Susan Wojcicki Ceo of Youtube

"At the end of the day, both men and women who become CEOs have showed tenacity and hard work to succeed in their careers. It takes not just skills but also extreme dedication and commitment. And regardless of gender, CEOs are measured by the same criteria - the growth and success of the business." - Susan Wojcicki

Susan Diane Wojcicki was born on July 5, 1968 in Santa Carla County, California to her Esther Wojcicki and Stanley Wojcicki. Her mother, Esther, was an English and Journalism Professor at Palo Alto High School of Jewish Russian descent and her father Stanely was a Physics Professor at Stanford University of Polish ancestry.

As she grew up on the Stanford campus with her family, she befriended many of the scientists and professors that were there. One of them was her neighbor George Dantzig, a Mathematical Scientist who invented the widely used algorithm known as the simplex method used for linear functions.

Susan Wojcicki graduated from Gunn High School in 1986 and went to Harvard right out of High School.

She graduated with Honors in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts in History in Literature.

She, then, went to the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1991 and graduated in 1993 with a Master of Science in Economics.

Afterwards, she went to the University of California, Los Angles Anderson School of Management in 1996 and graduated in 1998 with a Master of Business Administration in Economics.

Ralston House in 1930

Susan is married to Dennis Troper, whom she wed on May 23, 1998 at the William C. Ralston House in Belmont, California.

They have five children together, the youngest of which was born early 2015. She is the oldest of two other successful sisters: Janet and Anne Wojcicki. Janet is a medical anthropologist and an epidemiologist at the University of California, San Francisco. And Anne is the co-founder and CEO of the personal genomics company 23andMe.

Top: Esther (Mother), Susan (in Pink), and Janet. Bottom: Anne (in Bikini)

Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin were originally headquartered Google in Susan’s rented out garage space. They also rented out three of her four bedrooms in her old house in Menlo Park in 1998.

Susan charged them $1,700 a month. She and Dennis had just bought the house and were in need of the extra help with the bills. The rent allowed them access to the hot-tub and backyard.

Susan Wojcicki worked at Intel in the marketing department and at Bain & Company as a management consultant. She also worked at R.B Webber & Company before she got an opportunity to be the very first marketing manager of Google in 1999.

She was the one who originally advocated for and handled the $1.65 billion purchase of YouTube in 2006 and had a hand in developing YouTube prior to becoming CEO in 2014. She also handled the $3.1 billion purchase of DoubleClick in 2007. YouTube is now worth over $40 billion.

While at Google, Susan Wojcicki worked on the first Google doodles (a special, temporary alteration of the logo on Google's homepage that is intended to celebrate holidays, events, achievements and people) and also took part in the development of successful contributions such as Google Images and Google Books.

She is known for being (besides the CEO of YouTube) the Senior Vice-President of Google’s Adwords & AdSense(which she developed, and which became Google's second largest source of revenue), i.e.: she was responsible for Google’s advertising and analytic products. She was first hired to Google in 1999 as its first marketing manager and her first Job was redesigning Google’s logo. She ended up changing the typeface and removing an exclamation point.

Susan Wojcicki helped recruit and train Sheryl Sandberg, who is now the CEO of Facebook and the author of “Lean In.”

She was given the First place on the Adweek 50 list in 2013 and Twenty-Seventh (27th) in Vanity Fair’s New Establishment in 2015.

She was within the One Hundred (100) most influential people in 2015 and she was also described as the most Powerful Woman on the Internet.

Susan was on Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business list in 2010 at #43, 2011 at #28, 2012 at #18, 2013 at #19.

Video that Susan Wojcicki Saw that got her to want to buy YouTube.

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