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  • 1.  ramoji, founder of Eenadu group/Ramoji Group. A. M. Murugappa Chettiar, founder of the Murugappa Group Anant Koppar, founder, and former president, of Kshema Technologies Brijmohan Lall Munjal (1923- ), founder of The Hero Group, which owns Hero Motors Dhirubhai Ambani (1933–2002), founder of Reliance Industries Ghanshyam Das Birla (1894–1983), prominent member of the Birla family G. Kuppuswamy Naidu, founder of Lakshmi Mills Capt. G. R. Gopinath, founder of Air Deccan, vice-chairman of Kingfisher Red Jamsetji Tata (1839–1904), pioneering Indian industrialist, founder of the Tata Group of companies J.R.D. Tata, founder of Air India and Chairman of the Tata Group for 52 years. J. C. Mahindra, co-founder of the Mahindra Group Karsanbhai Patel (1945- ), founder of the Nirma Group Kasturbhai Lalbhai (1894–1980), textile baron, founder of Arvind Mills K. C. Mahindra, co-founder of the Mahindra Group Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (1953- ), founder of Biocon, the first biotechnology company in India N. R. Narayana Murthy (1946- ), co-founder of Infosys Technologies Raj Anand (1982-), founder of the Kwiqq and winner of Business Week Europes Young Entrepreneur 2007 Ramji Raghavan (1958- ), Social Entrepreneur, founder of Agastya International Foundation Ritika Hiranandani (1970- ), India-US specialist and entrepreneur, philanthropist. Founder of Atlantic-Crossing, promoter of India and US business in the field of technology, finance, pharmaceutical,entertainment and sports.
  • 2.  Sabeer Bhatia (1968- ), co-founder of Hotmail Sam Pitroda (1942- ), inventor, entrepreneur, policymaker Shruti Kohli (1982- ), Founder/Editor, MoneyQuin(an online finance magazine focused on women & kids) Subhash Chandra (1950- ), chairman of the Essel Group, launched Zee TV, the first Hindi satellite television channel Suhas Gopinath (1986- ), notable for founding Globals Inc., an Information Technology (IT) company, at age 14 Sunil Mittal (1957- ), chairman and managing director of Bharti Enterprises Venkat Rangan, Founder of Yodlee.com and Vice Chancellor of Amrita University T. V. Sundaram Iyengar (1877–1955), founder of the TVS Group Vijay Mallya (1955- ), chairman of the United Breweries Group and Kingfisher Airlines, member of the upper house of the Indian Parliament, and owner of several sports franchises and teams {Bangalore Royal Challengers} Vishal Gondal (b. 1976), founder of Indiagames Vivin Varghese Meleadan (1988- ), co-founder of MVS Info Tech Aditya Jha, Canadian entrepreneur, philanthropist and philosopher; Active in Canadian public affairs Purnima Varadrajan, founder and CEO of iPOTT group of companies. Google for general search iPOTT for software search. Ujwal Makhija, founder and CEO of Phonon, an Indian pioneer in hosted telephony services such as click-to-call. P. Ponnudurai, Managing Director of Lion Dates Imnex Private Ltd, market leader in packaged Dates(dry fruit). Shruti Kohli Sumit Gupta, founder BitRhymes.
  • 3. Dhirubhai Ambani JRD Tata Adi Godrej Anil Ambani Dr. K. Anji Reddy Azim Premji Bhai Mohan Singh B.M. Munjal Ekta Kapoor Ghanshyam Das Birla Karsanbhai Patel Kiran Mazumdar Shaw K.P. Singh Kumar Mangalam Birla Lalit Suri M.S. Oberoi Mukesh Ambani Nandan Nilekani Narayana Murthy Naresh Goyal Dr. Pratap Reddy Rahul Bajaj Ramalinga Raju Ratan Tata Raunaq Singh Shiv Nadar Subhash Chandra
  • 4. Subroto RoySunil MittalTulsi TantiVerghese KurienVijay MallyaMallika SrinivasanNaina Lal KidwaiShahnaz HussainSulajja Firodia MotwaniShobhana BhartiaIndian EntrepreneursPaintersMusiciansNRI EntrepreneursWritersLeadersScientistsSocial ReformersOthersClassical DancersIndian SingersIndia Film PersonalitiesIndian Vocalists • Mahatma Gandhi •
  • 5. Facts About Mahatma Gandhi Mahatma Gandhi Quote Mahatma Gandhi Pictures Indira Gandhi Indira Gandhi Quotes Indira Gandhi Pictures Mother Teresa Mother Teresa Quote Mother Teresa Pictures Dhirubhai Ambani Biography Born: December 28, 1932 Died: July 6, 2002 Achievements: Dhiru Bhai Ambani built Indias largest private sector company. Created an equity cult in the Indian capitalmarket. Reliance is the first Indian company to feature in Forbes 500 listDhirubhai Ambani was the most enterprising Indian entrepreneur. His life journey is reminiscent of the rags to riches story. He isremembered as the one who rewrote Indian corporate history and built a truly global corporate group.Dhirubhai Ambani alias Dhirajlal Hirachand Ambani was born onDecember 28, 1932, at Chorwad, Gujarat, into a Modh family. His father was a school teacher. Dhirubhai Ambani started his
  • 6. entrepreneurial career by selling "bhajias" to pilgrims in Mount Girnar over the weekends.After doing his matriculation at the age of 16, Dhirubhai moved toAden, Yemen. He worked there as a gas-station attendant, and as a clerk in an oil company. He returned to India in 1958 with Rs 50,000 and set up a textile trading company. Assisted by his two sons, Mukesh and Anil, Dhiru Bhai Ambani built Indias largest private sector company, Reliance India Limited, from a scratch. Over time his business has diversified into a core specialisation in petrochemicals with additionalinterests in telecommunications, information technology, energy, power, retail, textiles, infrastructure services, capital markets, and logistics.Dhirubhai Ambani is credited with shaping Indias equity culture, attracting millions of retail investors in a market till then dominated by financial institutions. Dhirubhai revolutionisedcapital markets. From nothing, he generated billions of rupees inwealth for those who put their trust in his companies. His efforts helped create an equity cult in the Indian capital market. With innovative instruments like the convertible debenture, Reliance quickly became a favorite of the stock market in the 1980s. In 1992, Reliance became the first Indian company to raise money in global markets, its high credit-taking in international markets limited only by Indias sovereign rating. Reliance also became the first Indian company to feature in Forbes 500 list.Dhirubhai Ambani was named the Indian Entrepreneur of the 20thCentury by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). A poll conducted by The Times of India in 2000 voted him "greatest creator of wealth in the century". Dhirubhai Ambani died on July 6, 2002, at Mumbai.
  • 7. JRD Tata BiographyBorn: July 29, 1904Died: on November 29, 1993Achievements: He had the honor of being Indias first pilot; wasChairman of Tata & Sons for 50 years; launched Air India Internationalas Indias first international airline; received Bharat Ratna in 1992.JRD Tata was one of the most enterprising Indian entrepreneurs. Hewas a pioneer aviator and built one of the largest industrial houses ofIndia.JRD Tata was born on July 29, 1904 in Paris. His mother was aFrench, while his father was Parsi. JRDs full name was JehangirRatanji Dadabhoy Tata and he was popularly known as Jeh to hisfriends. JRDs father Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata and Sri Jamsetji Tatashared their greatness from the same great-great-grandfather, ErvadJamsheed Tata, a priest of Navsari.JRD Tata was the second of four children. He was educated inFrance, Japan and England before being drafted into the French armyfor a mandatory one-year period. JRD wanted to extend his service inthe forces but destiny had something else in store for him. By leavingthe French army JRDs life was saved because shortly thereafter, theregiment in which he served was totally wiped out during anexpedition in Morocco.JRD Tata joined Tata & Sons as an unpaid apprentice in 1925. He hasgreat interest in flying. On February 10, 1929, JRD became the firstIndian to pass the pilots examination. With this distinctive honor ofbeing Indias first pilot, he was instrumental in giving wings to India bybuilding Tata Airlines, which ultimately became Air India. His passion
  • 8. for flying was fulfilled with the formation of the Tata Aviation Service in1932.In 1938, at the age of 34, JRD was elected Chairman of Tata & Sonsmaking him the head of the largest industrial group in India. He startedwith 14 enterprises under his leadership and half a century later onJuly 26, 1988, when he left , Tata & Sons was a conglomerate of 95enterprises which they either started or in which they had controllinginterest.JRD was the trustee of Sir Dorabji Tata Trust from its inception in1932, which remained under his wings for over half a century. Underhis guidance, this Trust established Asias first cancer hospital, theTata Memorial Center for Cancer, Research and Treatment, Bombay,1941. It also founded the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, 1936(TISS), the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, 1945 (TIFR), andthe National Center for Performing Arts.In 1948, JRD Tata launched Air India International as Indias firstinternational airline. In 1953, the Indian Government appointed JRDas Chairman of Air-India and a director on the Board of Indian Airlines-a position JRD retained for 25-years. For his crowning achievementsin Aviation, JRD was bestowed with the title of Honorary AirCommodore of India.In 1956, JRD Tata initiated a program of closer "employee associationwith management" to give workers a stronger voice in the affairs of thecompany. He firmly believed in employee welfare and espoused theprinciples of an eight-hour working day, free medical aid, workersprovident scheme, and workmens accident compensation schemes,which were later, adopted as statutory requirements in India.
