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The CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai and his wife, Anjali Pichai are one of the most sought-after couples in the world. The lovebirds never skip a chance to inspire people with how they lead their respective careers and marriage. Everyone is aware of Sundar Pichai’s journey to become the Chief Executive Officer at Google, but only a few know that it was Anjali, who played an important role in his journey. If it wasn’t for Anjali’s advice, Sundar wouldn’t be a part of Google.
However, before we jump into the story of how Sundar Pichai’s wife, Anjali Pichai stopped him from taking a decision that would’ve surely closed all the doors of his success at Google, there are a lot of things that everyone should know about Anjali. So without further ado, let’s get straight into the lesser-known life of Anjali Pichai!
Anjali Pichai was born on January 11, 1971, in Kota, Rajasthan. Her father's name is Olaram Haryani, while her mother’s name is unknown. However, not everyone knows that Anjali has a stepmother, Madhuri Sharma, and details about her biological mother aren’t available in the public domain. She also has a brother named Amit Haryani.
Talking about the educational background of Anjali Pichai, she completed her schooling at a school in Kota. After which, she got enrolled in the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Anjali studied Chemical Engineering at IIT, Kharagpur, and she was from the batch 1989-93.
After completing chemical engineering from IIT, Anjali Pichai got her first job at the famous IT company, Accenture. Anjali worked as a business analyst for almost three years and learnt a lot of things about the IT industry. It was an incredible experience for Anjali, which helped her understand the world of information and technology services.
Anjali Pichai spent 3 years at Accenture, and after leaving the tech giants, she joined Intuit. For the unversed, Intuit is a renowned American business software company which is regarded as one of the best companies in the world when it comes to putting money into small businesses. Anjali works as a business operation manager at Intuit.
Sundar Pichai is the CEO of Google, but not a lot of people are aware of the rare fact that there was a time when he was all set to leave Google. Yes! You read it right. There was a point in his career when Sundar was doing really well and started getting lucrative offers from Microsoft and Twitter. While Microsoft offered him the position of CEO, Twitter’s job office was also quite hard to turn down. Sundar Pichai was on the verge of choosing one of them and had decided to leave Google.
But at that very moment, it was Sundar Pichai’s wife, Anjali Pichai, who stopped her husband from doing it. Anjali made Sundar understand that better things are on his way and he shouldn’t leave Google. Despite having such smart offers from Microsoft and Twitter, Anjali convinced Sundar to believe in her foresight and stay with Google.
The doting husband trusted his wife, and as she predicted, after some years, Sundar was appointed as the CEO of Google by the latter’s parent company, Alphabet Inc. The IITian got a package of Rs. 5 crores per day.
Sundar Pichai and Anjali Pichai met for the first time when they were at IIT, Kharagpur. They were in the same class and were good friends. However, with time, they started getting closer, and once they felt something for each other, they confessed their feelings and started dating.
After completing college, Sundar Pichai went to the US while Anjali was in India, but even then, they continued their relationship. After being in a long-distance relationship for some time, they got engaged and soon took the plunge. The much-in-love couple welcomed two kids in their happy married life, a son named Kiran and a daughter named Kavya.
It’s amazing how Anjali Pichai’s intelligence about the information and technology industry stopped Sundar Pichai from leaving Google and how that one piece of advice changed the latter’s life forever. Share your thoughts about the same with us.