How to Become a C.E.O.

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Satya Nadella visits his former school in India. (Photo: Microsoft)

Season 7, Episode 28

Mark Zuckerberg’s dentist dad was an early adopter of digital x-rays. Jack Welch blew the roof off a factory. Carol Bartz was a Wisconsin farm girl who got into computers. No two C.E.O.’s have the same origin story — so we tell them all! How the leaders of Facebook, G.E., Yahoo!, PepsiCo, Microsoft, Virgin, the Carlyle Group, Reddit, and Bridgewater Associates made it to the top. (Part of a special series, “The Secret Life of C.E.O.’s.”)

To find out more, check out the podcasts from which this hour was drawn: “How to Become a C.E.O.” and “‘I Wasn’t Stupid Enough to Say This Could Be Done Overnight.’

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