Strategy A look inside the daily routine of Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who made $199 million last year and just cut his vacation short to deal with a leaked memo (GOOGL)

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai starts each day early and likes to walk around during meetings.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai starts the day with a cup of tea. play

Google CEO Sundar Pichai starts the day with a cup of tea.

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There was massive fallout at Google this week after a senior engineer, James Damore, released a controversial memo.

The situation snowballed from there, forcing Google CEO Sundar Pichai to cut short his family vacation.

"The past few days have been very difficult for many at the company, and we need to find a way to debate issues on which we might disagree — while doing so in line with our Code of Conduct," Pichai wrote in a companywide memo.

Pichai, who was appointed CEO in 2015 and is largely beloved by employees, made $199 million in 2016. His compensation was mostly in stock, not salary, Business Insider previously reported.

Here's a look at the daily routine of the man at the helm of Google:

He typically wakes up between 6:30 and 7 a.m.

He typically wakes up between 6:30 and 7 a.m. play

He typically wakes up between 6:30 and 7 a.m.

(Stephen Lam/Reuters)

Source: Recode



Pichai may run an internet behemoth, but he's old school about the way he consumes the news. "Believe it or not, I read a physical paper every morning," he told Recode. Pichai says he reaches for a print copy of The Wall Street Journal and checks The New York Times online.

Pichai may run an internet behemoth, but he's old school about the way he consumes the news. "Believe it or not, I read a physical paper every morning," he told Recode. Pichai says he reaches for a print copy of The Wall Street Journal and checks The New York Times online. play

Pichai may run an internet behemoth, but he's old school about the way he consumes the news. "Believe it or not, I read a physical paper every morning," he told Recode. Pichai says he reaches for a print copy of The Wall Street Journal and checks The New York Times online.

(Mark Lennihan/AP)

Source: Recode



While he's reading, Pichai usually eats an omelet for breakfast. The Chennai, India, native also keeps up what he calls his "very English" habit of drinking a cup of tea.

While he's reading, Pichai usually eats an omelet for breakfast. The Chennai, India, native also keeps up what he calls his "very English" habit of drinking a cup of tea. play

While he's reading, Pichai usually eats an omelet for breakfast. The Chennai, India, native also keeps up what he calls his "very English" habit of drinking a cup of tea.

(Shutterstock/Wiro.Klyngz)

Source: Recode



This morning routine helps Pichai kick-start his busy day. "I'm not a morning person, so I need my time with my paper and tea to wake up and kind of get going," he told Recode.

This morning routine helps Pichai kick-start his busy day. "I'm not a morning person, so I need my time with my paper and tea to wake up and kind of get going," he told Recode. play

This morning routine helps Pichai kick-start his busy day. "I'm not a morning person, so I need my time with my paper and tea to wake up and kind of get going," he told Recode.

(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Source: Recode



Next, Pichai gets dressed for the day. The CEO usually adopts a casual but put-together look that BuzzFeed's Mat Honan described as "Banana Republic dad."

Next, Pichai gets dressed for the day. The CEO usually adopts a casual but put-together look that BuzzFeed's Mat Honan described as "Banana Republic dad." play

Next, Pichai gets dressed for the day. The CEO usually adopts a casual but put-together look that BuzzFeed's Mat Honan described as "Banana Republic dad."

(Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters)

Source: BuzzFeed



Pichai isn't a flashy leader — his meteoric rise to CEO at Google has been attributed to an even temper, empathy, and thoughtfulness.

Pichai isn't a flashy leader — his meteoric rise to CEO at Google has been attributed to an even temper, empathy, and thoughtfulness. play

Pichai isn't a flashy leader — his meteoric rise to CEO at Google has been attributed to an even temper, empathy, and thoughtfulness.

(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Source: Business Insider



This has resulted in his massive popularity within the company. Pichai was rated one of the highest-rated CEOs on Glassdoor in 2017, receiving a 96% approval rating from respondents.

This has resulted in his massive popularity within the company. Pichai was rated one of the highest-rated CEOs on Glassdoor in 2017, receiving a 96% approval rating from respondents. play

This has resulted in his massive popularity within the company. Pichai was rated one of the highest-rated CEOs on Glassdoor in 2017, receiving a 96% approval rating from respondents.

(Facebook/Life at Google)

Source: Business Insider, Glassdoor



Pichai is close with Larry Page, the former Google CEO and cofounder, and he's known throughout the company as Page's "interpreter" of sorts. In 2014, one anonymous Googler told Business Insider that Pichai was "the Aaron to Larry's Moses."

