In 2004, Pichai joined Google as its vice president of product management, where he led the team working on Google’s Chrome browser and operating system.
Pichai interviewed at the Googleplex on April Fools’ Day in 2004 — the same day the company launched Gmail. Everyone, Pichai included, initially thought that the free email service was one of Google’s infamous pranks. He started working on Google’s search toolbar.
Pichai quickly began to receive more responsibility, however, taking on involvement with various Google search products including Firefox, Google Toolbar, Desktop Search, Gadgets, and Google Gears and Gadgets.
After maintaining friendship during his studies at IIT Kharagpur, he married Anjali Pichai, who studied B.Tech (Chemical Engineering) at the same college. She was born in Kota, Rajasthan. She played a vital role in the dramatic rise of Sundar Pichai.
He was born as Pichai Sundararajan on July 12, 1972, in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. His father, Regunatha Pichai, worked as an electrical engineer for the British conglomerate GEC and managed a factory that made electrical components. His mother used to be a stenographer before having children. He has one brother.
Pichai grew up in a middle-class home and was a bright student. He excelled academically at his school, Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan, and earned a seat in the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, one of the most prestigious engineering institutions in India.
Pichai lived an average Indian life for most of his young days, with his father owning a two-room…