  • 9. JRD Tata cared greatly for his workers. In 1979, Tata Steel instituted anew practice; a worker is deemed to be "at work" from the moment heleaves home for work till he returns home from work. The company isfinancially liable to the worker if any mishap takes place on the way toand from work. Tata Steel Township was also selected as a UNGlobal Compact City because of the quality of life, conditions ofsanitation, roads and welfare that were offered by Tata Steel.JRD Tata received a number of awards. He received the PadmaVibhushan in 1957 on the eve of silver jubilee of Air India. He alsoreceived the Guggenheim Medal for aviation in 1988. In 1992,because of his selfless humanitarian endeavors, JRD Tata wasawarded Indias highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna-one of therarest instances in which this award was granted during a personslifetime. In the same year, JRD Tata was also bestowed with theUnited Nations Population Award for his crusading endeavors towardsinitiating and successfully implementing the family planning movementin India, much before it became an official government policy.JRD Tata died in Geneva, Switzerland on November 29, 1993 at theage of 89. On his death, the Indian Parliament was adjourned in hismemory-an honor not usually given to persons who are not Membersof Parliament.
  • 10. Adi Godrej ProfileAchievements: Chairman of Godrej GroupAdi Godrej is one of the icons of Indian Industry. He is the chairman ofGodrej Group. .Adi Godrej was born in a business family. His fathersname was Burjorji Godrej and his mothers name was Jai Godrej.More than a century age, the Godrejs were into manufacturing locksand vegetable-based soaps. The Godrej products were among thefirst indigenously manufactured products to displace entrenchedforeign brands.Adi Godrej left India at the age of 17 to enroll at the MassachusettsInstitute of Technology. Though he planned to study mechanicalengineering but he later on switched to management. After his returnto India, Adi Godrej joined the family business. He modernized andsystematized management structures and implemented processimprovements. Adi Godrej took the Godrej Group to great heightduring controlled economy era.After the liberalization process, Adi Godrej restructured companyspolicies to meet the challenges of globalisation. In the early 2000s, theGroup completed a 10-year restructuring process through which eachbusiness became a stand-alone company with a CEO/COO fromoutside the Godrej family.Under Adi Godrejs leadership, the group is also involved inphilanthropic activities. Godrej is major supporter of the World WildlifeFund in India, it has developed a green business campus in the
  • 11. Vikhroli township of Mumbai, which includes a 150-acre mangroveforest and a school for the children of company employees. Anil Ambani Profileorn: June 4, 1959Achievement: Chairman of Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group; Chosen asthe CEO of the Year 2004 in the Platts Global Energy Awards andMTV Youth Icon of the Year in September 2003Anil Ambani is one of the foremost entrepreneurs of IndependentIndia. He is the Chairman of Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group. Earlier,before the split in the Reliance Group, Anil Ambani held the post ofVice Chairman and Managing Director in Reliance Industries Limited(RIL).Born on June 4, 1959, Anil Ambani did his Bachelors in Science fromthe University of Bombay and Masters in Business Administration TheWharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.Anil Ambani joined Reliance in 1983 as Co-Chief Executive Officer.He pioneered India Incs forays into overseas capital markets withinternational public offerings of global depository receipts, convertiblesand bonds. Starting from 1991, he led Reliance in its efforts to raise,around US$2 billion from overseas financial markets. In January 1997,the 100-year Yankee bond issue was launched under his stewardship.After the split in Reliance Group, Anil Ambani founded Anil DhirubhaiAmbani Group. He is the Chairman of all listed Group companies,which include: Reliance Communications, Reliance Capital, RelianceEnergy and Reliance Natural Resources Limited.
  • 12. Anil Ambai was elected as an independent member Rajya Sabha MPin June 2004. But he resigned voluntarily on March 25, 2006.Anil Ambani has won several awards and honours. Major amongthese include: CEO of the Year 2004 in the Platts Global EnergyAwards, MTV Youth Icon of the Year in September 2003, TheEntrepreneur of the Decade Award by the Bombay ManagementAssociation, and Businessman of the Year Award by leadingBusiness Magazine, Business India in 1997. Dr. K. Anji Reddy ProfileAchievements: Founder-chairman of Dr Reddys Group ofCompanies; Awarded with Padma Shri in 2001.Dr. K. Anji Reddy is a pioneer in the pharmaceutical research inIndia and is founder-chairman of Dr Reddys Group ofCompanies.Dr Kallam Anji Reddy did his B.Sc in Pharmaceuticals and Finechemicals from Bombay University and subsequently completedhis PhD in Chemical Engineering from National ChemicalLaboratory, Pune, in 1969. Dr. K. Anji Reddy served in PSU IndianDrugs and Pharmaceuticals Limited from 1969 to 1975. Dr. Reddywas the founder-Managing Director of Uniloids Ltd from 1976 to1980 and Standard Organics Limited from 1980 to 1984.In 1984, Dr. K. Anji Reddy founded Dr. Reddys Laboratories andsoon the company established new benchmarks in the IndianPharmaceutical industry. Dr. Reddys Laboratories transformedIndian bulk drug industry from import-dependent in mid-80s toself-reliant in mid-90s and finally into the export-orientedindustry that it is presently. In 1993, Dr. Reddys became the firstcompany to take up drug discovery research in India and in April2001 it became the first non-Japanese Asian pharmaceutical
  • 13. company to list on NYSE. By the end of fiscal year 2005, Dr.Reddys Laboratories was Indias second largest pharmaceuticalcompany and the youngest among its peer group.Presently, Dr. Reddy is a serving member of the Prime MinistersCouncil on Trade & Industry, Government of India, and has beennominated to the Board of National Institute of PharmaceuticalEducation and Research (NIPER).Dr. K. Anji Reddy is also a philanthropist. He is the founder-Chairman of Dr. Reddys Foundation for Human & SocialDevelopment, a social arm of Dr. Reddys, which acts as acatalyst of change to achieve sustainable development.Dr. K. Anji Reddy has received many awards and honors. Theseinclude Sir PC Ray award (conferred twice, in 1984 and 1992);Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Associations (FAPA)s FAPA-Ishidate Award for Pharmaceutical Research in 1998; leadingbusiness magazine Business India voted him Businessman ofthe Year in 2001; CHEMTECH Foundation bestowed on him theAchiever of the Year award in the year 2000 and the Hall of Fameaward in 2005, for his Entrepreneurship, Leadership and thruston Innovation; and in 2001, he was awarded the Padma Shri bythe Government of India. Azim Premji ProfileBorn: July 24, 1945Achievements: Chairman of Wipro Technologies; Richest Indian forthe past several years; Honored with Padma Bhushan in 2005.Azim Premji is Chairman of Wipro Technologies, one of the largestsoftware companies in India. He is an icon among Indianbusinessmen and his success story is a source of inspiration to anumber of budding entrepreneurs.
  • 14. Born on July 24, 1945, Azim Hashim Premji was studying ElectricalEngineering from Stanford University, USA when due to the suddendemise of his father, he was called upon to handle the familybusiness. Azim Premji took over the reins of family business in 1966at the age of 21.At the first annual general meeting of the company attended byAzeem Premji, a shareholder doubted Premjis ability to handlebusiness at such a young age and publicly advised him to sell hisshareholding and give it to a more mature management. This spurredAzim Premji and made him all the more determined to make Wipro asuccess story. And the rest is history.When Azim Premji occupied the hot seat, Wipro dealt in hydrogenatedcooking fats and later diversified to bakery fats, ethnic ingredientbased toiletries, hair care soaps, baby toiletries, lighting products andhydraulic cylinders. Thereafter Premji made a focused shift fromsoaps to software.Under Azim Premjis leadership Wipro has metamorphosed from aRs.70 million company in hydrogenated cooking fats to a pioneer inproviding integrated business, technology and process solutions on aglobal delivery platform. Today, Wipro Technologies is the largestindependent R&D service provider in the world.Azim Premji has several achievements to his credit. In 2000,Asiaweek magazine, voted Premji among the 20 most powerful men inthe world. Azim Premji was among the 50 richest people in the worldfrom 2001 to 2003 listed by Forbes. In April 2004, Times Magazine,rated him among the 100 most influential people in the world by Timemagazine. He is also the richest Indian for the past several years. In
  • 15. 2005,Government of India honored Azim Premji with Padma Bhushan. Bhai Mohan Singh ProfileBorn: December 30, 1917Achievement: Founder of pharmaceutical giant RanbaxyLaboratories Ltd; Awarded with Padma ShriBhai Mohan Singh can be called as the doyen of pharmaceuticalindustry in India. He is the founder of pharmaceutical giant RanbaxyLaboratories Ltd.Bhai Mohan Singh was born on December 30, 1917 in Rawalpindidistrict. His father Bhai Gyan Chand was a Hindu and his motherSunder Dai was a Sikh. Bhai Mohan Singh began his business careerin the construction business during the Second World War. His firmbagged a contract to build roads in the North East. After Partition, heleft Rawalpindi and settled down in New Delhi.Bhai Mohan Singh started business as a moneylender. Ranbaxy wasstarted by his cousins Ranjit Singh and Gurbax Singh. Ranbaxysname was a fusion of Ranjit and Gurbaxs names. They weredistributors for A. Shionogi, a Japanese pharmaceutical companymanufacturing vitamins and anti-TB drugs. When Ranbaxy defaultedon a loan, Bhai Mohan Singh bought the company on August 1, 1952,for Rs 2.5 lakh.Bhai Mohan Singh collaborated with Italian pharma company LapetitSpa and later on bought it. Bhai Mohan Singh made his mark in thepharmaceuticals industry in the late 1960s when he launched his firstsuperbrand, Calmpose.
