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*N R Narayana Murthy (born 20 August 1946), commonly referred to
as Narayana Murthy, is an Indian IT industrialist and the co-founder
of Infosys, a multinational corporation providing business consulting,
technology, engineering, and outsourcing services. Murthy
studied electrical engineering at the National Institute of
Engineering, University of Mysore, and MTech at the Indian Institute of
Technology Kanpur. Before starting Infosys, Murthy worked with Indian
Institute of Management Ahmedabad as chief systems programmer and
Patni Computer Systems in Pune (Maharashtra). He started Infosys in
1981 and served as its CEO from 1981 to 2002 and as chairman from 2002
to 2011. In 2011, he stepped down from the board and became chairman
Emeritus. On 1 June 2013, Murthy was appointed as Additional Director
and Executive Chairman of the board for a period of five years.
* Murthy has been listed among the 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time
by Fortune magazine. He has been described as Father of Indian IT
sector by Time magazine due to his contribution to outsourcing in India.
Murthy has also been honoured with the Padma Vibhushan[ and Padma
Shri awards.
* So while at Patni, he again felt the urge to get back to entrepreneurship. He
strongly felt that he was meant for it and that this was the right time too, he
was very passionate about creating good quality software, but the problem
was that he didn’t have the money.

How did it all happen?

* But his wife could see his pain and the fact that he wanted to do something
with his life, but he had no money. Hence, she decided to help him out.
* Shegave him a sabbatical of three years and asked him not to worry of the
house, she will take care of all the financial needs. She also gave him ₹10,000
that she had saved for the off days.
* Having that sorted, on a morning of January 1981, he met six of his software
engineer friends in his apartment to discuss on how they could create a
company to write software codes.
* Soon after that he also decided to leave his job at Patni and began working
on his new project.
* And after six months of aggressive preparations, Infosys was registered on
2nd of July, 1981. It then used to be known as Infosys Consultants Private
Limited. The company was cofounded by Narayan Murthy, Nandan Nilekani, N.
S. Raghavan, S. Gopalakrishnan, S. D. Shibulal, K. Dinesh and Ashok Arora.
* Since those early days, he dreamt of pursuing engineering from the Indian institute
of technology. In the first attempt itself, he appeared for the test and cleared with
great marks.
* Later, he began working for Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad) as Chief
Systems Programmer and his tasks included working on India’s first time-sharing
computer system. He also designed and implemented a BASIC interpreter for
Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL).
* Now around the early 70’s, he went on to start his first entrepreneurial venture –
Softronics, a software consulting firm. This was also the time when he was dating
his wife Sudha and intended to get married to her. Her father had a condition that
he must be settled with a decent job if they wanted their blessings, but Narayana
was very adamant about his free will.
* After about a year and a half the company sadly tanked and they were forced to
shut it down. Due to this event, he was left with no other option but to take up a
job, hence, he joined Patni Computer Systems in Pune as a General Manager.
* Since, he now had a job which satisfied his to-be father-in-law, before joining the
company he made sure to get married to Sudha. This was also because he was going
to the US for training and wanted to complete the marriage before that.
* And with the arrival of the lady luck of his life, within a short period, he began
walking on the paths of success!
Awards & Achievements

He was honored with the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest

civilian award, for his distinguished contribution to industry in 2000.
In 2008, the Government of India bestowed upon him the Padma
Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award of India, for his
exceptional services to Informational Technology in India.

In 2013, he became the first recipient of the Sayaji Ratna

Award (SRA Award) which was established to mark the 151st birth
anniversary of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III, the erstwhile ruler of

Dhirubhai Ambani, (Dhirajlal Hirachand Ambani), Indian
industrialist (born Dec. 28, 1932, Chorwad, Gujarat, India—died
July 6, 2002, Mumbai [Bombay], India), was the founder of
Reliance Industries, a petrochemicals, communications, power,
and textiles conglomerate and the only privately owned Indian
company in the Fortune 500. Ambani, the third of five children
born to a village schoolteacher, migrated to the British colony of
Aden at age 17 to join his brother. He started his career as a
clerk at A. Besse & Co., which in the 1950s was the largest
transcontinental trading firm east of Suez. In 1958 he returned to
Bombay. He became a commodities and textiles trader and set up
the first Reliance textile mill in 1966, earning the sobriquet“the
Prince of Polyester.” He gradually shaped Reliance into a
petrochemicals megalith, despite a stodgy economy and crippling
government regulations and bureaucracy.
The story of Reliance Industries (RIL) is almost folklore in
India. It was founded in the late 1950s by the late Dhirubhai
Ambani, a former petrol-pump attendant, who even in the
1960s lived in a one-room chawl in Mumbai with his wife
and children.

