Business tycoons from India

Adi Godrej

Adi Godrej is the present chairman of Godrej Group of companies. He left India at the age of 17 to enroll at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his Bachelor and Master degrees in Management from the Sloan School in 1963.

Aditya Mittal

Aditya Mittal (born c. 1974) is a Member of the Board of Directors and President and Chief Financial Officer of the world's largest steel firm Mittal Steel, which is majoritly owned by his father Lakshmi Mittal, who was ranked the fifth richest person in the world by Forbes in 2006. He has a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in the United States.

Anil Ambani

Anil Ambani is chairman of Reliance - Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group which includes Reliance Capital, Reliance Infocomm and Chairman & Managing Director, Reliance Energy Limited, and was formerly Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries Limited. Ambani holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Bombay and an MBA degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, he serves as a member of the Wharton Board of Overseers.He is also the Chairman of Board of Governors of DA-IICT, Gandhinagar and a member of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He is member of the Board of Governors, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Aroon Purie

Aroon Purie is an Indian journalist and the founder and editor in chief of India Today, a leading newsmagazine of India. He has served as editor of the magazine since founding it in 1975.

Azim Premji

Azim Hashim Premji (born July 24, 1945) is an Indian businessman and Chairman & CEO of one of the largest software companies in India, Wipro Technologies (headquarters located at Bangalore). He was rated the richest person in the country from 1999 to 2005 by Forbes.


Bharat Goenka

Bharat Goenka is the managing director of Tally Solutions, India's leading company in business accounting software.

Brijmohan Lall Munjal

Dr. Brijmohan Lall Munjal is an Industrialist and founder of The Hero Group which owns the Hero Honda Motors in India.


Deepak Mohoni

Deepak Mohoni, the man behind the most popular word used in the Indian corporate circles "SENSEX" is exceptionally brilliant(B. Tech. IIT Kanpur, MBA - IIM Calcutta), and is rated as India's foremost market strategist by many investors.

Dhiru Bhai Ambani

Dhirajlal Hirachand Ambani (28 December 1932, - 6 July 2002), better known as Dhirubhai Ambani, was an Indian business tycoon and founder of Reliance Industries Limited.A film inspired by the life of Dhirubhai was released in January 2007. The Hindi Film Guru, directed by Mani Ratnam and music by A.R.Rahman has show the struggle of a man who strives to make his mark in life.

Dilip Sanghvi

Dilip Shanghvi is Chairman of Sun Pharmaceuticals and has an estimated wealth of $1.4 billion.


Fakir Chand Kohli

Fakir Chand Kohli (born February 28, 1924) is regarded as the "Father of the Indian Software Industry." He was the first General Manager of Tata Consultancy Services, a leading Indian software consultancy company. He has also worked as the Deputy General Manager of the Tata Power Company.


Captain G. R Gopinath, the Managing Director of Air Deccan is a graduate of the prestigious National Defence Academy and has served the Indian Army.

Jagdish Khattar

Jagdish Khattar is the current Managing Director of Maruti Udyog Limited. Prior to this post, he has been an officer of the Indian Administrative Service with more than 37 years of experience.

Jamnalal Bajaj

Jamnalal Bajaj (1886 – 11 February 1942) was an industrialist, a philanthropist, and Indian freedom fighter. He was also a close associate and follower of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi is known to have adopted him as his son. Several institutions in India bears his name, including the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies. He founded the Bajaj group of companies in the 30s. The group now has 24 companies, including 6 listed companies. Besides Bajaj Auto Ltd, the other major companies in the group include Mukand Ltd, Bajaj Electricals Ltd and Bajaj Hindustan Ltd.


Jyoti Naik

Jyoti Naik, also known as Jawantiben Popat, is the President of Lijjat Papad (Shri Mahila Griha Udyog Lijjat Papad) , and she pioneered a co-operative movement currently having over 42,000 members located in different parts of India.