  • 16. Calmpose was an imitation of Roches valium. But Roche had notpatented it in India. In early 1970s when Indian adopted a regime ofprocess patents in the Bhai Mohan Singh quickly realised that onecould make any product in the world through reverse engineering. Heestablished an R&D facility at Mohali and launched one blockbusterpill after the other, such as Roscillin, Cifran etc.Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd went public in 1973. At this time BhaiMohan Singh introduced his eldest son Parvinder Singh in thecompany, who later on became the companys Managing Director in1982. Bhai Mohan Singh also co-founded Max India with his youngestson, Analjit Singh.With liberalisation differences arose between Bhai Mohan Singh andParvinder Singh over the expansion and professionalisation strategyof Ranbaxy. Subsequently, in 1999 in a boardroom coup of sorts BhaiMohan Singh was forced to bow down and Parvider took over thecompany. This broke Bhai Mohan Singhs spirit and he retired fromactive company affairs. He died on March 27, 2006.Bhai Mohan Singh was a former vice president of the New DelhiMunicipal Corporation (NDMC) and was awarded the Padma Shri forhis contribution in civic matters. For his contribution to the industrialdevelopment of Punjab, the Punjab Goverment had named anIndustrial Township near Ropar after Bhai Mohan Singh. B.M. Munjal ProfileAchievement: Chairman of the Hero Group; Honored with Ernst &Youngs Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2001B.M. Munjal (Brij Mohan Lall Munjal) is the Chairman of the HeroGroup. He is a first generation entrepreneur who started very
  • 17. small and through sheer hard work and perseverance made it tothe top. Today, Hero Group is the largest manufacturer of two-wheelers in the world and Brij Mohan Lal Munjal is the manwidely credited with its success.B.M. Munjals journey began in 1944 at the age of 20. BrijMohanlall along with his three brothers, Dayanand (32),Satyanand (27) and Om Prakash (16) moved from his birthplaceKamalia in Pakistan to Amritsar. The brothers started supplyingcomponents to the local bicycle business. After partition in 1947,the family was forced to move to Ludhiana. The town of Ludhianawas already a major hub of the Indian bicycle business and animportant textile center. The Munjals slowly spread their bicyclecomponent distribution network in other parts of the country andbecame one of Indias largest bicycle parts suppliers. In 1952Munjals made a shift from supplying to manufacturing. Theystarted manufacturing handlebars, front forks and chains.In 1956, the Punjab state government announced the issue oftwelve new industrial licenses to make bicycles in Ludhiana. TheMunjal brothers cashed on this opportunity. Helped by thePunjab government financing of Rs 600,000 to supplement theirown limited capital resources, the Munjals set up Hero Cycles.Hero Cycles was registered as a large-scale industrial unit and itinitially produced 7,500 units per year.Soon Hero Cycles started giving well-established players such asRaleigh, Hind Cycles, and Atlas Cycles a run for their money. Thehero cycle was comparatively cheaper and was sturdy andreliable. It gave the customers value for their money.In January 1984, Japans Honda, the worlds largest manufacturerof motorcycles, elicited interest in collaborating with the HeroGroup to manufacture motor cycles in India. An agreement wassigned and on 13 April 1985, the first Hero Honda motorbike wasrolled out. Today, the company is the largest manufacturer ofmotorcycles in the world.
  • 18. For his outstanding contribution to the success of Hero Group,B.M. Munjal was honored with Ernst & Youngs Entrepreneur ofthe Year award in 2001. Ekta Kapoor Profileorn: June 7, 1975Achievement: Creative Director of Balaji Telefilms; Awarded withErnst & Young (E&Y) Startup Entrepreneur Of The Year award in2001.Ekta Kapoor can be aptly called as the reigning queen of Indiantelevision industry. The serials produced by her company BalajiTelefilms are a great hit with the masses and are dominating allthe major T.V. channels in India.Born on June 7, 1975, Ekta Kapoor is daughter of formerBollywood superstar Jeetendra and sister of current Bollywoodhero Tusshar Kapoor. Ekta Kapoor did her schooling fromBombay Scottish School and later on joined Mithibai College.She was not interested in academics and on the advice of herfather ventured into TV-serial production at the age of 19. Andsoon she changed the face of Indian television industry andcompletely dominated it.Today, Ekta Kapoor is the creative director of Balaji Telefilms. Hercompany has produced more than 25 serials and each one isbeing shown, on an average, four times a week on differenttelevision channels. Ekta Kapoors serials have captured theimagination of masses. She broken all previous records of TVserial production and popularity in India. Her most famoustelevision venture has been "Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi"which began in 2000 and is still leading the TRP ratings in India.Her other famous serials include "Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki","Kahiin To Hoga", "Kavyanjali", "Kyaa Hoga Nimmo Kaa",
  • 19. "Kasamh Se", "Kahin Kisii Roz", "Kasautii Zindagi Kay","Kkusum", "Kutumb", "Kalash", and "Kundali".For her entrepreneurial skills and achievements Ekta Kapoor wasawarded with Ernst & Young (E&Y) Startup Entrepreneur Of TheYear award in 2001. Ghanshyam Das Birla ProfileBorn: April 10, 1894Achievement: Laid the foundations of the Birla Empire; founder of theFederation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).Ghanshyam Das Birla is considered as a doyen of Indian Industry. Hewas the man who laid the foundations of the Birla Empire. G.D. Birlawas a multi-faceted personality. He was a close associate of MahatmaGandhi and advised Gandhiji on economic policies. He was the mostimportant pre-Independence contributor to the Indian NationalCongress. Ghanshyam Das Birla was the founder of the Federation ofIndian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). He is alsopopularly known as the builder of Birla Mandirs.Born on April 10, 1894, G.D. Birla, was a native of Pilani. Hisgrandfather Shiv Narayan Birla was a traditional marwarimoneylender. Ghanshyam Das Birla entered the business arenaduring the time of First World War. He established a cotton mill inSabzi Mandi, and later on established Keshoram Cotton Mills. Alongwith cotton mills he diversified to jute business and shifted his base toCalcutta city in Bengal, the worlds largest jute producing region. Heestablished Birla Jute Mills in Bengal, much to the consternation of
  • 20. established European merchants.In 1919, with an investment of Rs. 50 lakhs, the Birla Brothers Limitedwas formed and a mill was set up in Gwalior. In 1930s, G.D. Birla setup Sugar and Paper mills. In 1940s, he ventured into the territory ofcars and established Hindustan Motors. After independence,Ghanshyam Das Birla invested in tea and textiles through a series ofacquisitions of erstwhile European companies. He also expanded anddiversified into cement, chemicals, rayon and steel tubes.Ghanshyam Das Birla also founded several educational institutions.Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences (BITS) Pilani has todayevolved into one of Indias best engineering schools. He alsoestablished many temples, planetariums, and hospitals. GhanshyamDas Birla died in 1983 at the age of 90. In his honour, G.D. Birlaaward for scientific Research has been established to encouragescientists for their contribution in the various fields of scientificResearch. Karsanbhai Patel ProfileAchievement: Man behind the hugely successful brand, Nirma.Karsanbhai Patel is the man behind the hugely successful brand,Nirma. His is a legendary rags to riches journey during which heshattered established business theories and rewrote new ones.Karsanbhai Khodidas Patel (K.K. Patel) came from a humble farmerfamily from Mehsana, Gujarat. He worked as Lab Assistant in theGeology and Mining Department of the Government of Gujarat. In1969, at the age of 25, Karsan Bhai Patel started a small-scaleenterprise. He offered a quality detergent powder, using indigenous
  • 21. technology, at a third of the prevailing price, without compromising onthe product. Karsanbhai named the detergent powder Nirma afterdaughter Nirupama.At that time domestic detergent market was limited only to premiumsegment and was dominated by MNCs. Karsanbhai Patel starteddoor-to-door selling of Nirma and priced it at Rs. 3 per kg. The nextavailable cheapest brand in the market at that time was Rs.13 per kg.Nirma revolutionized the whole detergent powder segment and in ashort span of time created an entirely new market segment in thedomestic detergent sector market. It gave the bigger establishedbrands a run for their money and soon occupied the top market share.To add to all this, Nirma was made of an innovative formulation, whichglobal detergent giants were later on compelled to emulate, it wasphosphate free and hence environment friendly, and the process ofmanufacturing was labour intensive, which offered large scaleemployment.Karsanbhai notched up one success after another. After establishingits leadership in economy-priced detergents, Nirma foray into thepremium brand segment, in cakes and detergents was equallysuccessful. It built up a 30% market share in the premium detergentsegment and achieved a greater than 20% share in the premiumsoaps market.Karsanbhai Patel has won many accolades on his way to success.The Federation of Association of Small Scale Industries of India, NewDelhi, awarded him with the Udyog Ratna. The Gujarat Chamber ofCommerce felicitated him as an Outstanding Industrialist of theEighties. The Govt. of India twice appointed him Chairman of theDevelopment Council for Oils, Soaps & Detergents.