The group’s interests now include the manufacture of

synthetic fibres, textiles and petrochemical products, oil
and gas exploration, petroleum refining, besides
telecommunications, media, retail and financial services.
Dhirubhai showed he had that street smarts and a nose for
profit early. While working in Aden, he spotted that local
coins had a face value less than the value of the silver from
which they were made. So he bought every coin he could,
melted them down and pocketed the difference. “I don't
believe in not taking opportunities,” he said, according

In 1957, Dhirubhai arrived in Mumbai after

spending 8 years in Aden (Yemen), he had only Rs
500 in his pocket. Now Rs 500 wasn't a pricely sum
even back then but it had value and it allowed
Dhirubhai to take his first steps in the world of
By 1958, when he started his first small trading
venture, his family used to reside in a one room
apartment at Jaihind Estate in Bhuleshwar. After
trading in a range of products, primarily spices and
fabrics, for eight years, Dhirubhai managed to
become the owner of a small spinning mill at
Naroda, near Ahmedabad. This was a turning point
“If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to build theirs”. Such
was the thought of a person with fiery instinct who laid the foundation of
India’s biggest private sector conglomerate – Reliance Industries. Who would
have imagined that a man operating out of 350 sq.ft room, could ever hold his
annual general meetings in football stadiums. From being a one man show,
Dhirubhai made Reliance Industries a family of 85,000 people and contribute a
major amount to Central Government tax revenue.

It was Dhirubhai’s strong business acumen, never-say-die attitude and risk

taking ability that he has been one among the select Forbes billionaires and has
also figured in the Sunday Times list of top 50 businessmen in Asia.

His life has often been referred to as a true “rags to riches” story.

Dhirubhai belonged to a very poor family. He was a very bright student and
wanted to complete his graduation. But his dream to pursue the studies melted
down when he had to go to Aden, Yemen to make a living for his family.
Dhirubhai started working as a clerk with A.Besse & Co., the biggest trading
firm of the region.
Awards / Achievements for Mr Dhirubhai H.
Title Date
The Economic Times - Lifetime Achievement Award 10.08.2001
TNS-Mode Survey - India's Most Admired CEO 26.07.1999
Chemtech Foundation - Man of the Century Award 08.11.2000
FICCI - Indian Entrepreneur of the 20th Century Award 24.03.2000
Asia Week - Dhirubhai among Asia's 50 most powerful
peopleThe Excerpt from Asia Week 1998The Excerpt from
Asia Week 2000
The Times of India - Dhirubhai Ambani voted "Creator of
Wealth" of the Century
Business Baron - Dhirubhai Ambani voted "Indian 06.12.199931.10.199
Businessman of the Century"The complete cover story 9
Dhirubhai Ambani in Asia Week Hall of FameThe cover story 16.10.1998
Wharton's Dean Medal for Dhirubhai Ambani 15.06.1998
Business Week - Dhirubhai Ambani one of "The Stars of
Asia"The complete cover story
Business India - Dhirubhai Ambani, Businessman of the Year

