Pichai Sundararajan, known as Sundar Pichai, is an Indian-American business executive and CEO of Google, as well as Google’s holding company, Alphabet. He also serves on Alphabet’s Board of Directors.
As a boy growing up in Madurai, a city in southern India, Pichai gravitated towards technology after listening to his father describe the problems he was solving as an electrical engineer. Pichai displayed an extraordinary memory of being able to recall every number dialed during the day when the family got their first rotary phone.
After earning a degree in metallurgical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, he received a scholarship to study at Stanford University where he graduated with an M.S. in engineering and materials science in 1995.
Pichai remained in the U.S. working briefly for semiconductor maker, Applied Materials, and completing an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he was named a Sibel Scholar and Palmer Scholar in 2002. After a brief stint in management consulting at McKinsey & Co., he began his career at Google in 2004 as the head of project management and development.
The future CEO was tasked with developing the Google Toolbar—the program that made the Google search engine the default option for the most popular Web browsers including Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Mozilla’s Firefox. The toolbar’s success convinced Pichai that Google should create its own browser. After persuading its founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Pichai led the development of Google Chrome which launched in 2008 and has since become the most popular Web browser in the world with nearly 70 percent global market share.
In the following years, Pichai began to take a more active public role and continued to rise within the company, leading the product development and innovation of Google products including Google Drive, Gmail, Google Maps, the new video format—WebM, as well as the Android operating system. Pichai also played a key role in negotiating Google’s $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest Labs in 2014.
His success did not go unnoticed in the industry. Pichai was reportedly aggressively pursued by Twitter in 2011, and as a potential CEO for Microsoft in 2014. In 2015, following the creation of the overarching holding company, Alphabet Inc., Larry Page and Sergey Brin named Pichai CEO of Google. He became Alphabet’s CEO in 2019 after Page stepped down.
Pichai-led Google is currently one of America’s largest conglomerates with more than 200,000 full-time and contract employees. Pichai oversees Google’s massive online advertising business—a unit that takes up nearly a third of the $130 billion U.S. digital advertising market. Alphabet serves billions of customers around the world as an Internet provider and through their YouTube video platform and hardware division.
Pichai was named among Time's 100 Most Influential People of 2020.
What is Sundar Pichai's net worth?
The estimated net worth of Sundar Pichai is at least $499,967.04 as of August 18th, 2021. Mr. Pichai owns 4,832 shares of Alphabet stock worth more than $499,967 as of February 7th. This net worth approximation does not reflect any other investments that Mr. Pichai may own. Learn More about Sundar Pichai's net worth.
How do I contact Sundar Pichai?
Has Sundar Pichai been buying or selling shares of Alphabet?
Sundar Pichai has not been actively trading shares of Alphabet over the course of the past ninety days. Most recently, Sundar Pichai sold 3,000 shares of the business's stock in a transaction on Wednesday, February 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $2,720.83, for a transaction totalling $8,162,490.00. Learn More on Sundar Pichai's trading history.
Who are Alphabet's active insiders?
Alphabet's insider roster includes Frances Arnold (Director), Aaron Boynton (CAO), Sergey Brin (Director), Sergey Brin (Insider), James Campbell (VP), L Doerr (Director), David Drummond (SVP), John Hennessy (Director), John Hennessy (Director), Ann Mather (Director), Amie O'toole (CAO), Lawrence Page (CEO), Sundar Pichai (CEO), Ruth Porat (SVP & CFO), Prabhakar Raghavan (SVP), Philipp Schindler (SVP), Kavitark Shriram (Director), John Walker (SVP), and Kent Walker (SVP). Learn More on Alphabet's active insiders.
Are insiders buying or selling shares of Alphabet?
During the last twelve months, Alphabet insiders bought shares 6 times. They purchased a total of 1,730,877 shares worth more than $46,313,549.36. During the last twelve months, insiders at the information services provider sold shares 51 times. They sold a total of 976,612 shares worth more than $181,156,814.28. The most recent insider tranaction occured on February, 1st when CAO Amie Thuener O'toole sold 637 shares worth more than $63,617.19. Insiders at Alphabet own 13.0% of the company. Learn More about insider trades at Alphabet.
Information on this page was last updated on 2/1/2023.