Satya Nadella was born in Hyderabad, India, in a Telugu family. His father was a civil servant in the Indian Administrative Service. He did his bachelors of engineering in electronics and telecommunications from the Manipal Institute of Technology in 1987. He was always sure of pursuing his career in computer science and thus he completed his M.S. in Computer Science from University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and then his MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Nadella joined Microsoft in 1992 and since then he has been leading many major projects including the company’s move to cloud-computing and the development of one of the largest cloud infrastructures in the world. He worked as the senior vicepresident of research and development (R&D) for the online services division and vice-president of the Microsoft business division. Later, he was made the president of Microsoft’s $19-billion server and tools business and led a transformation of the company’s business and technology culture from client services to cloud infrastructure and services.
He has been credited for help in bringing Microsoft’s database, Windows server and developer tools to its Azure cloud. The revenue from cloud services grew to $20.3 billion in June 2013 from $16.6 billion when he took over in 2011. Nadella’s 2013 base salary was nearly $7,00,000 with stock bonuses of $7.6 million.
Satya Nadella married Anupama in 1992 and the couple has three children – a son and two daughters. He is an avid reader and is really passionate about cricket. Also, he is fond of poetry, both Indian as well as American.