  • 22. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw ProfileBorn: March 23, 1953Achievement: Chairman & Managing Director of Biocon Ltd;Felicitated with Padmashri (1989) and Padma Bhushan (2005).Kiran Mazumdar Shaw is the Chairman & Managing Director ofBiocon Ltd, Indias biggest biotechnology company. In 2004, shebecame Indias richest woman.Kiran Mazumdar Shaw was born on March 23, 1953 in Bangalore.She had her schooling at Bishop Cotton Girls School and MountCarmel College at Bangalore. After doing completing her B.Sc. inZoology from Bangalore University in 1973, she went to BallaratUniversity in Melbourne, Australia and qualified as a master brewer.Kiran Mazumdar Shaw started her professional career as traineebrewer in Carlton & United Beverages in 1974. In 1978, she joined asTrainee Manager with Biocon Biochemicals Limited in Ireland. In thesame year, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw founded Biocon India incollaboration with Biocon Biochemicals Limited, with a capital ofRs.10,000. She initially faced many problems regarding funds for herbusiness. Banks were hesitant to give loan to her as biotechnologywas a totally new field at that point of time and she was a womanentrepreneur, which was a rare phenomenon.Biocons initial operation was to extract an enzyme from papaya.Under Kiran Mazumdar Shaws stewardship Biocon transformed froman industrial enzymes company to an integrated biopharmaceuticalcompany with strategic research initiatives. Today, Biocon isrecognised as Indias pioneering biotech enterprise. In 2004, Bioconcame up with an IPO and the issue was over-subscribed by over 30
  • 23. times. Post-IPO, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw held close to 40% of thestock of the company and was regarded as Indias richest woman withan estimated worth of Rs. 2,100 crore.Kiran Mazumdar Shaw is the recipient of several prestigious awards.These include ET Businesswoman of the Year, Best WomanEntrepreneur, Model Employer, Ernst & Youngs Entrepreneur of theYear Award for Life Sciences & Healthcare, Leading Exporter,Outstanding Citizen, Technology Pioneer, etc. Government of Indiaalso felicitated her with Padmashri (1989) and Padma Bhushan(2005). K.P. Singh ProfileBorn: August 15, 1931Achievement: Chairman of DLF Group; Recipient of the Delhi RatnaAward for his valuable contribution to DelhiK.P. Singh is the Chairman of DLF Group and can be christened asthe real estate baron of India. DLF has a strong leadership presencein Indian real estate industry and the company is credited withdeveloping the modern township of Gurgaon.K.P. Singh (Kushal Pal Singh) was born on August 15, 1931 atBulandshahar in Uttar Pradesh. After graduating in Science fromMeerut College, he went to UK to study Aeronautical Engineering.While pursuing engineering in UK, K.P. Singh was selected to theprestigious Indian Army, by British Officers Services Selection Board,UK. He joined the Indian Military Academy at Dehradun and was lateron commissioned into The Deccan Horse-a renowned cavalryregiment of The Indian Army.
  • 24. In 1960, K.P. Singh joined American Universal Electric Company, ajoint venture between Universal Electric Company of Owosso,Michigan and his family. Thereafter, K.P. Singh promoted anothercompany, i.e. Willard India Limited in collaboration with ESB inc ofPhiladelphia for manufacturing automatic and industrial batteries inIndia and became its Managing Director.In 1979, K.P. Singh joined DLF Universal Limited. When AmericanUniversal Company merged with DLF Universal Limited, K.P. Singhbecame the Managing Director of the new company. K.P. Singh hadthe vision to buy land in Gurgaon, which was then a barren village onthe outskirts of Delhi. He had the foresight to saw the untappedpotential of the place and today Gurgaon is one of the real-estatehotspots of the country. Presently, DLF has 100 million square feetunder development in residential, commercial and retail projects allover the country.Kushal Pal Singh also held a number of professional positions in India.He was the President of the ASSOCHAM (Associated Chamber ofCommerce and Industry of India) and the PHD Chambers ofCommerce & Industry. K.P. Singh is also the recipient of the DelhiRatna Award for his valuable contribution to Delhi. Kumar Mangalam Birla ProfileBorn: June 14, 1967Achievement: Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group; Vhosen as Ernst &Young Entrepreneur of the Year - India in 2005Kumar Mangalam Birla is the Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group. Thegroup is Indias third largest business house. Major companies of
  • 25. Aditya Birla Group in India are Grasim, Hindalco, UltraTech Cement,Aditya Birla Nuvo and Idea Cellular. Aditya Birla Groups joint venturesinclude Birla Sun Life (Financial Services) and Birla NGK (Insulators).The group also has its presence in various countries such asThailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Egypt, Canada, China andAustralia.Born on June 14, 1967, Kumar Mangalam Birla spent the early of hislife in Calcutta and Mumbai. He is a Chartered Accountant and did hisMBA (Masters in Business Administration) from the London BusinessSchool, London. Kumar Mangalam Birla took over as Chairman in1995, at the age of 28, after sudden demise of his father, notedindustrialist Aditya Birla, after whom the group is named.When Kumar Mangalam Birla assumed the mantle at the Aditya BirlaGroup, Doubts were raised about his ability to handle a giant businesshouse with interests spanning viscose, textiles and garments on theone hand and cement, aluminium and fertilisers on the other. ButKumar Mangalam proved his skeptics wrong. He brought in radicalchanges, changed business strategies, professionalised the entiregroup and replaced internal systems. Kumar Mangalam reduced hisgroups dependence on the cyclic commodities sectors by enteringconsumer products.Under Kumar Mangalam Birlas leadership, the Aditya Birla Group,apart from consolidating its position in existing businesses, alsoventured into sunrise sectors like cellular telephony, assetmanagement, software and BPO.Kumar Mangalam Birla also holds several key positions on variousregulatory and professional boards, including chairmanship of theadvisory committee constituted by the ministry of company affairs for
  • 26. 2006 and 2007, membership of the prime minister of Indias advisorycouncil on trade and industry, chairmanship of the board of tradereconstituted by the union minister of commerce and industry, andmembership of the Central Board of Directors of the Reserve Bank ofIndia.Kumar Mangalam Birla has won several honors. Major among theminclude The Business Leader of the Year (2003) by The EconomicTimes, Business Man of the Year - 2003 by Business India, and TheErnst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year - India in 2005. Lalit Suri ProfileAchievement: Chairman of the Bharat Hotels chain and the singlelargest hotel owner.Lalit Suri can be called as the uncrowned hotel king of India. He is theChairman of the Bharat Hotels chain and is the single-largest hotelowner with over 1600 rooms. Bharat Hotels chain comprises sevenhotels which include the flagship InterContinental The Grand in Delhi,and six Grand hotels in Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore, Srinagar, Udaipurand Khajuraho.Lalit Suri is an alumnus of St Columbus and Sri Ram College ofCommerce, New Delhi. He represented both his school and college inswimming and athletics at the state level. Lalit Suri was trained as anautomobile engineer and started his career manufacturing vehiclebodies. He commissioned his first hotel in Delhi in 1988. Since thenthere has been no looking back.In the last few years Bharat Hotels has invested Rs 500 crore on itsproperties in Mumbai and Goa. In addition, the group has spent Rs 42
  • 27. crore on a 30-year lease on the former Bangalore Ashok, and a furtherRs 40 crore on renovations. Lalit Suri is currently on an expansionmode. Sites for hotels have been identified and negotiated in Amritsar,Ahmedabad and Jaipur, while search is on for the right locations inChennai and Hyderabad. In the first phase hotels will be constructedin Amritsar, Ahmedabad, and Jaipur adding 400-600 rooms to theGrand chain, while the next phase in Chennai, and Hyderabad) willtake the tally up by another 500 five-star deluxe rooms.Apart from a successful businessman, Lalit Suri is also an avidtraveler and an art lover. Presently, he is also a Rajya Sabha MP. M.S. Oberoi ProfileBorn: August 15, 1898Achievement: Founder of the Oberoi Group of Hotels; Honored withPadma Bhushan in 2001.M.S. Oberoi can be aptly termed as the father of the Indian hotelindustry. Rai Bahadur Mohan Singh Oberoi was among the first torecognize the potential of the tourism industry, its ability to contributeto Indias economic growth and generate direct and indirectemployment. He worked tirelessly to put Indian hotel industry onglobal tourism map.M.S. Oberoi was born on August 15, 1898, in the erstwhile undividedPunjab, now in Pakistan. He did his early schooling in Rawalpindi andcompleted his graduation from Lahore. In 1922, to escape theepidemic of Plague, he came to Shimla, and got a job of front deskclerk, at The Cecil Hotel at a salary of Rs 50 per month.M.S. Oberoi was a quick learner and shouldered many additional