Karsanbhai Patel

Karsanbhai Khodidas Patel (b. 1955, Mehsana, Gujarat) is an Indian industrialist, founder of the Rs. 2500 crore (USD 500 mn) Nirma group with major interests in detergents, soaps and cosmetics. He also has interests in education, and founded a leading engineering college, the Nirma Institute of Technology.

Kasturbhai Lalbhai ( Arvind Mill )

Kasturbhai Lalbhai (19 December 1894 – 20 January 1980) was an Indian industrialist. He was widely perceived as a nationalist businessman a kin to G. D. Birla.



K. V. Kamath (born December 2, 1947) is the Managing Director and CEO of ICICI Bank, the largest private bank in India. He is an alumnus of prestigious educational institutions of India like the Karnataka Regional Engineering College and the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. He is the recipient of the Asian Business Leader of the Year prize awarded at the Asian Business Leader Award 2001, organised by the business television network CNBC Asia.


Lakshmi Narayanan

Lakshmi Narayanan is CEO and President of Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTS).He holds a BS and MS in science and electronics from Bangalore University and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Mr. Khalid A H Ansari

Mr. Khalid A H Ansari is an Indian businessman and journalist.He is the Chairman of Mid-Day Group of Publication based in Mumbai.

Kiran Mazumdar - Shaw

Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (b. 23 March 1953 in Bangalore) is an Indian entrepreneur. She is the Chairman & Managing Director of Biocon Ltd. In 2004, she became India's richest woman.

Kumar Mangalam Birla

Kumar Mangalam Birla (June 14, 1967), is among the richest persons in India and the eighth youngest billionaire outside India according to the Fortune magazine. Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla is the Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group.



Manvinder Singh Banga is the ex-CEO of Hindustan Lever Limited, the Indian subsidiary of Unilever, and the largest FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) company in India.Mr Banga is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, one of India's premier management education institutes.

Mukesh Ambani

Mukesh Ambani is the chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries Limited, India's largest private sector company.

M. Balachandran

M. Balachandran (b. 1st May 1947), currently the Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) of Bank of India (BoI), is a prominent banker of India.

M. Damodaran

M. Damodaran is the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), the country's financial market watchdog, before that he headed the IDBI bank for a short stint.

Narayana Murthy

N.R. Narayana Murthy is an Indian industrialist, software engineer and the founder of Infosys Technologies.He retired on 20th August, 2006. However he shall continue as the Non-Executive Chairman. He graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Mysore in 1967 and received his master's degree from IIT Kanpur in 1969.

He began his career with Patni Computer Systems in Pune. He is the chairman of the governing body of both the International Institute of Information Technology - Bangalore, and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of INSEAD, Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, Cornell University Board of Trustees, Singapore Management University Board of Trustees and the Board of Advisors for the William F. Achtmeyer Center for Global Leadership at the Tuck School of Business.

Naresh Goyal

Naresh Goyal is the founder Chairman of Jet Airways. He started operating Jet Airways in 1993. Following the 2005 IPO of Jet Airways, Forbes magazine declared him the 16th richest person in India with a net worth of $1.9 billion. Was in News recently for the "Jet-Sahara Deal" which lead to failure.

Nandan Nilekani

He is a co-founder of India's National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM). He is currently the CEO and Managing Director of Infosys.

Nusli Wadia

He is the chairman and majority owner of Bombay Dyeing, a major Indian textile company, and has vast holdings in real estate across Mumbai. Nusli Wadia is the son of Neville and Dina Wadia, and the grandson of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan.


Dr. Pratap C. Reddy

Dr. Pratap C. Reddy is a doctor and businessman who founded the first corporate chain of hospitals in India, the Apollo Hospitals Group. He is the Executive Chairman of the company.


Preetha Reddy

Preetha Reddy, managing director of Apollo Hospitals (Chennai).

Ramalinga Raju Byrraju

Ramalinga Raju Byrraju (born September 16, 1954), is an Indian businessman, and a pioneer of the Information Technology industry in India.

