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From Sundar Pichai to Neal Mohan: Salaries of top Indian-origin CEOs

A decade ago, only a handful of Indian-origin leaders were at the helm of major American companies. Recognizable figures included Indra Nooyi of PepsiCo, Sundar Pichai from Google, and Satya Nadella of Microsoft. However, over the years, there has been a significant shift, with more companies entrusting Indian-origin talent to lead their operations. From Sundar Pichai to Satya Nadella, let’s delve into the earnings of some of the top Indian-origin CEOs.

Top Indian-origin CEOs and their salaries

Sundar Pichai | Current Status: CEO of Google and Alphabet

Sundar Pichai began his journey with Google in 2004, focusing initially on the development of the Google Toolbar. His significant contributions led to his appointment as Senior Vice President of Chrome and Apps in 2012, where he supervised Chrome, Chrome OS, and Google Drive. By 2013, Pichai had advanced to the role of Senior Vice President of Android

Salary: Alphabet, the parent company of Google, reported that its CEO, Sundar Pichai, received a total compensation package of approximately $226 million (Rs 1,846 crore) in 2022. His net worth is estimated to be around $1.66 billion.

Satya Nadella | Current Status: CEO of Microsoft

Satya Nadella joined Microsoft in 1992, taking on several significant roles within the company. Before becoming CEO, he led the Cloud and Enterprise division, playing a pivotal role in the development of Microsoft Azure.

Salary: In 2022, Nadella earned a salary of $55 million (approximately Rs 454 crore), according to Bloomberg. A proxy statement filed with the Securities Exchange Commission in 2023 reported his total annual compensation at $48.5 million, slightly less than his previous year’s earnings.

Jay Chaudhry | Current Status: CEO of Zscaler

Jay Chaudhry's journey from a small village in Himachal Pradesh to becoming the CEO of Zscaler is inspiring. He pursued education at IIT BHU and later earned engineering and MBA degrees from the University of Cincinnati. Driven by entrepreneurial spirit, Chaudhry founded multiple companies before establishing Zscaler.

Salary: According to WION, Jay Chaudhry earned approximately $41.35 million (approximately Rs 341 crore) in 2022.

Shantanu Narayen | Current Status: CEO of Adobe Systems

Shantanu Narayen joined Adobe in 1998 as Vice President and General Manager of the engineering technology group. Before Adobe, he gained experience at Apple and Silicon Graphics.

: As reported by TOI, Narayen's salary in 2022 was $31 million (roughly Rs 256 crore).

Arvind Krishna | Current Status: CEO of IBM

Arvind Krishna joined IBM in 1990, holding numerous technical and executive positions. He was instrumental in shaping IBM's cloud and cognitive computing initiatives.

Salary: According to Financial Express, Krishna’s salary in 2022 amounted to $10.4 million (approximately Rs 85 crore).

Anirudh Devgan | Current Status: CEO of Cadence Design Systems

Anirudh Devgan joined Cadence in 2012 and held several leadership positions before becoming CEO in 2021. Prior to Cadence, he held executive roles at Magma Design Automation and IBM.

Salary: According to Hindustan Times, Devgan's salary in 2021 was $32 million (approximately Rs 264 crore).

Neal Mohan | Current Status: CEO of YouTube

Before leading YouTube, Neal Mohan served as Vice President of Display and Video Advertising Products at Google. He completed his education at Stanford University, graduating with a degree in electrical engineering.

Salary: As reported by DNA, Mohan’s monthly salary is around Rs 3.1 crore.

Nikesh Arora | Current Status: CEO of Palo Alto Networks

Nikesh Arora's career includes significant roles at Fidelity Investments, T-Mobile, and Google, where he served as Chief Marketing Officer and later Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer.

Salary: According to 5paisa.com, Arora earned $10.4 million (approximately Rs 82.7 crore) in 2022. He became the highest-paid executive at Google in 2012 with a $51 million package.

Sanjay Mehrotra | Current Status: CEO of Micron Technology

Sanjay Mehrotra, born in Kanpur, co-founded SanDisk and served as its president and CEO until its acquisition by Western Digital in 2016. He has over 40 years of experience in the semiconductor memory industry.

Salary: Mehrotra's salary in 2021 was around $25.3 million (Rs 206 crore), as reported by WION.

Laxman Narasimhan | Current Status: CEO of Starbucks

Laxman Narasimhan assumed the role of CEO at Starbucks in 2022. Before this, he was associated with Reckitt Benckiser.

Salary: According to Financial Express, Narasimhan will receive an annual salary of $1.3 million, along with a signing bonus of approximately $1.6 million. His estimated net worth is around $23 million as of 2023.

Vivek Sankaran | Current Status: CEO of Albertsons

Vivek Sankaran joined Albertsons as President and CEO in 2019, after a notable career at PepsiCo. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from IIT Chennai.

Salary: Sankaran receives an annual salary of $8.6 million from Albertsons.

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