  • 28. responsibilities along with the job of desk clerk. M. S. Oberoisdiligence prompted Mr. Clarke to request Mohan Singh Oberoi toassist him when he acquired Clarkes Hotel. At the Clarkes Hotel, M.S.Oberoi gained first hand experience in all aspects of hotel operations.In 1934, M.S. Oberoi acquired The Clarkes Hotel from his mentor, bymortgaging his wifes jewelry and all his assets. In 1938, he signed alease to takeover operations of the five hundred room Grand Hotel inCalcutta, which was up for sale following a cholera epidemic.In 1943, Rai Bahadur Mohan Singh Oberoi, acquired the controllinginterest in the Associated Hotels of India (AHI) which owned the Cecil,and Corstophans in Shimla, the Maidens and the Imperial in Delhi,and a hotel each in Lahore, Murree, Rawalpindi and Peshawar. Hethus became the first Indian to run the largest and finest hotel chain.In 1959, The Oberoi Group became the first group to start flightcatering operations in India. In 1965, M.S. Oberoi opened the firstmodern, five star international hotel in the country, The OberoiIntercontinental, in Delhi. In 1966 he established the prestigiousOberoi School of Hotel Management, recognized by the InternationalHotel Association in Paris. In 1973, The Oberoi Group opened the 35storey Oberoi Sheraton in Mumbai. Rai Bahadur M.S. Oberoi was thefirst to employ women in the hospitality sector.Today, The Oberoi Group owns or manages 37 luxury and first classinternational hotels in seven countries.M.S. Oberoi was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1962 and in 1972. Hewas also elected to the Lok Sabha in 1968.M.S. Oberoi was recipient of many awards and honours. In 1943, he
  • 29. was conferred the title of Rai Bahadur by the British Government.Other honors include admission to the Hall of Fame by the AmericanSociety of Travel Agents (ASTA); Man of The World by theInternational Hotel Association (IHA) New York; named by Newsweekas one of the "Elite Winners of 1978" and the PHDCCI Millenniumaward in 2000. M.S. Oberoi was honored with Padma Bhushan in2001.M.S. Oberoi passed away on May 3, 2002 at the age of 103. Mukesh Ambani ProfileBorn: April 19, 1957Achievement: Chairman and Managing Director of RelianceIndustries Limited, Indias largest private sector company; Chosen asET Business Leader of the Year 2006; Ranked 42nd among theWorlds Most Respected Business Leaders and second among thefour Indian CEOs featured in a survey conducted byPricewaterhouseCoopers and published in Financial Times, London,November 2004.Mukesh Ambani is the face of new emerging India. He is theChairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries Limited,Indias largest private sector company.Mukesh Ambani was born on April 19, 1957 in Mumbai. His fatherDhirubhai Ambani was then a small businessman who later on rose tobecome one of the legends of Indian industry. Mukesh Ambani did hisBachelors in Chemical Engineering from University of Bombay andMasters in Business Administration from Stanford University, USA.Mukesh Ambani joined Reliance in 1981 and was the brain behind
  • 30. Reliances backward integration from textiles into polyester fibres andfurther into petrochemicals. During the process of backwardintegration, Mukesh Ambani led the creation of 51 new, world-classmanufacturing facilities involving diverse technologies that raisedReliances manufacturing capacities manifold.Worlds largest grassroots petroleum refinery at Jamnagar is thebrainchild of Mukesh Ambani. He was also the incharge of Dhirubhaisdream project Reliance Infocomm. But after the split in the RelianceEmpire, Reliance Infocomm went to his brother Anil Ambani. MukeshAmbani is now planning to enter retail sector in a big way. He hasplans to establish big retail stores all over the country. Recently, healso entered into an agreement with Haryana Government to establisha Special Economic Zone (SEZ) with an investment running intothousands of crores.Mukesh Ambani has many achievements and honours to his name.Mukesh Ambani was chosen as the ET Business leader of the Year2006. He was ranked 42nd among the Worlds Most RespectedBusiness Leaders and second among the four Indian CEOs featuredin a survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers and published inFinancial Times, London, November 2004. He was conferred theWorld Communication Award for the Most Influential Person inTelecommunications in 2004 by Total Telecom, October, 2004.Mukesh Ambani was also conferred the Asia Society LeadershipAward by the Asia Society, Washington D.C., USA, Nandan Nilekani ProfileAchievement: CEO and Managing Director of the Infosys; Conferredthe Padma Bhushan in 2006.
  • 31. Nandan Nilekani is the CEO and managing director of the Infosys.Along with Narayan Murthy, he was one of the co-founders of Infosys.He has served as a director on the companys board since itsinception in 1981. Before assuming the post of CEO in March 2002,Nandan Nilekani held the post of Managing Director, President andChief Operating Officer.Nandan Nilekani was born in Bangalore. His father Mohan Nilekaniwas a manager in Minerva Mills. Nandan Nilekani had his initialschooling in Bangalore. Due to his fathers transferable job Nandanmoved to his uncles place at Dharwad at the age of 12. This taughtNandan Nilekani to be independent. In 1973, at the age of 18, NandanNilekani got admission in IIT Mumbai. The stint at IIT Mumbaitransformed Nandan Nilekani from a small town boy to a confidentmature man. The lessons he learnt here-meritocracy; the ability towork as part of a team; hard work; and the importance of giving backto the society-have stood him in good stead.After graduating in electrical engineering from IIT Mumbai in 1978,Nandan Nilekani joined Patni Computers. Here he worked underNarayan Murthy. Three years later in 1981, Nandan Nilekani alongwith Narayan Murthy and five other co-founders founded Infosys.While Narayan Murthy stayed in India, Nandan Nilekani shifted to theUS to take care of Infosys interests there. He was the companysmarketing face.In 1980s and 90s Nandan Nilekani and his team worked hard to buildInfosys. Today Infosys success story has become a legend in Indiascorporate history. Today, Infosys has an employee strength of 58,000,annual revenue of $2 billion and $21 billion capitalization.Nandan Nilekani is recipient of several honors and awards. In January
  • 32. 2006, Nandan became one of the youngest entrepreneurs to join 20global leaders on the prestigious World Economic Forum (WEF)Foundation Board. He figures among one of the 100 most influentialpeople in the world by Time Magazine, 2006. In 2005 he was awardedthe prestigious Joseph Schumpeter prize for innovative services infield of economy, economic sciences and politics. In 2006, NandanNilekani was conferred the Padma Bhushan, one of the highestcivilian honors of India. Narayana Murthy ProfileBorn: August 20, 1946Achievement: One of the founders of Infosys Technologies Limited;Chosen as the World Entrepreneur of the Year - 2003 by Ernst andYoungNarayana Murthy is the Non-Executive Chairman and Chief Mentor ofInfosys Technologies Limited. He is a living legend and an epitome ofthe fact that honesty, transparency, and moral integrity are not atvariance with business acumen. He set new standards in corporategovernance and morality when he stepped down as the ExecutiveChairman of Infosys at the age of 60.Born on August 20, 1946, N.R. Narayana Murthy is a B.E. Electricalfrom University of Mysore (1967) and M.Tech from IIT Kanpur (1969).Narayan Murthy began his career with Patni Computer Systems inPune. In 1981, Narayana Murthy founded Infosys with six othersoftware professionals. In 1987, Infosys opened its first internationaloffice in U.S.A.With the liberalization of Indian economy in 1990s, Infosys grewrapidly. In 1993, the company came up with its IPO. In 1995, Infosysset up development centers across cities in India and in 1996, it set up
  • 33. its first office in Europe in Milton Keynes, UK. In 1999, Infosys becamethe first Indian company to be listed on NASDAQ. Today (in 2006),Infosys has a turnover of more than $ 2billion and has employeestrength of over 50,000. In 2002, Infosys was ranked No. 1 in the"Best Employers in India 2002" survey conducted by Hewitt and in theBusiness Worlds survey of "Indias Most Respected Company."Conducted in the same year.Along with the growth of Infosys, Narayana Moorthy too has grown instature. He has received many honors and awards. In June 2000,Asiaweek magazine featured him in a list of Asias 50 Most PowerfulPeople. In 2001, Narayana Murthy was named by TIME/CNN as oneof the 25 most influential global executives. He was the first recipientof the Indo-French Forum Medal (2003) and was voted the WorldEntrepreneur of the Year - 2003 by Ernst and Young. The Economistranked Narayana Murthy eighth on the list of the 15 most admiredglobal leaders (2005) and Narayan Murthy also topped the EconomicTimes Corporate Dossier list of Indias most powerful CEOs for twoconsecutive years - 2004 and 2005. Naresh Goyal Profilechievement: Founder Chairman of Jet Airways; Recipient of the first BM Munjal Award forExcellence in Learning & Development in the Private Sector category in 2006.Naresh Goyal is the founder Chairman of Jet Airways, Indias largest domestic airline. JetAirways presently operates over 320 flights daily to 48 destinations, of which five areinternational. Naresh Goel also figures in Forbes list of Indian billionaires.Naresh Goyal completed his graduation in Commerce in 1967 and joined the travel businesswith the GSA for Lebanese International Airlines. From 1967 to 1974 he learnt the intricacies ofthe travel business through his association with several foreign airlines.In May 1974, Naresh Goyal founded Jetair (Private) Limited to look after Sales and Marketingoperations of foreign airlines in India. Naresh Goyal was involved in developing studies of trafficpatterns, route structures, and operational economics and flight scheduling. His rich and variedexperience made him an authority in the world of aviation and travel.
