India's Most 'Searched' Tech Personalities In 2015

by CXOtoday News Desk    Dec 23, 2015


Sundar Pichai, the India-born CEO of global Internet giant Google, who has just visited India and won thousands of hearts, turns out to have been the most searched person on the internet in India this year. According to Google’s year-end zeitgeist 2015, which gives a snapshot of the year’s major events and hottest trends, Pichai was the most searched business personality in India.

Pichai, who took over at the helm of Google in August this year as a successor to co-founder Larry Page was born in Chennai, and is also an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur), from where he received his bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering before moving to the US to pursue an MS and then an MBA. 

Notably, the top four spots of most-searched business personalities in India were tech titans. Even four years after his death, Steve Jobs, the legendary founder of tech giant Apple Inc. remain a key ’searchable’ personality by Indians through 2015.

Among the top-searched business personalities list, based on Google searches conducted in India, Jobs ranked second, followed by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates.

Close on the heels of Gates is Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of social networking platform, Facebook. Zuckerberg was one of the few Silicon Valley tech CEOs apart from Google’s Pichai and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Indians also looked for other business personalities including Mukesh Ambani, Donald Trump and Dhirubhai Ambani on Google. 

With the boom in the e-commerce segment, Google has also come out with a list of top-searched e-commerce companies in India this year. In 2015, home-grown online marketplace Flipkart was the top-searched e-commerce site on Google followed by domestic competitor Snapdeal. Amazon India came in the third position. E-wallet company Paytm was fourth, followed by OLX, Bookmyshow, Quickr, Myntra and travel portal Makemytrip.

Finally, the most searchable products were smartphones, in which Apple iPhone 6S topped the chart, followed by Lenovo K3 Note and Lenovo A7000 as well as Moto G. Occupying the next positions were Micromax Canvas Silver 5 and Samsung Galaxy J7 for Indian customers.