Satya's hometown of Hyderabad, a city in India's Andhra Pradesh state, has been a hub for information technology and IT-enabled services since the 1990s. The area is one of many tech-forward locales in India, a country that is home to many data centers for conglomerates like Microsoft, Google, IBM, and more.
Just 1.8 percent of CEOs in the Fortune 500 are of Asian descent, and Satya is now one of them. Two other notable Indian-born chief executives are PepsiCo's Indra K. Nooyi and MasterCard's Ajay Banga.
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