  • 34. In 1991, when the Indian economy was being opened up, Naresh Goyal took advantage ofOpen Skies Policy of the Government of India and set up Jet Airways for the operation ofscheduled air services on domestic sectors in India. Jet Airways started commercial operationson May 05, 1993.Today, Jet Airways has evolved into Indias largest private domestic airline. Jet Airways hasbeen voted Indias "Best Domestic Airline" by several organisations of world-class repute. In2005, Jet Airways came up with an IPO and it was a huge success. Jet Airways was recently incontroversy over its merger deal with Air Sahara. The merger was called off and the too airlinesare currently considering arbitration.Along with Jets meteoric rise, Naresh Goyal too rose in the entrepreneurial arena. He has wonseveral honors and accolades. These include Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Services fromErnst & Young in 2000, Distinguished Alumni Award-2000 for meritorious and distinguishedperformance as an Entrepreneur, Outstanding Asian-Indian award for leadership andcontribution to the global community given by the Indian American Centre for PoliticalAwareness, Aerospace Laurels for outstanding contribution in the field of Commercial AirTransport twice, in April 2000 and February 2004. Naresh Goyal also received the first BMMunjal Award for Excellence in Learning & Development in the Private Sector category in 2006. Naresh Goyal ProfileAchievement: Founder Chairman of Jet Airways; Recipient of the first BM Munjal Award forExcellence in Learning & Development in the Private Sector category in 2006.Naresh Goyal is the founder Chairman of Jet Airways, Indias largest domestic airline. JetAirways presently operates over 320 flights daily to 48 destinations, of which five areinternational. Naresh Goel also figures in Forbes list of Indian billionaires.Naresh Goyal completed his graduation in Commerce in 1967 and joined the travel businesswith the GSA for Lebanese International Airlines. From 1967 to 1974 he learnt the intricacies ofthe travel business through his association with several foreign airlines.In May 1974, Naresh Goyal founded Jetair (Private) Limited to look after Sales and Marketingoperations of foreign airlines in India. Naresh Goyal was involved in developing studies of trafficpatterns, route structures, and operational economics and flight scheduling. His rich and variedexperience made him an authority in the world of aviation and travel.In 1991, when the Indian economy was being opened up, Naresh Goyal took advantage ofOpen Skies Policy of the Government of India and set up Jet Airways for the operation ofscheduled air services on domestic sectors in India. Jet Airways started commercial operationson May 05, 1993.
  • 35. Today, Jet Airways has evolved into Indias largest private domestic airline. Jet Airways hasbeen voted Indias "Best Domestic Airline" by several organisations of world-class repute. In2005, Jet Airways came up with an IPO and it was a huge success. Jet Airways was recently incontroversy over its merger deal with Air Sahara. The merger was called off and the too airlinesare currently considering arbitration.Along with Jets meteoric rise, Naresh Goyal too rose in the entrepreneurial arena. He has wonseveral honors and accolades. These include Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Services fromErnst & Young in 2000, Distinguished Alumni Award-2000 for meritorious and distinguishedperformance as an Entrepreneur, Outstanding Asian-Indian award for leadership andcontribution to the global community given by the Indian American Centre for PoliticalAwareness, Aerospace Laurels for outstanding contribution in the field of Commercial AirTransport twice, in April 2000 and February 2004. Naresh Goyal also received the first BMMunjal Award for Excellence in Learning & Development in the Private Sector category in 2006. Dr. Pratap Reddy Profilechievement: Founder of the Apollo Hospital GroupDr. Pratap Reddy is the founder of the Apollo Hospital Group, Indias first corporate hospitalgroup. He revolutionized the whole health care scenario of India and inspired others to followthe suit. Today, India has over 750 corporate hospitals all over the country.Dr. Pratap Reddy came to India after serving as the Chief Resident of the Worcenter CityHospital in the US to start his practice in Madras with a modest earning of Rs 100/- per day. Theidea to establish Apollo Group of Hospitals came when Dr. Reddy lost a patient who couldntmake it to Texas for an open heart surgery. This inspired Dr. Pratap Reddy to create world-classmedical infrastructure in India and make it more accessible and affordable to common people.Dr. Reddys efforts bore fruit when he succeeded in setting up the first center of the ApolloHospitals Group in Chennai in 1983.Dr, Pratap Reddy soon followed this with India s first hospital consultancy body - the IndianHospitals Corporation - and commissioned two more Tertiary Care Centers in India. Since itsinception, Apollo has demonstrated that Indian skills are equivalent to the best centers in theworld and has produced world-class results in the most complicated Cadaver Transplant.Today, the Apollo Hospitals Group has over 22 centers in major cities in India and a combinedturnover of over US $ 100 million.Dr Reddy is now spreading Apollo Hospitals Group to other parts of Asia. The group opened itsfirst clinic in Dubai in March 1999 and is coming up with projects in Sri Lanka, Africa,Bangladesh, and Oman. Dr. Reddy is currently looking at secondary health centers in semiurban and smaller cities and has already identified 23 sites for the purpose.Dr. Pratap Reddys latest initiatives are "Med Varsity"-a virtual medical university providing total
  • 36. access to experts in the field of medicine anywhere in the world- and "MEDNET" - HospitalSystems Management package. Both the initiatives are expected to transform health caresector in India. Rahul Bajaj ProfileAchievement: Chairman of the Bajaj GroupRahul Bajaj is the Chairman of the Bajaj Group, which ranks among the top 10 business housesin India. The Bajaj Group has diversified interests ranging from automobiles, home appliances,lighting, iron and steel, insurance, travel and finance. Rahul Bajaj is one of Indias mostdistinguished business leaders and internationally respected for his business acumen andentrepreneurial spirit.Rahul Bajaj is an alumnus of Harvard, St. Stephens and Cathedral. He took over the reins ofBajaj Group in 1965. Under his stewardship, the turnover of the Bajaj Auto the flagship companyhas risen from Rs.72 million to Rs.46.16 billion. Rahul Bajaj created one of Indias bestcompanies in the difficult days of the licence-permit raj. He established factories at Akurdi andWaluj. In 1980s Bajaj Auto was top scooter producer in India and its Chetak brand had a 10-year waiting period.The initiation of liberalization in India posed great challenges for Bajaj Auto. Liberalisationbrought the threat of cheap imports and FDI from top companies like Honda. Rahul Bajajbecame famous as the head of the Bombay Club, which opposed liberalization. The scootersails plummeted as people were more interested in motorcycles and the rival Hero Honda was apioneer in it.The recession and stock market collapse of 2001 hit the company hard and it was predicted thatthe days of Bajaj Auto were numbered. However, Bajaj Auto re-invented itself, established aworld-class factory in Chakan, invested in R&D and came up with Bajaj Pulsar Motorcycle. BajajPulsar is currently a leader in its segment.Recently, Rahul Bajaj was elected to Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra. Ramalinga Raju ProfileBorn: September 16, 1954Achievement: Founder and Chairman of Satyam Computer Services Ltd; Chosen as Ernst &Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Services in 1999Ramalinga Raju is one of the pioneers of the Information Technology industry in India. He is thefounder and Chairman of Satyam Computer Services Ltd.
