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Satya Narayana Nadella is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Microsoft. Under him, Microsoft has more cloud computing revenue than Google, more subscribers than Netflix, and a near-trillion-dollar market capital.
Nadella's journey at Microsoft
Before joining Microsoft, Nadella worked at Sun Microsystems, a company that sold computers, software, and information technology services. After quitting Sun Microsystems, Nadella joined Microsoft as a young engineer in 1992. In 2000, he secured his first executive role as vice president of Microsoft Central. Since then, there was no looking back for the Indian engineer. The following year, he got promoted as the corporate Vice President of Microsoft Business Solutions. By 2007 Nadella was the senior Vice President of Microsoft Online Services, which not only put him in charge of Bing but the early versions of Microsoft Office and Xbox Live as well. In 2011 he was made president of the Server and Tools Division, which oversaw the Azure cloud platform and products for companies’ data centers like Windows Server and the SQL Server database. Back then, Server and Tools Division was earning about $16.6 billion in revenue. But under Nadella's leadership, within two years, the revenue multiplied to $20.3 billion.
Satya Nadella took over the reins of Microsoft on February 4, 2014, as CEO after Steve Ballmer decided to step down. The decision to appoint Nadella was taken by Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and Ballmer. Nadella was successful in leading the firm out of its difficult times.
Under Nadella, Microsoft has held its spot as major tech competitor.
Major changes enacted by Satya Nadella as CEO
  • Releasing Microsoft Office for Apple’s iPad
  • Releasing iPhone and Android apps like Microsoft Outlook
  • Skipping Windows 9 and releasing Windows 10
  • Using Linux operating system on the Azure cloud
  • Buying Mojang (the company that created Minecraft)
  • Introducing Microsoft Surface Book, the company's first laptop
Nadella's personal life and education
Born on August 19, 1967 in Hyderabad, Nadella attended the Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet. Nadella failed in his attempt to clear the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) exam. He did, however, get into the Birla Institute of Technology (BITS) in Mesra and Manipal Institute of Technology. He chose Manipal over BITS and received a bachelor's in electrical engineering in 1988. He later studied MS in computer science at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Nadella has done MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
He is married to Anupama, the daughter of Nadella’s father’s Indian Administrative Service batchmate. They have three children. He lives in Bellevue, Washington. Nadella and his wife are part owners of Seattle Sounders FC, a Major League Soccer club. He is an avid reader of American and Indian poetry and is passionate for cricket.
What is Satya Nadella’s net worth?
Nadella’s net worth is around $320 million
Nadella: Awards and recognitions
In 2019, Nadella was named Financial Times (FT) Person of the Year, "Microsoft was at risk of technological irrelevance but the chief executive has presided over an era of stunning wealth creation". Year after year, Nadella finds his name in the Barron's World's 30 best CEO's list.
Nadella's autobiography 'Hit Refresh' explores his life and his career in Microsoft. It also elaborates on how technology will shape the future.
Satya Nadella's philanthropic initiatives
Nadella is a board member of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and a member of the board of trustees at the University of Chicago. All the proceeds from his book 'Hit Refresh' were given to Microsoft Philanthropies.