Numerous Indian Americans came to the U.S. as students before going on to lead major U.S. tech firms. Learn more about their contributions.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai, one of numerous Indian Americans who have earned the top job at U.S. tech firms, shows children a new reading app in Mumbai, India, on March 8, 2019. (© Rajanish Kakade/AP Images)
Sundar Pichai grew up in a two-room apartment in Chennai. At 12, he received his first phone, sparking a love of technology, a passion for exchanging ideas and a gateway to a world of knowledge his parents encouraged him to explore.
He studied first at Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and then at Stanford University in the heart of America’s Silicon Valley. Pichai joined Google in 2004 and was named its chief executive officer in 2015.
Pichai now leads thousands of employees at the multibillion-dollar company. He is just one of the Indian Americans leading major U.S. technology companies whose ideas shape the world around us.
Their success comes as more students received visas last year to study at U.S. universities from India than from any other country. In September 2022, the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi announced it had already issued a record 82,000 visas to Indian students.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivers the keynote address at Build, the company’s annual conference for software developers May 6, 2019, in Seattle. (© Elaine Thompson/AP Images)
Like Pichai, these Indian students seek to study in the United States and build on the foundation they received in India before pursuing their dreams. Other Indian Americans who have risen to lead major U.S. tech companies include the following:
Jayshree Ullal, president and CEO of Arista Networks, (center), seen after the company’s stock began trading on the New York Stock Exchange on June 6, 2014. (© Brendan McDermid/Reuters)
These prominent Indian Americans exemplify the close cultural and economic ties between the United States and India. The countries’ shared interests include a commitment to democracy and promoting global security, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond through free trade and investment.
The United States remains India’s largest trading partner, with bilateral trade between the countries reaching a record $157 billion in 2021.
In December 2022, India’s ambassador to the United States Taranjit Singh Sandhu awarded Pichai the Padma Bhushan, one of India’s highest civilian honors. He called Pichai’s journey “inspirational” and said Pichai has strengthened U.S.-India economic ties while affirming India’s contributions to global innovation.
Delighted to hand over Padma Bhushan to CEO @Google & Alphabet @sundarpichai in San Francisco.
Sundar’s inspirational journey from #Madurai to Mountain View, strengthening 🇮🇳🇺🇸economic & tech. ties, reaffirms Indian talent’s contribution to global innovation pic.twitter.com/cDRL1aXiW6
— Taranjit Singh Sandhu (@SandhuTaranjitS) December 2, 2022
Pichai credits his family’s love of learning and his Indian heritage for putting him on a path to success in the United States.
“India is a part of me,” he said upon receiving the award. “I carry it with me wherever I go.”
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