Microsoft’s share price has increased by nearly 200% in five years, which was the time it took for Satya Nadella, appointed CEO in 2014, to raise the multinational to the rank of largest company in the world by market capitalisation.
Year took up current function: 2014
Turnover in 2018: $110.4bn
Growth in 2018: 15.5%
This India-born engineer joined Redmond, at the time a leading technological company, at the age of 25. At the head of the group, he embarked on a new era of diversification and launched Azure, a cloud computing platform for developers. In 2016, he bought LinkedIn for $26.2 billion. Two years later, he acquired GitHub, a software development platform with 28 million users, valued at $7.2 billion. The real revolution lies in the fact that Microsoft’s boss did not hesitate to make the Office suite available to Android and iOS users and to make its voice-assistant program compatible with Amazon’s Alexa. Building on these successes, Nadella formed strategic alliances, such as the one with AT&T, over cloud, artificial intelligence and 5G. He has also announced a partnership with the mobile phone giant, Samsung, the systems of which will now Microsoft compatible; a winning strategy since Microsoft recorded its best-ever net profit, $36.8 billion, and passed the $125 billion in sales mark last year.