From working on the Google toolbar, to the very successful Chrome browser, IIT-Kharagpur graduate Pichai became a clear number-two to the then CEO Larry Page last year and was made the CEO of a re-organised Google today.

While at Google, he also refused a job offer from Twitter, the popular social media platform which is flooded with posts to congratulate him. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated him.
Known to be a shy person, Pichai was very selective in saying 'thanks', and those to whom he replied included Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, another Indian-origin person who has hit it big in US, and Apple CEO Tim Cook.
"I remember him being very focused and studious in school. He left after class X to join another school," said P Subramaniam, who was one year senior to Pichai at Vana Vani Matriculation School in Chennai.

Born and raised in Chennai, Pichai studied till Class X at Vana Vani Matriculation School located in IIT campus here. Later he completed Class XII from Jawahar Vidyalaya at Ashok Nagar area of the city.

Pichai did B Tech from IIT-Kharagpur, after which his teachers suggested him to go for a PhD. He, however, decided to pursue MS from Stanford University, and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania.

He joined Google in 2004 as its vice president of product management, where he led the team working on Chrome browser and operating system. Before joining Google, he also worked at McKinsey and Applied Materials.

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