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Satya Nadella, the Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, since the year 2014, is considered to have been the driving force behind the computer giant, steering it away from its failing mobile strategy. Here are some really interesting facts about the American business executive:

  1.  He became the third person to hold office as the CEO of Microsoft on February 4, 2014, in the company's nearly 40- year history, following Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.
  2.  A few months following his take over, he announced the largest layoff in Microsoft’s history of over 18,000 positions, a majority of which was Nokia.
  3.  He, along with Greg Shaw and Jill Tracie Nichols co-wrote "Hit Refresh: The quest to rediscover Microsoft's soul and imagine a better future for everyone," in the year 2017, which was about his life and his thoughts on technology and leading.
  4.  Nadella announced that all the profits from his book "Hit Refresh," would go to Microsoft Philanthropies, through which it will reach other nonprofit organizations.
  5.  He had been ranked at #40 in the 2018 Forbes list of "Powerful People," and has been constantly listed among the most influential people in the world since 2015.
  6.  He was named as the best CEO of a large company in the United States, by Comparably in December 2018, citing anonymous Nadella employee reviews.
  7.  His tenure as CEO has been viewed as a well done period for Microsoft, with the stock price of the company having tripled by September 2018, with an annual growth rate of around 27 percent.
  8.  Before becoming the CEO, he is known to have led major projects at Microsoft including the company's move to cloud computing and the development of one of the largest cloud infrastructures in the world.
  9.  As the CEO of the company, he oversaw a number of major acquisitions of Microsoft, including the purchase of Mojang, Xamarin, LinkedIn and the company’s most recent bagging of GitHub.
  10.  According to Nadella, computing is far beyond the PC, and he even stated in his first email as CEP to the Microsoft employees, that "This is a software-powered world.”
  11.  Satya Narayana Nadella was born on August 19, 1967, in Hyderabad (now in the state of Telegana), India, to Bukkapuram Nadella Yugandher and Prabhavati Yugandhar.
  12.  His father was a civil servant who worked for the Indian Administrative Service of the Government of India, while his mother was a Sanskrit scholar.
  13.  His family is said to be originally from the Bukkapuram village in Rayalaseema, which comprises four southern districts namely, Anantapur, Chittoor, Kadapa and Kurnool.
  14.  He went to the Hyderabad Public School in Begumpet, before graduating from Manipal Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in the year 1988.
  15.  During his time at the Hyderabad Public School, he was in the school cricket team, and claims that playing the sport has had an impact on his life, teaching me about working in teams and leadership that helps throughout his career.
  16.  Even as kid, he is known to have always wanting to build things and his choice of study - electrical engineering "was a great way to go discover, what turned out to become a passion," for him.
  17.  He attended M.S. in computer science at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, earning his degree in the 1990. He also did his MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
  18.  According to him, if a person is not learning any new things, he or she would stop doing great and useful things. His curiosity and thirst for learning has him sign up for more and more online courses, with the latest being a course in neuroscience.
  19.  When he took over as the CEO, the company's co-founder Bill Gates rejoined the company and reportedly became his personal mentor, following his resignation from the role as Chairman of the company.
  20.  Nadella's appointment as CEO of Microsoft makes him the most powerful Indian-born tech executive in the world, as stated by the Reuters.
  21.  He is a very big fan of poetry, known for reading American and Indian Poetry. He also reportedly compared the literary art to coding and claims poetry to be the best code ever.
  22.  He is known to have led to the transformation of Windows Live Search into what is today the most popular Bing, which is currently the informational backbone to a wide range of Microsoft services.
  23.  He initially started his career with Sun Microsystems, now a part of the Oracle Corporation, as a member of its technology staff, before joining Microsoft in the year 1992.
  24.  He first joined Microsoft as a Windows NT Evangelist, and went on to take other key roles, before becoming the senior vice-president of Research and Development (R&D) for the Online Services Division, simultaneously serving as the vice-president of the Microsoft Business Division.
  25.  He has reportedly led the developments of various successful Microsoft products including the Office 365, SkyDrive, Xbox Live along with other Microsoft cloud-centric applications.
  26.  In the year 1992, soon after joining Microsoft, he married Anupama, his childhood sweetheart, whom he has known since his time in the Hyderabad Public School.
  27.  He was her senior in the Manipal Institute of Technology, as she was pursuing a B Arch in the Faculty of Architecture. Anupama is also the daughter of his father's Indian Administrative Service batch-mate.
  28.  He proposed to Anupama in the Lodhi Gardens, Delhi, India, and took her on a first date to a restaurant on Pandera Road. After his marriage, he reportedly denounced his PR for H1 VISA so that his wife can travel with him to USA.
  29.  The couple have three children - a son - Zain Nadella, and two daughters - Tara Nadella and Divya Nadella. The family currently resides in Clyde Hill, Bellevue, Washington.
  30.  With Nadella as the CEO, Microsoft revised its mission statement from the Gate's version of "a PC on every desk and in every home, running Microsoft software" to "empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more."
  31.  Satya Nadella Net Worth: $180 Million

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