Birthday: December 28, 1937
Nationality: Indian
Famous: Hoteliers Telecommunication
Also Known As: Ratan Naval Tata
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Age: 80 Years
Born in: Surat
Famous as: Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons
Height: 1.78 m
father: Naval Tata
mother: Sooni Tata
siblings: Noel Tata
religion: Zoroastrianism
Founder/Co-Founder: Tata DoCoMo, Tata Teleservices
Net worth: $1 Billion as of Jan 15, 2017
• He was born on December 28, 1937 in Surat, India, to
Naval Tata and Sonoo. Naval Tata was the adopted son
of the Jamsetji Tata’s younger son Ratanji Tata.
Jamsetji Tata was the founder of the Tata Group of
Companies. Ratan Tata has a brother, Jimmy, and a
step-brother, Noel Tata.
• When he was ten, his parents, got separated and
thereafter, he and his brother were brought up by his
grandmother, Navajbai Tata.
• He received his early education from the Campion
School, Mumbai and finished his schooling from the
Cathedral and John Connon School, Mumbai. In 1962,
he obtained his B.S. in architecture with structural
engineering from Cornell University, U.S.A.
• Later he got enrolled at the Harvard Business School
Ratan Tata is one of the leading Indian industrialists, ex- Chairman of the
largest Indian conglomerate, Tata Group of Companies. He currently holds the
post of Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons, the holding company of the Tata
Group which controls some of the major companies including Tata Steel, Tata
Motors, Tata Power, Tata Consultancy Services, Indian Hotels and Tata
Teleservices. Brought up by his grandmother from the age of ten when his
parents separated, he became actively involved in the family business after
completing his graduation. He started as a fellow worker on the shop floor at
Tata Steel and gained an insight about his family business. After the
retirement of J.R.D. Tata, he became the new Chairman of the Tata Group.
Under his leadership, the organization achieved new heights and generated
large amount of overseas revenues. He was instrumental in the acquisition of
Tetley, Jaguar Land Rover and Corus, which turned Tata from a major India-
Centric company to a global brand name. Apart from expanding his
multinational, he has also served in various capacities in organizations in
India and abroad. He is also a leading philanthropist and more than half of his
share in the group is invested in charitable trusts. Through his pioneering
ideas and positive outlook, he continues to serve as a guiding force for his
conglomerate even after retirement.
• He's packing his bags -- again. December 2012, when he turns 75, is the third
scheduled retirement for Ratan Tata.
• The Tata Group has been at this inflection point twice earlier, and stepped back
both times. In 2002, when Tata was to retire at 65, the Tata Sons board promptly
redesignated him non-executive chairman, which meant he could continue for
another five years.
• Three years later, the board upped the retirement age of non-executive directors to
75. The message is clear: Ratan Tata is indispensable.
• And it's not just the board that feels that way. There were loud cries of support
from shareholders at the Tata Steel AGM in August, held soon after the
announcement that Tata Sons had created a panel to find Tata's successor.
• "We can't lose our ratan (jewel)," said one shareholder, while others asked him to
stay on as chairman emeritus.
• Whether or not he acknowledges it openly, Tata must be feeling vindicated by this
public recognition of his worth. When he took over as Tata Group chairman on March
25, 1991, critics were loud and unrestrained in their disapproval and scepticism.
• Ratan Tata was considered to have gained his position purely on the strength of his
surname; he was incompetent, raged opponents both within and outside Bombay
House, and he didn't possess an iota of the charisma of his uncle and predecessor,
JRD Tata.
• Nearly 20 years later, Ratan Tata has achieved almost everything on his 1991
agenda. At Rs 3.46 lakh crore (Rs 3.46 trillion), Tata Group revenue is 40 times the
Awards & Achievements
In 2000, he was conferred the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian
honor awarded by the Government of India.
In 2004, he received the ‘Medal of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay’ from the
Government of Uruguay.
In 2005, he was conferred the ‘International Distinguished Achievement
Award’ by the B'nai B'rith International.
In 2007, he was conferred the Honorary Fellowship of The London School of
Economics and Political Science.
In 2008, he was awarded the ‘Padma Vibhusan’, the second highest civilian
honor awarded by the Government of India.
In 2009, he received the ‘Award of 'Grand Officer' of the Order of Merit of the
Italian Republic’ from the Government of Italy.
In 2009, he was awarded the title of Honorary Knight Commander of the
Order of the British Empire, United Kingdom.
In 2010, he won the ‘Oslo Business for Peace Award’ presented by the
Business for Peace Foundation.
In 2014, he was conferred the ‘Honorary Knight Grand Cross of The Order of
the British Empire’.
Ratan Tata is a visionary and no one would have any doubts about it if they
glance through his stint in Tata. He is a futuristic leader who looked ahead with
a powerful vision. In 1983, thirty years ago, he authored a document that was
unofficially called the Tata Plan when the company was under the leadership of
JRD Tata.

The group got Ratan Tata to draw up a blueprint for the future. At that time he
recommended that the group should seek substantial growth in international
operations. He also suggested restructuring the group to address the global
opportunity better. Another example of his futuristic vision is Nano. “What
drove me — a man on a two-wheeler with a child standing in front, his wife
sitting behind, add to that the wet roads — was a family in potential danger,”
said Ratan Tata, while explaining why he went for the Nano.

