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These Indian Leaders Are Heading Up The World's Biggest Companies

Jason Lasardo
These Indian Leaders Are Heading Up The World's Biggest CompaniesSatya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

While Indians have made their mark in entrepreneurship, many have also worked their way up to top jobs. Today, some of the world’s top performing companies are led by those with Indian roots. We take a look at some of the most influential global CEOs of Indian origin.

Satya Nadella
CEO Microsoft
Became CEO: 2014
Salary 2018: $18 million

Satya Nadella has engineered a turnaround in Microsoft’s fortunes by focusing on cloud computing and showing an openness to working with competitor companies and technologies.

Sundar Pichai
CEO Google
Became CEO: 2015
Salary 2018: $650,000

Prior to becoming the CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai headed the Android division at the company. Hailing from the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Pichai is a vegetarian.

Ajay Banga
CEO Mastercard
Became CEO: 2010
Salary 2018: $18 million

Son of a lieutenant general in the Indian Army, Ajay Banga is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Management. He was
the COO of Mastercard, before being elevated to the position of CEO.

Shantanu Narayen
CEO, Adobe Inc
Became CEO: 2007
Salary 2018: $28 million

After starting his career at Apple, Shantanu Narayen later went on to become a co-founder of Pictra Inc., which pioneered the concept of digital photo sharing online.

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