Pichai is close with Larry Page, the former Google CEO and cofounder, and he's known throughout the company as Page's "interpreter" of sorts. In 2014, one anonymous Googler told Business Insider that Pichai was "the Aaron to Larry's Moses." play

Pichai is close with Larry Page, the former Google CEO and cofounder, and he's known throughout the company as Page's "interpreter" of sorts. In 2014, one anonymous Googler told Business Insider that Pichai was "the Aaron to Larry's Moses."

(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Source: Business Insider



He has also stood out for his numerical memory. As a child, Pichai noticed he had a knack for recalling phone numbers.

He has also stood out for his numerical memory. As a child, Pichai noticed he had a knack for recalling phone numbers. play

He has also stood out for his numerical memory. As a child, Pichai noticed he had a knack for recalling phone numbers.

(Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)

Source: Business Insider (1), Business Insider (2)



Pichai's leadership style is reflected in meetings. He reportedly has a habit of quietly listening to everyone on his team. Once everyone else is finished speaking, the CEO often will throw out "an idea that could work for everyone," Business Insider previously reported.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai. play

Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

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Source: Business Insider (1), Business Insider (2)



Pichai takes meetings on the go when he can. "It's not unusual for him to wander away in the middle of a meeting, only to return with the solution to whatever problem is being discussed," Inc reported.

Pichai takes meetings on the go when he can. "It's not unusual for him to wander away in the middle of a meeting, only to return with the solution to whatever problem is being discussed," Inc reported. play

Pichai takes meetings on the go when he can. "It's not unusual for him to wander away in the middle of a meeting, only to return with the solution to whatever problem is being discussed," Inc reported.

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Source: Inc



Apparently, all that walking helps Pichai think. "I love to pace, and actually to think, I have to start walking," Pichai told Recode.

Apparently, all that walking helps Pichai think. "I love to pace, and actually to think, I have to start walking," Pichai told Recode. play

Apparently, all that walking helps Pichai think. "I love to pace, and actually to think, I have to start walking," Pichai told Recode.

(Beck Diefenbach/Reuters)

Source: Recode



When he's not on the move, Pichai works in an office that's "clean to the point of being spartan," Dieter Bohn wrote for The Verge.

When he's not on the move, Pichai works in an office that's "clean to the point of being spartan," Dieter Bohn wrote for The Verge. play

When he's not on the move, Pichai works in an office that's "clean to the point of being spartan," Dieter Bohn wrote for The Verge.

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Source: The Verge



Pichai is a vegetarian, and he tries to carve out some time to exercise later in the day if he gets a chance.

Pichai is a vegetarian, and he tries to carve out some time to exercise later in the day if he gets a chance. play

Pichai is a vegetarian, and he tries to carve out some time to exercise later in the day if he gets a chance.

(Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters)

Source: Recode



He's also an avid fan of cricket — which he excelled at in high school.

He's also an avid fan of cricket — which he excelled at in high school. play

He's also an avid fan of cricket — which he excelled at in high school.

(Google)

Source: Business Insider, YouTube



At the end of the day, Pichai goes home to a "shockingly modest" Los Altos Hills house, according to BuzzFeed. He lives there with his wife and two children.

At the end of the day, Pichai goes home to a "shockingly modest" Los Altos Hills house, according to BuzzFeed. He lives there with his wife and two children. play

At the end of the day, Pichai goes home to a "shockingly modest" Los Altos Hills house, according to BuzzFeed. He lives there with his wife and two children.

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Source: BuzzFeed



The family also has a pup named Jeffree.

Source: Business Insider



Pichai strives to not take work home with him. He avoids testing Google prototypes in his house, he told Recode.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai released a memo slamming the manifesto for "advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace." play

Google CEO Sundar Pichai released a memo slamming the manifesto for "advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace."

(Adnan Abidi/Reuters)

Source: Recode



In 2015, Pichai promised to be home every night in time to put his kids to bed himself.

In 2015, Pichai promised to be home every night in time to put his kids to bed himself. play

In 2015, Pichai promised to be home every night in time to put his kids to bed himself.

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Source: BuzzFeed



Whatever the day might bring, Pichai stresses the importance of keeping things in perspective. In January, he told a group of Indian students to "loosen up" and make time for fun. "It's a long road; setbacks actually don't matter," he said, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Whatever the day might bring, Pichai stresses the importance of keeping things in perspective. In January, he told a group of Indian students to "loosen up" and make time for fun. "It's a long road; setbacks actually don't matter," he said, according to The Wall Street Journal. play

Whatever the day might bring, Pichai stresses the importance of keeping things in perspective. In January, he told a group of Indian students to "loosen up" and make time for fun. "It's a long road; setbacks actually don't matter," he said, according to The Wall Street Journal.

(Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

Source: The Wall Street Journal