Visionary leaders are the builders of a new possibility that never existed
before, working with imagination, insight, and boldness. They present a
challenge that calls forth the best in people and brings them together around a
shared sense of purpose. They operate from a positive intent and alignment
with a higher purpose. They are social innovators and change agents, seeing
the big picture and thinking strategically. Both globalisation of Tata and

Azim Premji
Birthday: July 24, 1945
Nationality: Indian
Famous: Philanthropists IT & Software
Also Known As: Azim Hashim Premji
Sun Sign: Leo
Age: 72 Years
Born in: Karachi
Famous as: Business Tycoon
Spouse/Ex-: Yasmeen Premji
father: M.H. Hasham Premji
children: Rishad Premji, Tariq Premji
religion: Islam, Shia Islam, Isma'ilism
Founder/Co-Founder: Azim Premji Foundation,
Mission10X, Azim Premji University
Net worth: $16.2 billion as of Jan 15, 2017
 Azim Premji was born on July 24, 1945, in Bombay (now Mumbai),
India, into a Nizari Ismaili Shia Muslim family. His father Mohamed
Hashem Premji was a prominent businessman who founded the
Western Indian Vegetable Products Ltd., a company dealing in
vegetable products and refined oils. One of its most famous
products was “Vanaspati”, a hydrogenated shortening.
 In 1947 British India was partitioned into India and Pakistan, and
Jinnah invited the senior Premji to come to Pakistan. However
the family, in spite of being a Muslim one, chose to stay back in
 After completing his schooling, Azim Premji went to the US to
study engineering from Stanford University. However, his father
died unexpectedly shortly before his graduation in 1966 and he
had to return home to take control of the business. He would
Azim Hashim Premji is an Indian business tycoon who is the chairman of Wipro
Limited, a multinational IT Consulting and System Integration services company
which is currently one of the largest IT services company in the world. Premji, who
took over the company as its chairman almost half a century ago, led Wipro
through decades of expansion and diversification to make it one of India's largest
publicly traded companies. Originally founded as a vegetable products and refined
oil company by Premji’s father, the company entered the computer business in the
1970s under the leadership of Premji. Soon the company carved a niche for itself
in the software market and became one of the global leaders in the software
industry. Born as the son of a successful businessman, Azim Premji had a privileged
childhood. After completing his schooling he went to the Stanford University to
study engineering. However, the untimely death of his father back home meant
that he had to return and take over the control of his father’s business. Over the
years he gained recognition not just as a successful businessman, but also earned
much respect for the high ethical standards maintained in his company and for his
Premji was pursuing Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, USA
when he took over the reins of his family business in 1966. Initially he was
written off to carry the herculean task and was publicly advised to sell his
shareholding and give it into more mature hands. This propelled Premji to
make Wipro a success story. And the rest is history.
Wipro initially dealt in hydrogenated cooking fats but later forayed into
bakery fats, ethnic ingredient based toiletries, hair care soaps, baby
toiletries, lighting products and hydraulic cylinders. In 1970s, Wipro made
a focused shift from soaps to software services taking advantage of the
expulsion of IBM from the Indian market. This played a key role in making
Premji one of the richest Indians and put the company among the top
global leaders.
Under his able guidance Wipro has metamorphosed from a Rs.70 million
company in hydrogenated cooking fats to a pioneer in providing integrated
business, technology and process solutions on a global delivery platform.
Wipro Technologies is the largest independent R&D service provider in the
world and is ranked among the top 100 technology companies globally.
• Azim Premji is the recipient of several honorary
degrees. In 2000, he was conferred an honorary
doctorate by the Manipal Academy of Higher
Education and in 2009 he was awarded an
honorary doctorate from Wesleyan University in
Connecticut for his outstanding philanthropic
• In 2005, he was conferred with the Padma
Bhushan by the Government of India for his
outstanding work in trade and commerce.
• He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the
second highest civilian award by the Government
Anand Mahindra
Chairman of
Mahindra Group
Born 1 May 1955 (age 63), Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Residence Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Lawrence School, Lovedale, Harvard College,Harvard Business School
Occupation Chairman of Mahindra Group
Net worth $1.7 billion (2018)
Spouse(s) Anuradha Mahindra.
Parent(s) Harish Mahindra (father)
Indira Mahindra (mother)

