Salil Parekh, Suresh Narayanan, and more: What India's top CEOs studied, earn

Story by: Priya Raghuvanshi
Designed by: Pragati

To understand what it takes to become India’s highest-paid CEO, here are the educational qualifications and salaries of some of the top-earning Indian CEOs like Rajesh Gopinathan, C Vijayakumar, Salil Parekh, and more.

What it takes to become
the highest-paid CEO

Salil Parekh,
CEO & MD, Infosys

Salil Parekh, CEO of Infosys, has a Master of Engineering degree in Computer Science from Cornell University. Parekh has his engineering degree from IIT-Bombay, in Aeronautical Engineering. In 2022, Parekh's salary jumped 88% to Rs 79 crore per annum.

C Vijayakumar, CEO of HCL Tech, has a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from PSG College of Technology, Tamil Nadu. As per HCL’s annual report, he earned Rs 131.08 crore in 2022.

C Vijayakumar, CEO,
HCL Technologies

C P Gurnani, CEO & MD,
Tech Mahindra

C P Gurnani, the outgoing CEO and MD of Tech Mahindra, has a Bachelor of Engineering from NIT Rourkela, Orissa and has been working with Tech Mahindra for over 18 years. As per reports, his salary for FY22 was increased to Rs 63.4 crore.

S N Subrahmanyan, CEO and MD of L&T India, has an MBA degree from SIBM, Pune, followed by Executive Management degree from London Business School. He completed his graduation in Civil Engg from NIT Kurukshetra. He got paid Rs 61.27 crore in 2022.

S N Subrahmanyan, CEO
and MD, L&T India

The outgoing CEO and MD of HUL, Sanjiv Mehta, is a CA and has done Advanced Management Programme from Harvard Business School. He earned a total compensation of Rs 22 crore in 2022.

Sanjiv Mehta, CEO &

Rajesh Gopinathan, CEO and MD of Tata Consultancy Services, holds a PGDM from IIM, Ahmedabad. He is an engineering graduate from NIT and got Rs 25.75 crore as compensation for FY21-22.

Rajesh Gopinathan,

Suresh Narayanan, Chairman and MD of Nestle India, graduated with economics honours from SRCC, and holds a Master's degree in economics from Delhi School of Economics. He earned Rs 18.8 crore in 2021.

Suresh Narayanan,
Chairman & MD, Nestle India

The chairman and MD of ITC, Sanjiv Puri, holds an Engineering degree from IIT Kanpur and is an alumnus of Wharton School of Business, USA. The salary drawn by Puri in FY22 was Rs 12.59 crore.

Sanjiv Puri, Chairman

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