  • 37. Ramalinga Raju was born on September 16, 1954 in a family of farmers. He did his B. Comfrom Andhra Loyola College at Vijayawada and subsequently did his MBA from Ohio University,USA. Ramalinga Raju had a stint at Harvard too. He attended the Owner / President course atHarvard.After returning to India in 1977, Ramalinga Raju moved away from the traditional agriculturebusiness and set up a spinning and weaving mill named Sri Satyam. . Thereafter he shifted tothe real estate business and started a construction company called Satyam Constructions. In1987, Ramalinga Raju founded Satyam Computer Services along with one of his brothers-in-law, DVS Raju. The company went public in 1992. With the launch of Satyam Infoway (Sify)Satyam became one of the first to enter Indian internet service market. Today, Satyam has aglobal presence and serves 44 Fortune 500 and over 390 multinational corporations.Ramalinga Raju has won several awards and honors. These include Ernst & YoungEntrepreneur of the Year for Services in 1999, Dataquest IT Man of the Year in 2000, CNBCsAsian Business Leader - Corporate Citizen of the Year award in 2002 and E&Y Entrepreneur ofthe Year Award in 2007.The ever-soaring share prices of Satyam witnessed a sharp decline in December 2008,following a failed acquisition attempt involving Maytas, a company owned by Rajus family. InJanuary 2009, Raju resigned as the Chairman of Satyam after he admitted to major financialwrong-doings. In Januray 2009, Raju confessed of his involvement in inflating the profits of thecompany for the past couple of years. The 7,800-crore fraud started with an initial cover-up for apoor quarterly performance and assumed massive proportion, with time. Ratan Tata ProfileBorn: December 28, 1937Achievement: Honored with Padma Bhushan, one of the highest civilian awards in 2000.Ratan Tata is presently the Chairman of Tata Sons, the holding company of the Tata Group.Ratan Naval Tata is also the Chairman of the major Tata companies such as Tata Steel, TataMotors, Tata Power, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Tea, Tata Chemicals, Indian Hotels andTata Teleservices. He has taken Tata Group to new heights and under his leadership Groupsrevenues have grown manifold.Ratan Tata was born on December 28, 1937, in Bombay. He received a Bachelor of Sciencedegree in architecture from Cornell University in 1962. Ratan Tata had a short stint with Jonesand Emmons in Los Angeles, California, before returning to India in late 1962. He joined theTata Group and was assigned to various companies before being appointed director-in-chargeof The National Radio & Electronics Company (NELCO) in 1971. Ratan Tata was appointedChairman of Tata Industries in 1981. He was assigned the task of transforming the companyinto a Group strategy think-tank, and a promoter of new ventures in high technologybusinesses.
  • 38. In 1991, Ratan Tata took over the Chairmanship from JRD Tata. Under him Tata ConsultancyServices went public and Tata Motors was listed in the New York Stock Exchange. In 1998,Tata Motors came up with Tata Indica, the first truly Indian car. The car was the brainchild ofRatan Tata.Ratan Tata was honored with Padma Bhushan, one of the highest civilian awards in 2000. Hewas also conferred an honorary doctorate in business administration by Ohio State University,an honorary doctorate in technology by the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, and anhonorary doctorate in science by the University of Warwick. Raunaq Singh ProfileBorn: 1922Achievement: Founder of Raunaq Group; Elected as a member of the Executive Board of theInternational Chamber of Commerce, ParisRaunaq Singh was one of the earliest entrepreneurs of independent India who made it big. Hewas the founder of Raunaq group. The Raunaq Groups major companies include Apollo TyresLtd, Bharat Gears Ltd, Bharat Steel Tubes Ltd, Raunaq International Ltd, Menarini RaunaqPharma Ltd, and Raunaq Automotive Components Ltd.Raunaq Singh was born in 1922. After initial struggle he went on to become a powerful figure incorporate India. At one point of time in his life he could afford only one paisa a day for mealsand when he retired his group was employing 9000 people on his payroll.Raunaq Singh was a great advocate of economic liberalization and globalization of the Indianbusiness. He worked tirelessly to put the Indian industry on the global map. He held several keyleadership positions in Industry & Trade Associations. These included President Federation ofIndian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), President The Associated Chambers ofCommerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), Chairman Engineering Export PromotionCouncil (EEPC), Chairman Automotive Tyre Manufacturers Association, and PresidentFederation of Indian Export Organization.Raunaq Singh won several awards for his entrepreneurship. He was often referred as "Mr.Exporter", because of his inclination for exports and export promotion for Indian Industry.Raunaq Singh also won international recognition for his entrepreneurial skills. was elected as amember of the Executive Board of the International Chamber of Commerce, Paris for a three-year term.Raunaq Singh died on September 30, 2002. Shiv Nadar Profile
  • 39. Achevement: Chief Executive Officer of Hindustan Computers Limited (HCL), Indias largestinfotech conglomerateShiv Nadar is the Chief Executive Officer of Hindustan Computers Limited (HCL), Indias largestinfotech conglomerate. He figures in the Forbes list of Indian billionaires.Originally hailing from Moolaipozhi Village,Trichendur,Tutocorin District, Tamil Nadu, Shiv Nadarmoved to Delhi in 1968. He worked as an engineer with DCM Ltd. But the entrepreneur in ShivNadar wanted to set up his own business. Therefore, he along with six of his colleagueslaunched a firm making office products like copiers.In late 1970s, when IBM quit India, Shiv Nadars HCL stepped in to fill the vacuum. In 1982,HCL came out with its first computer. Today, HCL derives 80% of its revenue from computersand office equipment. HCL has also been spreading its global reach. Its Singapore subsidiary,Far East Computers, achieved a breakthrough in imaging technology, which, among otherapplications, enables computers to read handwritten tax returns.HCL has adopted innovative practices to achieve growth. In the U.S, a software subsidiary, HCLAmerica, has reaped huge dividends by taking advantage of global time zones. Every morning,the companys Chennai office receives software assignments from the U.S, just after work stopsthere for the night. A team of Indian engineers, with salaries much lower than those of theirAmerican counterparts, complete the jobs and send them back in the evening.In a short span of time, Shiv Nadar has reached pinnacle of success by his hardwork, vision,and entrepreneurial spirit. Subhash Chandra ProfileAchievement: Founder of Zee TV, Indias first private TV channelSubhash Chandra is the founder of Zee TV, Indias first private TV channel. This onetime ricetrader from Hissar, Haryana has today transformed into a media baron and his other interestsinclude packaging, theme parks, lotteries and cinema multiplexes.Subhash Chandra launched Zee Telefilms Limited in October 1992 as a content supplier for ZeeTV - Indias first Hindi satellite channel. Subash Chandra was the first in India who sought toharness the huge business potential of satellite television channels. Before the launch of ZeeTV viewers in India were under the firm grip of Doordarshan, the state-controlled terrestrialnetwork. It was Subhash Chandras vision that helped give birth to the satellite TV industry inIndia and inspired others to follow suit.After the launch of Zee TV, he commenced Siticable operations in 1995 and also started a jointventure with News Corp. In 1995, he launched two new channels, Zee News and Zee Cinema.In 2000, Zee TV became the first cable company in India to launch Internet over Cable services.
  • 40. In 2003, Zee TV became the first service provider in India to launch Direct to Home (DTH)services. In a short span of time Zee TV has become a big media and has give toughcompetition to international media moghuls such as Rupert Murdoch.Subhash Chandras meteoric rise in the past decade is somewhat similar to the rise ofDhirubhai Ambani in 1980s and 1990s. Subroto Roy ProfileAchievement: Chairman of the Sahara GroupSubroto Roy, is the head of the $10bn (£5.5bn) Sahara Group. Sahara Group has interests inbanking, aviation, media and housing.Subroto Roy began his journey in 1978, when he founded Sahara in 1978 with three workers inthe northern state of Uttar Pradesh as a small deposits para-banking business. Today, thegroup has diversified into a giant business conglomerate with interests in housing,entertainment, media and aviation.Sahara Group presently runs a private airline, entertainment and news television channels, anewspaper, and claims to own some 33,000 acres of real estate across India. It also sponsorsthe Indian cricket and hockey teams and intends to move into life insurance, housing finance,consumer products, sportswear, and healthcare.Sahara Group has come up with one of the most prestigious real estate projects in India,namely Amby Valley Project. The project boasts some of the biggest name in Indianentertainment and sports arena as well as some former international Olympic medal winners asits brand ambassadors. Sahara Airline was recently in news for its merger with Jet Airlines. Butthe deal fell through.Sahara Group has a huge complex in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. The complex is known asSahara City. Subrato Roy is famous for his flamboyant lifestyle. The wedding of his two sonsbecame talk of the town. The whos who of Indian elite attended it and its expenditure ran intohundreds of crores. Subroto Roy calls himself as the groups "chief guardian". Sunil Mittal ProfileAchievement: Chairman and Managing Director of Bharti Group, Indias largest GSM-basedmobile phone service provider; IT Man of the Year Award 2002 from Dataquest and CEO Of theYear, 2002 Award from World HRD Congress.
