Sunil Bharti Mittal is an Indian telecom industrialist, philanthropist,
Founder of Bharti Enterprises. Chairman and Managing director of the
Bharti Group. He was born on 23 October 1957 in Punjab. He graduated in
1976 from Punjab University, Chandigarh, with a Bachelor of arts and
science for which studied in Arya College for Boys, a local College in
Ludhiana. His Father, had been MP from Ludhiana; he died in 1992 as he
was a heart patient.
A first generation entrepreneur, Mittal started his first business in April 1976 at the age of
18, with a capital investment of borrowed from his father. His first business was to make
crankshafts for local bicycle manufacturers.
In 1980, he along with his brothers Rakesh, Rajan started an Import Enterprise named
Bharti Overseas Trading Corporation. He sold his bicycle parts and yarn factories and
moved to Mumbai.
In 1981, he purchased importing licences from exporting companies in Punjab. He then
imported thousands of Suzuki Motor’s portable electric-power generators from Japan
In 1984, he started assembling push-button phones in India, which he earlier used to
import from a Taiwan company, Kingtel, replacing the old fashioned, bulky rotary phones
that were in use in the country then. Bharti Telecom Limited (BTL) was incorporated and
entered into a technical tie up with Siemens AG of Germany for manufacture of electronic
push button phones.
STEPING STONES TO
In 1990s, Mittal was making fax machines, cordless phones and other
In November 2006, he struck a joint venture deal with Wal-Mart, the US
retail giant, to start a number of retail stores across India.
In July 2006, he attracted many key executives from Reliance ADAG, NIS
Sparta and created Bharti Comtel.
In 2008, it emerged that Sunil Bharti Mittal was exploring the possibility of
buying the MTN Group, a South Africa-based telecommunications company with
coverage in 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East.
In May 2009, Bharti Airtel again confirmed that it was in talks with MTN and the
companies agreed to discuss the potential transaction exclusively by 31 July 2009.
Bharti Airtel said in a statement "Bharti Airtel Ltd. is pleased to announce that it has
renewed its effort for a significant partnership with MTN Group".
Mittal resides in South Delhi with his wife Nyna and
have three children.
The company was founded by Sunil Bharti Mittal along with two siblings in 1976.
The company was not so famous in India by its own name, rather its brand names
like Airtel and Beetel (PSTN Phone Sets) are household names in India.
BHARTI AIRTEL LTD.
Bharti Airtel Ltd is the 5th largest mobile operator in the world in terms of
subscriber base and has a commercial presence in 19 countries.
The Company is India’s largest integrated telecom company in terms of customer
base and offers Mobile Services, Fixed Line services, Broadband &IPTV, DTH
service named Airtel Digital TV, Long Distance and Enterprise services.
BHARTI INFRATEL LTD.
Bharti Infratel is owned by Sunil Bharti Mittal.
The company deploys and manages telecom towers and communication
structure for various wireless operators.
In India, Infratel has over 32,000 towers, across 18 states, and 11 Telecom
circles, and still growing.
BHARTI RETAIL LTD.
“Bharti Retail Ltd.” is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bharti Enterprises. Bharti
Retail operates a chain of multiple format stores.
The company’s neighbourhood format stores operate under the Easyday brand
Bharti Enterprises tied-up with Wal-Mart for opening a chain of retail stores all
The other retail companies are ; Bharti Retail (Holdings) Private Ltd., Bharti
Retail Resources Private Ltd., And Limited Cedar Support Services Ltd.
BHARTI TELE TECH LTD.
“Bharti Teletech” is India’s leading telecom & allied products company.
It is one of the largest manufacturers of landline telephones in the world.
the company is also the primary distributor of IT and Telecom products from
international brands such as Motorola, Blackberry, Thomson, Polycom,
Transcend, and Logitech.
COMVIVA TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
Comviva Technologies Limited is an India based organization providing
VAS solutions for mobile operators around the world.
Comviva was formerly known as Bharti Telesoft.
FIELDFRESH FOODS PVT. LTD.
“FieldFresh Foods Pvt. Ltd.” is a joint venture between Bharti Enterprises and DMPL
India Ltd. (a subsidiary of Del Monte Pacific Ltd.).
The company offers fresh fruits & vegetables and processed foods & beverages in the
domestic as well as international markets.
BHARTI AXA GENERAL INSURANCE CO.
“Bharti AXA General Insurance” is a joint venture between Bharti Enterprises
and AXA, world leader in financial protection and wealth management.
The company was incorporated in July 2007.
BHARTI AXA LIFE INSURANCE CO.
“Bharti AXA Life Insurance Company Ltd.” is a joint venture between Bharti
Enterprises and AXA, world leader in financial protection and wealth
The company offers a range of life insurance and wealth management
CENTUM LEARNING LTD.
“Centum Limited” (formerly “Bharti Learning Systems Limited”), a wholly
owned subsidiary of Bharti Enterprises.
It is a learning and development organization that specializes in the
customer experience arena.
“Bharti Foundation” was set up in 2000.
It aims to create and support programs that bring about
sustainable changes through education and the use of
technology and information.
BHARTI REALTY PVT. LTD.
“Bharti Realty Private Ltd.” is the in-house Real Estate Arm for Bharti
Group and facilitates by extending support to the Group Companies for
Identifying, Developing and Maintaining Real Estate.
Mittal has also been working towards educating India
through the Bharti Foundation. The foundation has
established over 200 schools on its 2009 list of the
world's top 25 philanthropists.
Transforming India Leader, NDTV
Business Leader Awards 2008.
GSMA Chairman's Award 2008.
Padma Bhushan in 2007, from the President of India.
Asia Businessman of the Year, Fortune Magazine
Telecom Person of the Year, Voice & Data, 2006.
CEO of the year 2005, at the Frost and Sullivan Asia
Pacific ICT awards 2006.
Best Asian Telecom CEO, Telecom Asia Awards 2005.
Best CEO, India, Institutional Investor, 2005.
Business Leader Of The Year, Economic Times,
INSEAD Business Leader Award 2011
Sunil Bharti Mittal is an Indian telecom industrialist,
philanthropist, Founder of Bharti Enterprises