IIT-BHU grad Nikesh Arora is second highest-paid CEO in US 

Friday, 24 May, 2024
Nikesh Arora (Photo courtesy: Nikesharora/X)

New York: Nikesh Arora, the India-born CEO of Palo Alto Networks, has been ranked second by The Wall Street Journal in its list of highest-paid US chief executives for 2023. 

A total of 17 such executives of Indian descent have been named in the top 500 of the rankings published on May.21. 

Having studied at the Air Force Public School in Delhi during his early years, he went on to graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology, BHU in Varanasi with a B,Tech degree in electrical engineering. He holds a MS degree in Finance from Boston College and an MS in Business Administration from Northeastern University.  

Arora later drew international attention when he became the chief business officer at Google. He left Google in 2014 to head SoftBank in a compensation package that was then said to be a record for the country of Japan. 

Since 2018, Arora has been heading cybersecurity company Palo Alto Networks. Arora's total compensation at Palo Alto reportedly reached $151.43 million, primarily through earnings from stock options. 

Other notable Indian-origin people in the list include Adobe's Shantanu Narayen (11th, $44.93 million), Sanjay Malhotra of Micron Technology (63rd, $25.28 million), Ansys' Ajei Gopal (66th), Reshma Kewalramani (118th), IBM's Arvind Krishna (123rd), Badrinarayn Kothandaraman of Enphase Energy (135th), Sanjiv Lamba (143rd), Surendralal Karsanbhai (158th), Anirudh Devgun (172nd), Shankha Mitra (174th), Sumit Roy of Realty Income (268th), Satish Dhanasekaran (319th), Prahlad Singh (357th), Sundar Pichai of Alphabet (364th, $8.80 million), Udit Batra (367th), and Sundarrajan Nagarajan (389th). 

The overall WSJ list was topped by Broadcom's Hock Tan with earnings of $162 million.