Stellar schooling to failed IIT entrance exam: Satya Nadella's life in India before he became Microsoft CEO

Who is Satya Nadella?

Satya Nadella, the executive chairman and CEO of Microsoft, is a renowned Indian-American business executive

Nadella was born
in Hyderabad

Born in Hyderabad, India (present-day Telangana, India) in 1967, Satya Nadella grew up in the city's southern suburbs

Satya Nadella’s schooling

Nadella attended the prestigious Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet, where he developed a strong work ethic and focused on his studies

Fond memories of school

Satya Nadella's childhood was one of joy and hard work, and he has fond memories of his school days in India

Nadella is an Electrical
Engineering graduate

Satya Nadella went on to study electrical engineering at Mangalore University, where he graduated with a B.Sc. degree in 1988

Satya Nadella’s family 

His mother Prabhavati and his father Bukkapuram Nadella Yugandhar were supportive of his ambitions and encouraged him to strive for excellence in his studies

Formative time
for Nadella

Satya Nadella's childhood in India was a formative time for him, and he remembers his school days with great fondness. His experiences shaped his values and his drive to excel in his career

Inspiring teachers

Satya Nadella has recalled how his teachers inspired him and helped him develop his passion for learning

Satya Nadella failed
IIT entrance test

Nadella's educational achievements earned him a place at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, but he failed the entrance exam

Nadella went to the US
for master's degree

This setback did not deter Satya Nadella from achieving his goals. He went on to pursue his master's degree in computer science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the US

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