He is the Chairman of Satyam Computer Services Ltd. It was founded in the late 1980's after venturing earlier into other businesses such as construction and textiles. Raju had acquired a B. Com from Andhra Loyola College at Vijayawada prior to receiving an MBA degree from Ohio University. He has attended the Owner/President course at Harvard.

Ramesh Chandra Agarwal

Ramesh Agarwal is a media baron of India. He owns Dainik Bhaskar group of newspapers that has presence in 26 cities and six states of India and have estimated readership of over 1.5 crore


Ramesh Gelli

Ramesh Gelli is an Indian banking executive who served as the chairman and managing director (CMD) of Vysya Bank and was a promoter and CMD of the troubled Global Trust Bank.


Ramnath Goenka

He founded the Indian Express in 1936.

Ramoji Rao

Ramoji Rao (Cherukuri Ramoji Rao), an Indian media baron born on 16th November 1936 at Gudivada, Chairman & Founder of Enadu group.

Ratan Tata

Ratan Naval Tata (born December 28, 1937, in Bombay) is the present Chairman of the Tata Group, a leading Indian conglomerate established by earlier generations of his family.

Sushil Kumar Roongta

Sushil Kumar Roongta is the current Chairman of Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL).


Founder of Dabur.

Sabeer Bhatia

Sabeer Bhatia is a co-founder of Hotmail. Currently he has started a new venture called BlogEverywhere

Salil Chaturvedi

Salil Chaturvedi is the owner of Indian apparel brand Provogue.

Sam Pitroda

Currently chairman of India's National Knowledge Commission, he is also largely considered to have been responsible for India's communications revolution . He is the Chairman and CEO of World-Tel Limited.


Sarthak Behuria

Sarthak Behuria is the chairman and Managing Director of Indian Oil Corporation. He is An alumnus of St. Stephen's College, Delhi, and the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad.

Shahnaz Hussain

Shahnaz Hussain, Chief Executive Officer of Shahnaz Herbals, is a prominent Indian female entrepreneur.

Shiv nadar

Shiv Nadar is the CEO of Hindustan Computers Limited (HCL), a large information technology company in India.

Subhash Chandra

Chairman, Essel Group of Industries. ( Essel Group : Zee tv , Zee Cinema , Dish Tv , Essel World , Water Kingdom , playwin , kidzee , Asian Sky Shop. )

Sunil Mittal

Chairman & Managing Director of Bharti Group. ( Airtel )

Subroto Bagchi

Subroto Bagchi is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer for MindTree Consulting. MindTree Consulting is an international consulting company working in the IT Consulting and Software Services space.

Subrata Roy

Subrata Roy is the chairman and "managing worker" ( Managing Director) of the Sahara Group of companies .

Uday Kotak

Uday Kotak is an Indian businessman. He is the vice-chairman and managing director of Kotak Mahindra Bank.

Venugopal Dhoot

Venugopal Dhoot (Born 1944 in Mumbai, India) is an Indian business tycoon. He is Chairman of Videocon Electronics.His company recently bought a color picture tube unit from the French company Thompson SA, and a refrigerator business from Swedish company Electrolux.

Verghese Kurien

Verghese Kurien (born November 26, 1921 at Kozhikode, Kerala) is called the father of the White Revolution in India. He is also known as the Milkman of India.

He was the chairman of the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd.(GCMMF). GCMMF is an apex cooperative organization that manages the Amul food brand. He is recognised as the man behind the success of the Amul brand.


Vijay Mallya

Dr. Vijay Mallya (born December 20, 1955) is a Bangalore-based billionaire businessman and Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha since 2002) from India. He is the son of industrialist Vittal Mallya and is the chairman of the United Beverages Group. Mallya has started a domestic airline in India called Kingfisher Airlines

Yusuf Khwaja

Yusuf Khwaja Hamied is chairman of Cipla, a company founded by his father Khwaja Abdul Hamied.