atya Narayana Nadella was born on 19 August 1967 is an Indian American business executive. He is the current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Microsoft, succeeding Steve Ballmer in 2014. Before becoming CEO, he was Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise group, responsible for building and running the company’s computing platforms, developer tools and cloud computing services.
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Nadella was born in Hyderabad (now in the state of Telengana). His father, Bukkapuram Nadella Yugandher, was a civil servant of the Indian Administrative Service.
Nadella too attended Hyderabad Public School, and then graduated in electrical engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology. He wanted to be a professional cricket player during childhood, but his interest in science and technology was overpowering. He got through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA to pursue his MS in computer science. After graduating in 1990, Nadella joined Sun Microsystems.
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Nadella shifted to Microsoft in 1992 and attended the Booth School of Business, the University of Chicago on weekends. He used to commute from his office in Washington to his B-school in Chicago to complete his MBA. In 2014, Bill Gates rejoined Microsoft to mentor Nadella, who was named the company’s third CEO. Perhaps the game of cricket taught Nadella a lot about teamwork and leadership.
Nadella’s leadership of Microsoft included a series of high profile acquisitions of other companies, to redirect Microsoft’s focus. His first major acquisition was of Mojang, a Swedish game company best known for the popular freeform computer building game Minecraft, in late 2014, for $2.5 billion. Minecraft was notably a cross-platform game, with versions running on Apple’s iOS mobile devices, and the Sony PlayStation dedicated gaming console, as well as Microsoft’s Xbox. He followed that in 2016 by purchasing Xamarin and LinkedIn. In the years since becoming CEO, Nadella is viewed as having done well, with Microsoft stock having risen more than 60% since he took over, and achieving an all-time high.
In June 2016, it was announced Nadella would publish his first book, with a publish date planned for fall 2017. Titled ‘Hit Refresh’, the book will explore his life, Microsoft and how technology will shape the future. The profits from the book will be put towards Microsoft Philanthropies where it will go on to help nonprofits.