Sundar Pichai, the head of Google, defended the company’s tax track record, and gave a rare insight into his personal tech habits.
In the first of a series of interviews with global figures by BBC media editor Amol Rajan, Pichai detailed the challenges of leading a $1.6 trillion tech giant, with annual salaries ranging from $7 million to $281 million.
Pichai was born into a middle-class family in Tamil Nadu, Southeast India. After moving to America to study, he rose in the Google ranks as a product manager for the Chrome web browser and Android mobile operating system.
Today, as CEO of both Google and parent company Alphabet, he is ultimately responsible not only for all Google products and services, but also for the companies Alphabet owns: from YouTube and Fitbit to Waze and AI pioneers DeepMind.