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India-born CEOs are taking the U.S. by storm

Google. Microsoft. Pepsi. MasterCard. Adobe. Harmon.

What do these companies have in common? They are all run by India-born CEOs, part of a generation of talented students who left their home country and rose to the top of some of the world's largest corporations.

Sundar Pichai, Google's new CEO, is the latest to enjoy a meteoric rise. In just 11 years at Google (GOOG), he turned Chrome into the world's most popular Web browser, ran the company's Android division and most recently served as product chief.

Pichai's path to CEO mirrors that of other India-born business titans: Many are from modest backgrounds, but studied at India's best technology and management schools before completing graduate degrees in the United States.

Pichai was born to an electrical engineer and a stenographer in the southern Indian city of Chennai. The family shared a two-room apartment, leaving Sundar and his younger brother to sleep in the living room, according to a profile published last year by Bloomberg.

The family didn't get their first telephone until Sundar was 12.

But a passion for technology drove him to study engineering at the Indian Indian Institute of Technology -- one of the best schools in the country. Then, he won a scholarship to Stanford.