Susan Wojcicki, the business executive who served as the CEO of YouTube for nine years, announced her departure from the company on February 17, 2023. Under her leadership, the video-sharing platform achieved new heights and generated huge revenue.
Wojcicki, who started her work at Google in 1999 as a marketing manager, revealed that she wants to focus on her family and health after 25 years in the industry. Over the years, the 54 old year old executive was able to accumulate a generous amount of wealth for herself. Here is everything we know about her net worth and earnings.
Susan Wojcicki Net Worth
Susan Wojcicki has a net worth of a whopping $765 million at the time of her stepping down from the position of YouTube CEO. Her earnings were at an all-time high in 2021, when her net worth was estimated to be $815 million.
Wojcicki joined YouTube as its CEO in 2014. At the time, her wealth was around $300 million. It increased significantly in subsequent years, reaching $350 million in 2016, $410 million in 2017, $480 million in 2018, $490 million in 2019, and $580 million in 2020.
Wojcicki comes from an academic background, as both her parents were professors. She studied history and literature at Harvard University and graduated in 1990. In 1993, she earned an MS degree in economics at the University of California and later an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management in 1998.
Wojcicki Started Working at Google in 1999
After her MBA, Wojcicki began her career in marketing at the Intel Corporation in Santa Clara in 1998. The same year, she lent her garage to Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page to set up their office. In 1999, she joined the firm as a marketing manager. She later worked as a product manager on Google’s AdSense.
The executive was later promoted to senior vice president of advertising and commerce, where she oversaw AdWords, Google Analytics, and DoubleClick. In 2006, she suggested Google’s purchase of YouTube and handled the takeover worth $1.65 billion.
Career as YouTube CEO
Wojcicki was appointed as the CEO of YouTube in February 2016. Under her leadership, the platform reached two billion monthly logged-in users. It also clocked over one billion hours of viewership a day. Over the years, YouTube strengthened its policies to remove videos featuring hate speech and spreading violence.
She also headed the development of new services like YouTube Premium, the platform’s subscription service; YouTube TV, the OTT television service; and Shorts, the byte-sized clips. In 2018, she started working on YouTube Learning, the initiative to invest in education-focused creator content.
In February 2023, she announced that she would be stepping down from her position of CEO but would continue to mentor the members and meet the creators. Wojcicki has been replaced by Neal Mohan, who was earlier the Chief Product Officer at YouTube.
Announcing her decision, Wojcicki said, “Today, after nearly 25 years here, I’ve decided to step back from my role as the head of YouTube and start a new chapter focused on my family, health, and personal projects I’m passionate about. The time is right for me, and I feel able to do this because we have an incredible leadership team in place at YouTube.”
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