Ratan Tata
(Former Chairman of Tata Group)
Early Life
 Ratan Tata was born on 28 December 1937 in
Bombay, India.

 Ratan Tata’s father was Naval Tata and mother
was Sooni.

 Naval Tata was adopted by Jamsetji’s younger
childless son Ratan Tata (Grandfather’s name
was same).

• At an age of seven Ratan Tata’s
parents got separated. He was
raised by his grandmother Navajbai.

• From his childhood he was
interested in the cars.

• Ratan Tata never married. In
Bombay he would date on and off,
was even engaged once but broke it
off before the cards could be


 After his parents separated in 1944, he was brought
up by his grandmother Lady Navajbai and did his
schooling in Mumbai from Campion School.

 Later, he enrolled in Cornell University, where he
earned a B.S in architecture with structural
engineering in 1962, and has also completed the
Advanced Management Program at Harvard
Business School

Life Style
 Ratan tata is single and leads a modest lifestyle in
his bachelor apartment.
 The US-educated bachelor lives alone with his
two German shepherds.
 He sometimes likes to fly his private jet himself.
 Some people call him “The Steave jobs of India”
 When he returned to India in 1962 after turning
down a job with IBM on the advice of JRD, he
was sent to Jamshedpur to work on the shop
floor at Tata Steel.

 In 1971, he was appointed the Director of
National Radio and Electronics(Nelco).

 In 1981, JRD Tata stepped down as Tata
Industries chairman, naming Ratan as his
successor. He was heavily criticized for lacking
experience in running a company of the scale of
Tata Industries.

 In 1991, he was appointed group chairman of
the Tata group.

 Under his stewardship, Tata Tea acquired Tetley,
Tata motors acquired Jaguar Land Rover and
Tata Steel acquired Corus, which have turned
Tata from a largely India-centric company into a
global business, with 65% revenues coming
from abroad.

 In 2009, Tata launched the world’s cheapest Car
Nano. For just 1 lac rupees.

 He is widely credited for the success of the Tata
Group of companies, especially after the
liberalization of controls after the 1990s.

 Ratan Tata retired from all executive
responsibility in the Tata group on December
28th 2012 which is also his 75th birthday and he
is succeeded by Cyrus Mistry.

 Now a days Tata owns more than 100


Very Dignified
Believes in keeping promises
Loyal and believes in relationship
Questioning the unquestionable
Risk taker not Speculator
Exemplary Leadership qualities and a Motivator

International Recognition

Chairman, government of India's Investment

Member, Prime Minister's Council on Trade and

Member, National Hydrogen Energy Board .

Member, National Manufacturing
Competitiveness Council

Serving on the International Investment Council
set upby the president of the Republic of South

Serving the International Business
Advisory Council of the British government to
advise the chancellor of the exchequer

Member, International Advisory Council
of Singapore'sEconomic Development Board

Member, Asia-Pacific Advisory
Committee to the boardof directors of the New
York Stock Exchange

What makes him GREAT ?
? ?
 Visionary

“One hundred years from now, I
expect the Tatas to be much bigger
than it is now. More importantly, I hope
the Group comes to be regarded as
being the best in India.. best in the
manner in which we operate, best in
the products we deliver, and best in
our value systems and ethics. Having
said that, I hope that a hundred years
from now we will spread our wings far
beyond India.”

 Strategist

"He is a deep thinker and
extremely strategic. He is
always 2-3 steps ahead"

Alan Rosling
Executive Director,
Tata sons
 Initiator
 Change
"Ratan was the chief architect of the
Corus deal. I was worried about the
magnitude and the amount of money.
But he instilled confidence."
Ex Managing Director,
Tata Steel
"While he doesn't look it, he's
one of the toughest people
I've ever known." says

 Risk taker
“If you put a gun to my head,
you had better take the gun
away or pull the trigger,
because I'm not moving.”

 Expertise
"When you come to him for a critical
decision, he will give you a very
quick answer, his responses would be
crisp, leaving no room for
doubt….His involvement in cross-
border deals could be quite
significant. And that’s precisely what
gives the CEOs the confidence to
move ahead without doubts."

A Man of Ethics and True
Social Server

1. After the Terrorist attacked Hotel Taj 26/11,
Ratan Tata personally visited the families of all
the 80 employees who in some manner –
either through injury or getting killed – were
affected in this attack.

2. In a record time of 20 days, a new trust was
created by the Tatas for the purpose of relief of

3. All category of employees including those who
had completed even 1 day as casuals were treated
on duty during the time the hotel was closed.

4. Harvard Business School has received a gift of $50
million from Tata Companies. (The largest from an
international donor in the School's 100-year history)

5. Tata Group donated 1 day salary of all employees
for Uttarakhand Worth 75 crore Rupees.
6. Tata Group rejects Pakistan governments
multicrore offer to buy Tata Sumo Grande.

Tata Group head Ratan Tata rejected this offer
saying "There will be no business with a
country indulge in launching terror operations
against India."
Awards and Honours

The Government of India awarded Mr.RatanTata
one of its prestigious civilian award Padma
Bhushan in 2000 and Padma Vibhushan in 2008.

He was listed among the 25 most powerful
people in business named by Fortune magazine
in November 2007.

 In 2009, Tata was given an honorary knight hood,
the Knight Commander of the Order of the British
Empire (K.B.E.)

 he won the ‘ Legend in Leadership ‘ award from
Yale in 2010.

 In 2010, Ratan Tata was named one of the
'50 People Who Matter 2010' by New
Statesman Magazine.

 Ratan Tata got Lifetime Achievement Award
by Rockefeller Foundation in 2012.

Prepared by :-
Akshay Sikarwar