Microsoft CEO’s Son Zain Nadella Has Passed Away at 26

Posted on March 1, 2022 by Laurent Giret in Microsoft with 14 Comments

Zain Nadella, the son of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has passed away yesterday at 26. According to GeekWire, Microsoft announced the sad news to the company’s executive team yesterday, and the message said that Satya Nadella’s family will take some time to grieve privately.

“I know we all want to support Satya during this difficult time,” said Kathleen Hogan, Microsoft’s Chief people officer in her message to Microsoft executives. “The best way right now is to hold him and his family in your thoughts and prayers, while allowing them the privacy and peace to process such a grave loss.”

In his 2017 book Hit Refresh, the Microsoft CEO reflected on his experience of being the father of a child born with cerebral palsy. Through his son, Nadella acquired a unique perspective on how technology needs to become more inclusive to support users with disabilities. Shortly after he became CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella announced a new mission statement for the company: “Empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.”

“Zain will be remembered for his eclectic taste in music, his bright sunny smile and the immense joy he brought to his family and all those who loved him,” wrote Jeff Sperring, CEO of Seattle Children’s Hospital, in a message distributed to Microsoft’s executive team.

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Comments (14)

14 responses to “Microsoft CEO’s Son Zain Nadella Has Passed Away at 26”

  1. George Coll

    This is very sad news. Our thoughts and prayers to the Nadella family.

  2. whistlerpro

    Very sad, RIP Zain.

  3. solomonrex

    Condolences.

  4. christianwilson

    This is terrible news. I read Hit Refresh and enjoyed learning a bit about Zain and how his life helped shape Satya's outlook on many aspects of life, including, of course, the way way he runs Microsoft.

  5. vigilant

    I don’t post here very often but this broke my heart.


    Knowing the many accessibility projects going on at Microsoft looked like a publicity stunt. Knowing this, for us working in the field, it means that Microsoft finally had a heart.


    To be clear, I have a ton of Microsoft stock, and products. This isn’t meant to troll. On this topic specifically I have no desire to engage in anything toxic.


    Mr. Nadella, my heart breaks with you.

  6. JH_Radio

    I didn't know he had a child much less that he had CP. Also didn't know he wrote a book, either.

    This is sad.

    On the other hand, what MS has done as far as accessibility is nothing short of amazing in my book!

  7. dmclaurin

    Sad, sad news. RIP Zain Nadella. May his loved ones find Peace.

  8. lwetzel

    Sympathies! Sad indeed to lose a child.

  9. crunchyfrog

    Devastating loss. Our hearts go out to Satya and his family.

  10. DXtremeBob

    My condolences to Satya and his family.

  11. brettscoast

    This is just awful news, condolences to his family and friends

  12. wright_is

    Condolences from me as well.

  13. abrarey

    Very sad news, my condolences to the family.

  14. Skandalous

    Sorry to hear this and I hope the best for Mr. Nadella and his family.