There must be a reason why CEO of World’s Greatest Companies is either Indian or of Indian origin.

According to research from St. Gallen University in Switzerland, Indian executives are inclined toward participative management and building meaningful relationships with subordinates. “The leadership style traditionally employed in India fostered an emotional bond between superiors and subordinates,”

According to US Census Bureau, Indians stand out as the richest as well as most educated ethnic group in the country.

Perhaps most importantly, the Indian managers get to the top because they persevere. Most of those I mentioned had the patience to rise through the ranks at their companies, learning their business thoroughly from every angle. Nooyi joined Pepsi in 1994, Jain took his first job at Deutsche Bank a year later, Menezes has been with Diageo since 1997, Narayen was hired by Adobe in 1998, and Nadella’s appointment crowns a 22-year career with Microsoft.

There is nothing specifically Indian about empathy, humility, patience and an ability to dream. Yet it is these qualities that appear to have created the “Indian club” of overachievers in global business.

1. Sundar Pichai – Google

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Pichai Sundararajan, better known as Sundar Pichai, is a technology executive and current CEO of Google Inc, under the holding company of Alphabet Inc. He joined Google in 2004 and has headed various projects including Chrome and Jive.

Earnings: ~ 50 million dollars

2- Satya Nadella – Microsoft

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He worked with Sun Microsystems as a member of its technology staff before Microsoft in 1992. He then worked under various roles before he was appointed as the CEO.

Earnings: ~ 84 million dollars

3- Indra Nooyi – PepsiCo

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Nooyi held product manager positions at Johnson & Johnson and textile firm Mettur Beardsell. She then joined the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and later on held strategy positions at Motorola and Asea Brown Boveri. She was named the president and the CFO after 7 years in the firm and became the CEO in the year 2011.

Nooyi says: “You need to look at the employee and say, ‘I value you as a person. I know that you have a life beyond PepsiCo, and I’m going to respect you for your entire life, not just treat you as employee number 4,567.'”

Earnings: ~ 18.6 million dollars

4- Shantanu Narayen – Adobe Systems

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He started off with a career at Apple and then moved on to serving as the director of desktop and collaboration products for Silicon Graphics. He then co-founded Pictra Inc., a company that pioneered the concept of digital photo sharing over the Internet. He also serves on Management Advisory Board of the current President of the States.

Earnings: ~ 17.8 million dollars

5- Nikesh Arora – SoftBank

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It is the largest telecom companies in Japan and also one the leading investors in major startups in India. Before joining the giant, Nikesh worked with Google as a Chief Business Officer. He is known to the third highest paid executive in the world.

Earnings: ~ 132 million dollars

6-Sanjay Jha – Global Foundries

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Global Foundries is the world’s first full-service semiconductor foundry with a truly global manufacturing and technology footprint. Before taking up the top job at Global Foundries, he served as the CEO of Motorola mobility and later on for Qualcomm.

Earnings: ~ 8.6 million dollars

7. Ajit Jain – Berkshire Hathaway Insurance

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One of the favourites of Warren Buffett, Ajit Jain is currently the President of the leading insurance group and is also shortlisted as one of the two successors for the position of the CEO. He previously worked with Mckinsey & Co.

Earnings: ~ 10 million dollars

8. Dinesh Paliwal – Harman Industries

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A leader in the market of premium audio and infotainment systems for the automotive, consumer and professional businesses. He worked at the ABB Group as President Global Markets and Technology, before he moved to Harman group.

Earnings: ~ 10.6 million dollars

9. Ajay Banga – MasterCard

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He is the current president and CEO of one of the leading financial services company. Recently, President Barack Obama appointed Banga to serve as a Member of the President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. He is also the chairman of the United States – India Business Council (USIBC), a member of a board of directors of the Dow Chemical Company, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the member of International Business Council of the World Economic Forum.

Earnings: ~ 12.4 million dollars

10. Rakesh Kapoor – Reckitt Benckiser

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A UK listed MNC which deals in consumer goods and is a producer of health, hygiene and home products. He literally worked his way up the ladder in the company and worked in different roles including Regional Sales Manager, General Manager, and Regional Marketing Director.

Earnings: ~ 17 million dollars

Source – Bloomberg.com

Source- BBC News

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10 thoughts on “There must be a reason why CEO of World’s Greatest Companies is either Indian or of Indian origin.

    1. And why do they get promoted, why do they climb the ladder, most of them were born in lower-middle class families and becoming a Billionaire from Zero demands respect and attention

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    1. I agree. It begins with families, we still do not encourage our children to make decisions themselves for the careers. There are a million Artists and Sportsperson dying every day in India by becoming Doctors and Engineers.

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