Satya Nadella Biography, Age, Family, Wife, Children, Book, Religion and Speech

Satya Nadella Biography

Satya Nadella born as Satya Narayana Nadella, is an American business executive of Indian descent. Satya is the Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft having succeeded Steve Ballmer in 2014. He likes to read especially American and Indian poetry and is also known for being a cricket fan.

He was Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise group before becoming the CEO. At the position, he was responsible for building and running the company’s computing platforms, developer tools and cloud computing services.

Satya Nadella Age

Nadella was born on 19 August 1967 in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. He is 51 years old as of year 2018.

Satya Nadella Family | Satya Nadella Divya Nadella

Nadella was born to Indian parents in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. His father is Bukkapuram Nadella Yugandher, a civil servant who worked for the Indian Administrative Service of the Government of India. He proudly describes his mother, Prabhavati Yugandhar, in his book Hit Refresh as a Sanskrit scholar. She taught the ancient language, literature, and philosophy of India.

Satya Nadella Qualification |Education

He went to Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet for his education and the Manipal Institute of Technology in Karnataka (a part of Mangalore University in the eighties), where he received a bachelor’s in electrical engineering in 1988. He then went to the U.S. for M.S. studies  in computer science at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and got his degree in 1990. He also received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Nadella says that he always wanted to build things and to him, electrical engineering was a great way for him to discover. In the process, he found his passion, computer science. He began work at Sun Microsystems as a technology staff before joining Microsoft in 1992.


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Satya Nadella Wife

The Microsoft boss is married to Anupama Nadella, the daughter of his father’s Indian Administrative Service batchmate, K. R. Venugopal. They have been married since 1992. Anupama was Satya’s junior at Manipal Institute of Technology pursuing a BArch in the Faculty of Architecture. They live in Bellevue, Washington and have three children, a son and two daughters.

Satya Nadella Children | Satya Nadella Kids

Nadella is a father of three: a son by the name Zain Nadella is the eldest then his two daughters: Tara Nadella and Divya Nadella. The boy and one of the girls are special needs children. Zain is quadriplegic. When he speaks of his family, Satya cannot fail to mention what it has taught him, especially empathy from his son Zain.

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Satya Nadella, his wife and their son Zain

Satya Nadella Book

  • Hit Refresh: The quest to rediscover Microsoft’s soul and imagine a better future for everyone, 2017. ISBN 9780062652508 (audiobook ISBN 9780062694805)

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Satya Nadella Achievements

As the CEO, Nadella has led Microsoft through major projects. They include moving the company to cloud computing and the development of one of the largest cloud infrastructures in the world.

He once served as the senior vice-president of Research and Development (R&D) for the Online Services Division as well as vice-president of the Microsoft Business Division. He was later made the president of Microsoft’s $19 billion Server and Tools Business. It is during this time that he led the company’s transformation in business and technology culture from client services to cloud infrastructure and services.

He has been credited for helping bring Microsoft’s database, Windows Server and developer tools to its Azure cloud. There was growth in Cloud Services revenue  to $20.3 billion in June 2013 from $16.6 billion when he took over in 2011.

His previous positions are:

  • The President of the Server & Tools Division (9 February 2011 – February 2014)
  • Senior Vice-President of Research and Development for the Online Services Division (March 2007 – February 2011)
  • The Vice-President of the Business Division
  • The Corporate Vice-President of Business Solutions and Search & Advertising Platform Group
  • The Executive Vice-President of Cloud and Enterprise group
    On 4 February 2014, he was announced as the new CEO of Microsoft, the third chief executive in the company’s history, following Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.

In October 2014, he made a statement that women should not ask for a raise but instead trust the system and this brought him controversy. He was criticized for his remarks and he apologized later on Twitter. He later sent an email to Microsoft employees admitting he was “Completely wrong”.

His tenure at Microsoft has changed the company’s direction. Majorly because he has emphasized on openness  to working with companies and technologies with which Microsoft also competes, including Apple Inc., Dropbox, Salesforce and IBM. He also proclaimed that “Microsoft ♥ Linux”, unlike preceding Microsoft campaigns against the Linux operating system. This led to Microsoft joining the Linux Foundation in 2016 as a Platinum member.

The company also revised its mission statement to “empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more”, under Nadella’s leadership. His key goal has been transforming Microsoft’s corporate culture into one that values continual learning and growth.

His stewardship has seen Microsoft acquire a series of other high-profile companies,  to redirect Microsoft’s focus. The first major acquisition was of Mojang, a Swedish game company best known for the popular freeform computer building game Minecraft, in late 2014. Mojang was acquired for $2.5 billion. The purchase was followed by purchasing Xamarin and LinkedIn in 2016, then GitHub in 2018. By September 2018, Microsoft’s stocks tripled with a 27% annual growth rate. This has led to him being viewed as having done well as the CEO.

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Satya Nadella Website

Nadella does not have a personal website but you can see more about him on Microsoft’s website.

Satya Nadella Salary 

In 2017, he had his base salary at $1,450,000. He also received $7,032,406 as a bonus, $11,434,557 worth of Microsoft stock and an extra $97,189 for miscellaneous compensation making it $20,014,152 in total.

Satya Nadella Net Worth

Nadella has an estimated net worth of $126 million.

Satya Nadella New House | Satya Nadella House

Satya’s known home is his Seattle-area house. It has more than 4,000 square feet of open space, four bedrooms and three bathrooms. He bought it in August 2000 for roughly $1.38 million. It has floor-to-ceiling windows, giving one beautiful views.

Satya Nadella Religion

One may quickly assume that he is a Hindu as he is from India. This might not be the case although he has not openly associated himself with a certain religion. He says that he disagrees with anything that would want to take one’s freedom from them. He says “We are made to be free. We should be judged by who we are and our hard work and not according to where we come from and how much money we have.”

His name ‘Satya’ is the Sanskrit word for “truth.” In Indian religions “satya” means being truthful in one’s thought, speech and action.

Satya Nadella Quotes

  • Be passionate and bold. Always keep learning. You stop doing useful things if you don’t learn.
  • Our job is to ensure Microsoft will thrive in a mobile and cloud-first world.
  • In the post-Snowden world, you need to enable others to build their own cloud and have mobility of applications. That’s both because of the physicality of computing–where the speed of light still matters–and because of geopolitics.”
  • Over the next 10 years, we’ll reach a point where nearly everything has become digitized.
  • Devices are where experiences come together. On Surface Pro, a lot of the experience is on the device, but all of the applications that run on the device have back ends in the cloud.
  • I think playing cricket taught me more about working in teams and leadership that has stayed with me throughout my career.
  • You’re trying to take something that can be described in many, many sentences and pages of prose, but you can convert it into a couple lines of poetry and you still get the essence, so it’s that compression. The best code is poetry.

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