An inspiring leader but a lifelong learner


His relentless thirst for knowledge and desire to learn new things helped him reach new heights during his two-decade professional career. His love for cricket helped him develop leadership and teamwork skills, which he retained throughout his career. His journey from computer engineer to CEO of the world’s third most valuable company is an inspiration to all aspiring and aspiring business leaders today. On the occasion of its 55th anniversary, we bring some interesting but lesser known facts about Satya Narayana NadellaChairman and CEO of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT).

Date of Birth: August 19, 1967

Net value : ~$320 million

  1. Satya Nadella’s Parents: Satya Nadella was born in Hyderabad, India. His mother, Prabhavati, was a Sanskrit teacher and his father, Bukkapuram Nadella Yugandhar, was a former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1962 group and a former member of the Planning Commission.
  2. by Satya Nadella education: In 1988, Nadella received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics and Communication from Manipal Institute of Technology, Karnataka. Nadella moved to the United States to continue her education. In 1990, he earned his master’s degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Later in 1997, he earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business while continuing to work full-time at Microsoft.
  3. Satya Nadella’s favorite sport has always been cricket, which also serves as her inspiration. One of the incidents happened while Nadella was playing cricket at Hyderabad Public School as a bowler. The school captain saw Nadella take some seriously unimpressive shots, but soon the captain took control of the next game of bowling, helped the team to a much-needed breakthrough, and then returned the ball to Nadella in the following. “What made him do this?” Is this what they call leadership? Satya Nadella asked himself these questions. It taught him more about teamwork and leadership which he carried with him throughout his career.
  4. Nadella’s first job was at Sun Microsystems as a technical staff member, where he worked for almost 2 years. In 1992, Satya Nadella joined Microsoft as an engineer.
  5. Satya Nadella’s Career Chart at Microsoft has steadily increased. In 1999, he landed his first management position as Vice President of Microsoft bCentral Business Web Services. Two years later, in 2001, he was promoted to vice president of Microsoft Business Solutions Group. In 2007, Nadella was promoted to senior vice president of research and development for Microsoft’s online services division. From 2008 to 2009, he was Senior Vice President, Research, Portal and Advertising. Between 2011 and 2013, he served as President of Microsoft Server and Tools Business.
  6. Nadella also helped bring some of Microsoft’s best-known technologies, including its database, Windows server, and developer tools, to the Azure cloud. Under his leadership, the company’s revenue from cloud services grew from $16.6 billion in 2012 to $20.3 billion in 2013. Today, Microsoft’s cloud computing platform surpasses Google in terms of income.
  7. On February 4, 2014, Satya Nadella became CEO of Microsoft. He was, in fact, the third CEO in Microsoft’s 40-year history, after co-founders Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.
  8. Microsoft has enjoyed unprecedented success under the leadership of Satya Nadella. In June 2021, Microsoft secured its place in history by touching the market capitalization of $2 trillion.
  9. As CEO of Microsoft, he was constantly hungry for knowledge and eager to learn new things. In his first email to Microsoft employees, he described himself as a “lifelong learner”. His collection of books is enormous. He admitted in one of his interviews: “I buy more books than I can finish. I enroll in more online courses than I can take.”
  10. A few months after Nadella took over as CEO, Bill Gates in one of the interviews said he was happy with Nadella’s work and his newfound sense of energy. He also told Office to improve it by introducing long-promised features like “Delve” which helps the user filter all data stored across multiple Microsoft products to find what they need and he finds Nadella heading towards that. Finally, in September 2014, Microsoft rolled out the new “Delve” feature.
  11. Satya Nadella Awards and Recognition: In 2018, Satya Nadella was ranked 40 on the Forbes list of the most powerful people in the world. In 2019, Forbes ranked him 6th on its list of America’s Most Innovative Leaders. In the same year, he received the titles of Financial Times Person of the Year and Fortune magazine Businessperson of the Year. In 2020, Nadella was honored with the Global Indian Affairs Icon during CNBC-TV18’s 15th India Business Leader Awards (IBLA) in Mumbai. In 2022, Nadella was awarded Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian honor in India by the Government of India.
  12. Satya Nadella Family: In 1992, Satya Narayana Nadella married Anupama. Their love blossomed on the campus of Manipal University, where Anupama, then a junior, was pursuing a bachelor’s degree in architecture. Interestingly, the coincidences don’t end there as Nadella and Anupama’s father worked for PV Narasimha Rao when he was Prime Minister of India.

“You renew yourself every day. Sometimes you succeed, sometimes you don’t, but it’s the average that counts.

The above words of a lifelong learner describe him and his undying passion for learning. With incredible businesses under his arm and a true inspirational leader for his team and lots to give to the community, it was a small effort to honor his birthday.

Disclaimer: The article is part of B’day Series where we very frequently celebrate the birthday of renowned personalities from all industries. The series includes entrepreneurs, C-level executives, innovators or renewed leaders who have moved the industry with their exponential skills and vision. The intention is to highlight the person’s accomplishments and touch the little known, but interesting, part of their life. You can see the list of all famous tech personalities including Mark Zuckerberg, Marissa Mayer, Sean Parker, Andy Rubin and Julian Assangeby following this link or by subscribing to your daily newsletter.

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