Susan Diane Wojcicki is a Polish-American business executive who was the CEO of YouTube from 2014 to 2023.
The CEO of YouTube from 2014 to 2023 was Susan Diane Wojcicki, an American business entrepreneur of Polish descent.
Wojcicki has over twenty years of experience working in the IT sector. In 1998, when Google’s founders first established an office in her garage, she became involved in its founding.
In 1999, she served as Google’s first marketing manager and later served as the company’s head of both its original video service and online advertising division.
She urged that Google purchase YouTube after seeing its growth; the acquisition was authorized for $1.65 billion in 2006. In 2014, she was chosen to lead YouTube. As CEO, she resigned in 2023.
Susan Wojcicki: Profile Summary
Full Name: Susan Diane Wojcicki
Date of birth: July 5, 1968
Age: 54 years old
Place of birth: Santa Clara County, California, USA
Profession: Business manager and executive advisor
Education: Harvard University (BA), University of California, Santa Cruz (MS), University of California, Los Angeles (MBA)
Position: Former CEO of YouTube
Marital status: Married
Spouse: Dennis Troper (m.1998)
Parents: Stanley Wojcicki (Father), Esther Wojcicki (mother)
Relatives: Anne Wojcicki (sister), Janina Wójcicka Hoskins (grandmother), Franciszek Wójcicki (grandfather)
Net Worth: $765 million
Susan Wojcicki: Early Life and Education
The daughter of American writer Esther Wojcicki and Stanford University physics professor Stanley Wojcicki, Susan Diane Wojcicki was born on July 5, 1968, in Santa Clara County, California.
Her paternal ancestors were immigrants who were Russian Jews. Franciszek Wójcicki, a Polish politician who had won a seat in the Polish parliament in 1947, was her paternal grandfather.
Her paternal grandmother, Janina Wójcicka Hoskins, a Polish-American librarian at the Library of Congress, was in charge of compiling the biggest collection of Polish-language resources in the country.
She has two sisters: Anne, a businesswoman who is the co-founder and CEO of 23andMe, and Janet, a doctor of anthropology and epidemiology.
Wojcicki was George Dantzig’s neighbor when she was growing up on the Stanford campus. She contributed to the school newspaper while she was a student at Palo Alto, California’s Gunn High School.
When she was eleven years old, she started her first company selling “spice ropes” door to door. She majored in arts in college and enrolled in her first computer science course as a senior.
She received an honors degree from Harvard University in 1990 after studying history and literature there. She had initially intended to pursue a Doctorate in economics and a career in academia, but she changed her mind after discovering a passion for technology.
She also earned an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management in 1998 and an MA in economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1993.
Susan Wojcicki: Career Highlight
The co-founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, opened an office in Wojcicki’s garage in Menlo Park, California, in September 1998, the same month that Google was formed.
She contributed to the early viral marketing campaigns at Google, collaborated with Ruth Kedar on the design of the company’s iconic logo, and started the company’s first Google Doodles.
She and programmer Huican Zhu also worked together to create and introduce Google Picture Search.
Wojcicki served as the initial product manager for one of Google’s landmark advertising products, AdSense, in 2003.
For her accomplishment, she received the Google Founders’ Award. Wojcicki then attained the position of senior vice president of advertising and commerce at Google, where she was in charge of the firm’s advertising and analytical products, including AdWords, AdSense, DoubleClick, and Google Analytics.
When it first launched, YouTube was a small start-up successfully competing with Wojcicki’s Google Video business.
She suggested and ultimately oversaw the $1.65 billion acquisition of YouTube in 2006 and the $3.1 billion acquisition of DoubleClick in 2007.
When it first launched, YouTube was a small start-up successfully competing with Wojcicki’s Google Video service. She suggested and ultimately oversaw the $1.65 billion acquisition of YouTube in 2006 and the $3.1 billion acquisition of DoubleClick in 2007.
Wojcicki was appointed CEO of YouTube in February 2014.
She was referred to as “the most important person in advertising,” one of Time’s 100 most influential people in 2015, and “the most powerful woman on the Internet” in a later issue of the Time.
She joined the Salesforce board in December 2014. She is a board member of UCLA Anderson School of Management and serves on the board of Room to Read, an organization that promotes literacy and gender equality in education.
On July 20, 2018, Wojcicki announced the initiative YouTube Learning, which invests in grants and promotion to support creator content with an education-focused focus. Wojcicki has emphasized educational content as a priority for the company.
On October 22, 2018, Wojcicki claimed that Article 13 of the European Union Copyright Directive, as drafted, will hold YouTube directly accountable for copyrighted content and threaten the freedom of expression of content creators.
In a blog post on the business website, Wojcicki declared her resignation from YouTube on February 16, 2023. She stated that she will be taking on an advisory position across Google and its parent firm Alphabet while concentrating on “family, health, and personal projects.”
Susan Wojcicki: Age
Susan Wojcicki was born on July 5, 1968 and she is 54 years old at the time of writing.
Susan Wojcicki: Net Worth
As of 2022, Susan Wojcicki has an estimated net worth of $765 million.