ABOUT SUNIL BHARTI MITTAL October 23, 1957 )Born: Ludhiana, Punjab, IndiaResidence: DelhiEthnicity: Baniya Punjab University Bachelor of Economics &Alma mater: Political Science Founder, Owner, Chairman and CEO ofOccupation: Bharti AirtelNet worth: US $8.3 billion (2011)Religious beliefs: HinduSpouse(s): NynaChildren: Eiesha and twins Kavin & Sharvin
ABOUT SUNIL BHARTI MITTAL From making bicycle parts as a teenager, Sunil Bharti Mittal has comea long way. Sunil Bharti Mittal Chairman and Group Managing Director,Bharti Enterprises, has at the age of 43 created a Telecom Giant in India.Sunil Is An Alumnus Of Harvard Business School Indias leading telecomconglomerate, has been at the forefront of technology and has revolutionizedtelecommunications with its world-class brands, products and services. Thecompany has grown by leaps and bounds from its humble beginnings in the1970’. Today Bharti Airtel has the largest customer base in Indiawith alliances with companies such as Vodafone and SingTel.In the future hisfocus is going to be on providing international mobile services , retail industryand agriculture.He recently struck a joint venture deal with Wal-Mart ,theretail giant, for starting retail stores accross India
Early life Sunil Mittal was born in Ludhiana, Punjab, India. His father, Sat Pal Mittal, had been the Member of Parliament (M.P) from Ludhiana. He first joined the Wynberg Allen School in Mussoorie, but later attended Sc India School at Gwalior and he graduated in 1976 from Punjab University, Chandigarh, with a Bachelor of Arts and Science for which he studied in Arya College for Boys, a local college in Ludhiana. His father died of cardiac arrest in 1992
AWARDS Sunil has received several awards including:Transforming India Leader, NDTV Business LeaderAwards 2008.GSMA Chairmans Award 2008.Padma Bhushan in 2007, from the President of India.Asia Businessman of the Year, Fortune Magazine 2006.Telecom Person of the Year, Voice & Data, 2006.CEO of the year 2005, at the Frost and Sullivan AsiaPacific ICT awards 2006.Best Asian Telecom CEO, Telecom Asia Awards 2005.Best CEO, India, Institutional Investor, 2005.Business Leader Of The Year, Economic Times, 2005.
Philanthropy 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 worlds top 25 philanthropists He is opening a Football academy in Haryana or Goa to help India send a team to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
ENTREPRENEURIAL VENTURES A first generation entrepreneur, he started his firstbusiness in 1976 at the age of 18, with a capital investment of Rs 20,000 (U$500)borrowed from his father. His first business was to make crankshafts for localbicycle manufacturers. In 1980 he sold his bicycle parts and yarn factories andmoved to Mumbai. In 1982, through the power and influence of his fathersposition as MP, he acquired an import license in an otherwise closed economy.He became the exclusive dealer for Suzuki Motorss portable electric-powergenerators imported from Japan. The importing of telecom equipment wasbanned by the Indian Government as ITI (Indian Telecom Industry ) monopolypractices & sole OEM for Department of Telecommunication In 1992, he successfully bid for 1 of the 4 mobilelicences. He established the first company to manufacture push buttontelephones in India. He was one of the first Indian entrepreneurs to identify themobile telecom business as a major growth area and launched services in the cityof Delhi and the National Capital Region in the year 1995
PERSONAL LIFE He is superstitious about the number 23, as he was born on the 23rd andalso got married on the 23rd.He also becomes vegetarian before any big venture.TIE-UP WITH WAL-MART In November 2006, he struck a joint venture deal with Wal-Mart, the US retailgiant, to start a number of retail stores across India.
Bharti AirTel, India’sleading private integratedtelecom company, has beenat the forefront of thetelecomrevolution and hastransformed the telecomsector with its world-classservices built on leadingedge technologies.Bhartihas been a pioneering forcein the telecom sector andtoday enjoys a strongnationwide presence.