before Satya Nadella took over in February 2014.
  • When Pichai had almost considered Microsoft, Google reportedly negotiated to retain him for $50 million a year in stocks.
  • As reported by Bloomberg, citing his colleagues, Pichai tends to walk out of meetings, only to return with solutions to whatever problems are being discussed.
  • Like most Indians, Pichai too loves cricket. In fact, not just cricket, he is a fan of soccer too.
  • Pichai loves to play chess.
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