Anand Mahindra (born 1 May 1955) is the chairman of Mahindra Group, a

Mumbai-based business conglomerate. The group operates in aerospace,
agribusiness, aftermarket, automotive, components, construction equipment,
defence, energy, farm equipment, finance and insurance, industrial equipment,
information technology, leisure and hospitality, logistics, real estate and retail.
As of September 2017, his net worth is estimated to be $1.55 billion.
He is an alumnus of Lawrence School, Lovedale, Cornell University and Harvard
Business School.[10] In 1996, he established Nanhi Kali, a non-government
organisation that supports education for underprivileged girls in India.
He is included by Fortune Magazine among the 'World's 50 Greatest Leaders'. and
featured in the magazine's 2011 listing of Asia's 25 most powerful business
people. Anand was noted by Forbes (India) as their 'Entrepreneur of the Year' for
*A name to reckon with in the automobile industry, Mr. Anand Mahindra is the
Chairman and Managing Director of Mahindra & Mahindra, India largest automobile
company. Mahindra has single handedly elevated the Mahindra Group from a mere
jeep and truck producing firm to a multi-national entity with Utility Vehicles (UVs),
Multi Utility Vehicles (MUVs) and Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs). He was also a co-
promoter of Kotak Mahindra Finance Ltd, which became one of the leading private
sector banks in 2003. The net worth of his flagship company M&M presently stands
at USD 11.1 billion.
* Bornon 1st May, 1955 in Mumbai, India into a well-known business family Anand
showed keen interest in his grandfather KC. Mahindra’s business and subsequently
joined it. He finished his graduation from Harvard College, Massachusetts and was
an active member of the Phoenix S.K Club.
* He earned a degree in MBA from Harvard Business School, Boston,
Massachusetts in 1981. Prior to earning his MBA, Anand was a film major at
Harvard University. In 1981, he returned to India and joined the Mahindra Ugine
Steel Company as Executive assistant.

Gradually in 1989, he paved his way to the post of the President and Deputy
Managing Director, and diversified the company into new business areas of real
estate development and hospitality. His efforts paid off, when he was appointed the
post of Deputy Managing director of M&M in 1991 and Managing Director in 1997. In
* In April 2014, Anand became a member of the board of U.S.–India Business Council
(USIBC). He helps promote the policy advocacy priorities of USIBC and advises
members and senior USIBC staff.
* In 2011, Anand was invited to join the International Advisory Council of Singapore's
Economic Development Board.
* He is the Chairman of the India Advisory Council at the Lincoln Center, New York.In
January 2015, he was appointed on a four-year team as a Trustee of the Natural
History Museum of London.
* An avid advocate of using 'design for human happiness',[Anand is the chairman,
Governing Council National Institute of Design and President, India Design Council.
* In 2014, Anand Mahindra with his brother-in-law and sports commentator, Charu
Sharma, launched Pro Kabaddi League, a professional-level kabaddi league in India.
* Anand, along with Mukesh Ambani and Mahesh Samat, was the co-founder EPIC, an
Indian television channel in 2014 that showcases Hindi content. In 2016, he became
the sole owner after both the co-founders sold their stakes to Mahindra.
* Anand was featured in Fortune Magazine’s list of The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders in
2014[and in the list of the top 25 most powerful business people in Asia in 2011. He
was the World Economic Forum co-chairman in 2009. He was one of the contributors
for the book 'Reimagining India' published by Mckinsey & Company
Under his guidance and leadership, the Mahindra group has set
international benchmarks for success. A rapid growth was witnessed in the
company, in the terms of acquisitions, as well as Greenfield business
development with several high profile brands, including:
 Satyam Computer Services (2009)
 Reva Electric Motors (2010)
 Sangyong Motor Company (2010)
 Scorpio (2002)
The launch of Scorpio, an SUV, was a major boost to the group in 2002,
while stock prices in the market were running low. He has striven towards
making the company an efficient and aggressive competitor in the new
liberalized economic environment in India. He has been honored with
many awards to his credit, such as :
Rajiv Gandhi award in 2004 for his outstanding contribution to field of
business. Business Leader award (2008-09) by economic Times Most
Inspiring corporate leader of the year 2007, by NDTV Profit. 'Knight of the
Order of the Merit' by the President of the French Republic and many
more. Fotune Magazine 2014 Ranked Anand among "The World's50
Greatest Leaders" The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) – 2014 gave
him the Sustainable Development Leadership Award
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