Satya Nadella Biography

Satya Nadella, the current Chairman & CEO of Microsoft, is an Indian American engineer who has made significant contributions to the field of technology. With a strong educational background in Electrical Engineering and a successful career at Microsoft, Nadella has become a household name in the industry. He is known for his leadership abilities and his role in pioneering cloud computing technology. Nadella’s achievements have earned him recognition and invitations to speak at various events worldwide.

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  • Indian Celebrities Born In August
  • Also Known As: Satya Narayana Nadella
  • Age: 56 Years, 56 Year Old Males
  • Family:
    • Spouse/Ex-: Anupama Nadella (m. 1992)
    • Father: Bukkapuram Nadella Yugandhar
    • Mother: Prabhavati Yugandhar
    • Children: Divya Nadella, Tara Nadella, Zain Nadella
  • Born Country: India
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  • Notable Alumni: Hyderabad Public School, Manipal Institute Of Technology, University Of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
  • Ancestry: Indian American
  • City: Hyderabad, India
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  • Education: University Of Chicago, University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Manipal Institute Of Technology, Hyderabad Public School
  • Awards: CNN-IBN Indian of the Year Global Indian

Childhood & Early Life

Satya Nadella was born on 19 August 1967, in Hyderabad, India, to Bukkapuram Nadella Yugandher and Prabhavati Yugandhar. His father was a member of Indian Administrative Service. He pursued his primary education at the ‘Hyderabad Public School’, located in the Begumpet region of the city. He then moved to the prestigious ‘Manipal Institute of Technology’, located in the Manipal town of Karnataka.

In 1988, Satya Nadella graduated from this renowned institution and was thinking of moving out of the country to pursue his higher studies. He then got admitted to the reputed ‘University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’ located in the United States to pursue his ‘Masters of Science’ (M.S) degree. He then graduated from the renowned university in 1990. His desire to excel in the corporate world also motivated Nadella to move to one of the best business schools in the world, the ‘Booth School of Business’ affiliated to the ‘University of Chicago. He received a ‘Masters of Business Administration’ (MBA) degree from this prestigious institution.


After completing his education, Satya Nadella joined the well-known firm ‘Sun Microsystems’. He worked in this company for a brief period and then moved to the Silicon-valley giant ‘Microsoft’, in 1992. Satya Nadella started climbing the corporate ladder steadily while working at ‘Microsoft’. He then went on to make important decisions in the interest of the firm. He was one of the few employees who suggested the concept of cloud computing to the firm. Eventually, the company dedicated a lot of its time and resources to the development of this technology. The result was the germination of one of the world’s largest cloud-based entities, named ‘Microsoft Azure’.

Satya Nadella was later given the responsibility to control the ‘Research & Development’ department, which belonged to the ‘Online Service Division’ and was even appointed as the senior vice-president of the same. He joined this department in 2007 and continued being a part of it for the next four years. Satya Nadella then moved to the Systems and Tools division of Microsoft and was even appointed its president. The annual turnover of Microsoft contributed by this segment of business alone is said to be around $20 Billion today. He also guided ‘Microsoft’ to move many of their other projects such as the ‘Microsoft SQL Server’ and a few other tools to ‘Azure’. After working in Microsoft for a period of twenty-two years, Satya Nadella was promoted to the designation of the CEO of ‘Microsoft’ in 2014.

Personal Life & Legacy

Satya Nadella got married to Anupama in 1992, who was the daughter of his father’s friend. The couple later became parents to three children, which included two daughters and a son. The family currently resides in Bellevue, Washington. He was widely criticized online when his remark on the hike of salaries for female employees came across as biased against women at the ‘Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing’ event. When he is not caught with his business commitments, Satya Nadella likes to unwind by reading poetry. He is also really fond of cricket and attributes the sport as one of the reasons behind his leadership abilities.

Top 10 Facts You Did Not Know About Satya Nadella

  1. Satya Nadella is a huge cricket fan and derives inspiration from the sport.
  2. He calls himself a lifelong learner and takes online classes in his spare time.
  3. The Microsoft CEO loves reading poetry in his leisure time and compares poetry with coding.
  4. As the Chairman & CEO of Microsoft, he is one of the most powerful Indian-born tech executives in the world.
  5. He didn’t have any experience of being the CEO before being selected to head Microsoft in this role.
  6. He is a huge fan of Seahawks, a professional American football team based in Seattle.
  7. When Satya Nadella took on the role of CEO of Microsoft, Bill Gates re-joined the company to become his personal mentor.
  8. He first met his wife when they were both students at Hyderabad Public School in the early 1980s.
  9. He is a fitness enthusiast and is very passionate about running.
  10. He has a sweet tooth and loves pastries.

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