Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella sat down for an interview with ABC’s Rebecca Jarvis, revealing a slightly different side to the top man at one of the largest tech companies in the world.
He revealed that both his wife and mother had some “interesting things to say” to him after his comments last year about women asking for raises. At the time, he said that they shouldn’t ask for a raise, but rather trust in the system and rely on “good karma.” His mother, a professor of Sanskrit, had a particular lesson for him about the correct use of the word karma.
“I got absolutely schooled,” he said.
For the most part, though, the interview touched on lighter topics, like what time he wakes up in the morning (7 a.m.), his favorite childhood toy (a cricket bat) and how many emails he gets in a day (too many). When asked who he would trade places with for a week, he dived a bit deeper into his love of cricket.
“For me, it would be the cricketer I’ve always admired, even though he’s passed away. There’s this great Australian cricketer called Don Bradman who’s got this amazing cricketing history and (batting) average. He personifies excellence for me.”
Nadella also revealed his favorite dish to cook at home – Hyderabadi biryani, a rice dish packed with spices that takes a full day to cook. He hasn’t made it in a few years, but said that he hopes to do so again when he has time.