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How Satya Nadella Achieved a Net Worth of $350 Million

Chances are good that people who pay attention to business news will be familiar with Satya Nadella. After all, he is the executive chairman as well as the CEO of Microsoft, which might not be as important now as it was in the late 20th century but nonetheless remains a corporation of note. Due to this, it is no exaggeration to say that Nadella is one of the most important businesspeople in the entire world.

What Is Satya Nadella's Net Worth?

As such, it should come as no surprise to learn that Nadella has a high net worth. The exact numbers are unclear for obvious reasons. However, Celebrity Net Worth estimates that Nadella has a net worth of $350 million, which isn't the highest estimate that can be found out there.

How Did Satya Nadella Build His Net Worth?

Nadella was born in Hyderabad, which would be the capital of the Indian state of Telangana. His mother was a Sanskirt lecturer while his father was a member of the Indian Administrative Service. In time, Nadella went to the Manipal Institute of Technology, which is notable for having been one of the first self-financed colleges in India. There, he studied electrical engineering. After which, Nadella went to the United States to study computer science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Quite some time later, he went for a MBA from the University of Chicago as well. In any case, Nadella spent some time working at Sun Microsystems. However, it wasn't very long. For context, Nadella graduated with his master's degree in computer science in 1990, spent some time working at Sun Microsystems, and then signed up with Microsoft in 1992. There, he proceeded to rise through the ranks, meaning that he is very much an example of a CEO who was promoted from within rather than sought for from without. Naturally, Nadella is known to have been involved in a wide range of major projects at Microsoft. To name an example, he was the one who handled the corporation's move to cloud computing, which was an extremely important task. In part, this was because large-scale changes are always costly, meaning that good leadership is critical for ensuring good implementation as much as possible. However, it should also be mentioned that pretty much everyone recognized that cloud computing was going to be big business, meaning that there was a lot of revenue up for grabs. Something that was particularly important because pretty much everyone went for that revenue at around the same time.

Similarly, Nadella has been responsible for three acquisititons since becoming the CEO of Microsoft. First, 2014 saw the acquisition of Mojang, which is a video game company that is best-known for Minecraft. Something that might not sound very impressive until one realizes that said video game is the single best-selling video game ever released by a margin of tens of millions of units. Second, 2016 saw the acquisition of LinkedIn, which is one of the more notable social media websites that can be found out there. It isn't capable of competing with either Facebook or Twitter, but it has managed to carve out a clear niche for itself in which it faces no serious challengers. Third, 2018 saw the acquisition of GitHub, which might be the least known of the three but is nonetheless notable in its own right. This is because it is the single most popular host for source code, thus making it an invaluable resource for a wide range of open-source projects from a wide range of people. Regardless, the important point is that Nadella has overseen a number of acquisitions, each of which would have been a major project in its own right. After all, businesses aren't exactly groceries, meaning that interested parties can't expect to just buy them. Never mind buy them at fixed prices. For that matter, integrating acquisitions into existing companies is infamous for being challenging, not least because handling it isn't very far from being the same as handling it well.

Thanks to these as well as other things, Nadella is said to have played a major role in raising Microsoft's stock prices, as shown by how it hit a new record high in the mid 2010s by surpassing the old record of the dot-com bubble. It seems safe to say that this has played a major role in Nadella's own fortunes. After all, while CEOs do tend to receive some cash compensation, it is very common for them to receive most of their compensation in the form of equity. Something that makes a lot of intuitive sense. In short, CEOs have a lot of power over corporations. Due to that, it is important to make sure that a CEO's interests are aligned with the corporation's interests. Otherwise, well, suffice to say that a CEO can do a great deal of damage to a corporation's long-term prospects by focusing on either short-term benefits or even worse. Equity is beneficial in this regard because it ensures that the CEO will want to increase the stock price, which isn't perfect but is nonetheless better than providing them with the same amount of compensation whatever their performance might be. Nadella is like a lot of other CEOs in that much of his compensation has come from equity rather than cash. In turn, this means that his success at increasing Microsoft's stock price has presumably done a great deal to increase his own net worth.

Further Considerations

Summed up, the source of Nadella's wealth is pretty obvious. He is the head of Microsoft, which is one of the biggest tech companies in the entire world. Most of Nadella's compensation has come in the form of equity, but it is important to note that even his base pay is measured in the millions. It seems reasonable to say that Nadella's net worth will continue increasing in the times to come, particularly since he is in his mid 50s, meaning that he isn't very old by CEO standards.

Allen Lee

Written by Allen Lee

Allen Lee is a Toronto-based freelance writer who studied business in school but has since turned to other pursuits. He spends more time than is perhaps wise with his eyes fixed on a screen either reading history books, keeping up with international news, or playing the latest releases on the Steam platform, which serve as the subject matter for much of his writing output. Currently, Lee is practicing the smidgen of Chinese that he picked up while visiting the Chinese mainland in hopes of someday being able to read certain historical texts in their original language.

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