  • 41. Sunil Mittal can be called as originator of cellular phone revolution in India. He is the founder,Chairman and Managing Director of Bharti Group and runs Indias largest GSM-based mobilephone service.Sunil Bharti Mittals father was an M.P. Sunil did not followed his fathers footsteps. Aftergraduating from Punjab University in 1970s, he set up a small bicycle business in Ludhiana inpartnership with his friend. By 1979, Sunil Mittal realized that his ambitions could not be fulfilledin Ludhiana, so he moved out to Mumbai from Ludhiana.He spent a few years in Mumbai and in 1982, Sunil Mittal started a full-fledged business sellingportable generators imported from Japan. This gave him a chance to acquaint himself with thenitty-grittys of marketing and advertising. His business was running smoothly but later on thegovernment banned the import of generators as two Indian companies were awarded licensesto manufacture generators locally.In 1986, Sunil Bharti Mittal incorporated Bharti Telecom Limited (BTL) and entered into atechnical tie up with Siemens AG of Germany for manufacture of electronic push button phones.Gradually he expanded his business and by early 1990s, Sunil Mittal was making fax machines,cordless phones and other telecom gear.In 1992, when the Indian government was awarding licenses for mobile phone services for thefirst time, Sunil Mittal clinched Delhi cellular license in collaboration with French telecom groupVivendi. In 1995, Sunil Mittal founded Bharti Cellular Limited (BCL) to offer cellular servicesunder the brand name AirTel. Soon, Bharti became the first telecom company to cross the 2-million mobile subscriber mark. Bharti Cellular Limited also rolled out Indias first private nationalas well as international long-distance service under the brand name IndiaOne. In 2001, BCLentered into a joint venture with Singapore Telecom International for a $650-million submarinecable project, Indias first ever undersea cable link connecting Chennai in India and Singapore.Today, Sunil Mittal runs a successful empire with a market capitalization of approximately $ 2billion and employing over 5,000 people. He has been honored with several awards. Sunil BhartiMittal was chosen as one of the top entrepreneurs in the world for the year 2000 and amongstStars Of Asia, by Business Week. He also received IT Man of the Year Award 2002 fromDataquest and CEO Of the Year, 2002 Award (World HRD Congress). Tulsi Tanti ProfileAchievement: Chairman of Suzlon Energy Ltd, Ranks among top 10 richest men of India.Tulsi Tanti is the Chairman of Suzlon Energy Ltd, a company dealing in wind energy. He is oneof those first time entrepreneurs who saw potential in an inchoate idea, ventured into it, andmade it big. Today, he ranks among top 10 richest men of India.
  • 42. A commerce graduate and a diploma holder in mechanical engineering, Tulsi Tanti originallyhails from Gujarat and is presently based in Pune, Maharashtra. Tulsi Tanti was earlier intotextiles. He started his textile business in Gujarat. But he found that the prospects stunted dueto infrastructural bottlenecks. The biggest of them all was the cost and unavailability of power,which formed a high proportion of operating expenses of textile industry.In 1990, Tulsi Tanti invested in two windmills and realized its huge potential. In 1995, he formedSuzlon and gradually quit textiles. Suzlon Energy is the sixth largest wind energy company inthe world and the largest in Asia. It is presently building what will be among the worlds largestwind parks of its kind at 1,000 MW capacity.Suzlon is currently concentrating on global expansion drive. It recently acquired HansenTransmissions, a Belgian maker of wind-turbine gearboxes. Suzlon is also building a rotor-bladefactory in Minnesota and has invested $60m in a factory in Tianjin, China. Tulsi Tanti is poisedto make India a wind-power export hub. Verghese Kurien ProfileBorn: November 26, 1921Achievement: Known as the "father of the white revolution" in India; Winner of RamonMagsaysay Award; Awarded with Padma Shri (1965), Padma Bhushan (1966), and PadmaVibhushan (1999).Dr. Verghese Kurien is better known as the "father of the white revolution" in India. He is alsocalled as the Milkman of India. Dr. Varghese Kurien was the architect behind the success of thelargest dairy development program in the world, christened as Operation Flood. He was thechairman of the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd. (GCMMF) and his namewas synonymous with the Amul brand.Born on November 26, 1921 in Kozhikode, Kerala, Dr. Verghese Kurien graduated with Physicsfrom Loyola College, Madras in 1940. Subsequently, he did his B.E.(Mechanical) from theMadras University and went to USA on a government scholarship to do his Masters inMechanical Engineering from Michigan State University. In between, he completed specialstudies in engineering at the Tata Iron and Steel Company Institute at Jamshedpur, Bihar, inFebruary 1946 and underwent nine months of specialized training in dairy engineering at theNational Dairy Research Institute of Bangalore.Dr. Verghese Kurien returned from America in 1948 and joined the Dairy Department of theGovernment of India. In May 1949, he was posted as Dairy Engineer at the GovernmentResearch Creamery, a small milk-powder factory, in Anand, Gujarat. Around this time, the newlyformed cooperative dairy, Kaira District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Limited((KDCMPUL), was engaged in battle of survival with the privately owned Polson Dairy, whichwas a giant in its field. Enthused by the challenge, Dr. Verghese Kurien left his government joband volunteered to help Shri Tribhuvandas Patel, the Chairman of KDCMPUL, to set up a
  • 43. processing plant. This led to the birth of AMUL and the rest is history.In 1965, the then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, created the National Dairy DevelopmentBoard (NDDB) under the leadership of Dr. Verghese Kurien to replicate the success story ofAmul throughout the country. In 1973, Dr. Kurien set up GCMMF (Gujarat Cooperative MilkMarketing Federation) to market the products produced by the dairies. Under Dr. Kuriensstewardship India became the as the largest producer of milk in the world,During his illustrious career, Dr. Verghese Kurien won many accolades and awards. Theseinclude: Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership (1963), Padma Shri (1965),Padma Bhushan (1966), Krishi Ratna Award (1986), Wateler Peace Prize Award of CarnegieFoundation (1986), World Food Prize Laureate (1989), International Person of the Year(1993)by the World Dairy Expo, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, and Padma Vibhushan (1999). Vijay Mallya ProfileAchievement: Chairman of the United Beverages (UB) Group; Launched a new domesticairline called Kingfisher Airline; Rajya Sabha M.P.Vijay Mallya is the Chairman of the United Beverages (UB) Group. He recently launched a newdomestic airline called Kingfisher Airline which is making great waves. Vijay Mallya is famous forhis flamboyant and flashy lifestyle.Vijay Mallya is the son of a famous industrialist Vittal Mallya. He assumed the Chairman of theUB Group in 1983 and took the company to great heights. Under his dynamic leadership thegroup has grown into a multi-national conglomerate of over sixty companies. During thisprocess United Beverages acquired several companies abroad. The UB Group has diversifiedbusiness interests ranging from alcoholic beverages to life sciences, engineering, agriculture,chemicals, information technology and leisure.In 2005, Vijay Mallya established Kingfisher Airlines. In a short span of time Kingfisher Airlinehas carved a niche for itself. It was the first airline in India to operate with all new aircrafts.Kingfisher Airlines is also the first Indian airline to order the Airbus A380.Vijay Mallya has other interests too apart from business. He has won trophies in professionalcar racing circuits and is a keen yachtsman and aviator. Vijay Mallya has also won numeroustrophies in horse racing including several prestigious Derbies.In 2000, Vijay Mallya entered politics superceded Subramaniam Swamy as the president ofJanata Party. Presently, he is a Rajya Sabha M.P.
  • 44. Mallika SrinivasanEconomic Times Businesswoman of the year 2006, she is a well known entrepreneur of India.She has always strived hard to reach for skies, but has deeply rooted her foot into the ground.She is a strong headed woman, who is leading the activities of a Company that is involved inmacho business such as tractor manufacturing. She has been able to rise and stand out aboveall others and make a name for herself in the competitive business world of today. Well, we aretalking about Mallika Srinivasan, director of the Rs 2500 crore Amalgamations Group Tafe.Mallika Srinivasan is one of the most successful women CEOs in India. In this article, we willpresent you with the biography of Mallika Srinivasan, so read on…Life HistoryBorn on November 19, 1959 as the eldest daughter of industrialist A Sivasailam, she is the prideof her parents. She was always brilliant in academics. She did her in MA (econometrics) fromMadras University. Thereafter, she went abroad to pursue further studies. She did her MBAfrom the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Married to Venu Srinivasan, theCMD of TVS Motor, she is living happily with their two children.In the year 1986, she planned to join the family business. She was made the General Managerof Tafe (Tractors and Farm Equipment) Company. When she took over the responsibility offurthering the economic wealth and business, the turnover of the Company was Rs 85 cr. Underthe expert guidance of her father and the whole hearted support of the team, she brought abouta major transformation. She converted Tafe into a hi technology-oriented company, therebybecoming the initial choice of the farmers. There was a period, when the Company had to face atough time, however; even then, the Company invested a huge amount of over Rs 70 crore inthe designing and development of product.At present, the Company is earning a business over Rs 1,200 cr. It has been a long journey forthe Company, which has witnessed many ups and downs. But, it was the strong determinationof this courageous woman that slowly and steadily made the firm climb the ladders of success.Today, the Company has not only found a niche for itself as the leading tractor manufacturer,but also expanded its area of operations. It has also entered into others businesses likeengineering plastics, panel instruments, automotive batteries gears, hydraulic pumps, and farmimplements.The company has had a long alliance with Massey Ferguson, which is now a part of Agco. Thecompany is looking forward to exporting fully constructed tractors to Agco. Presently, Agro has astake of 24% in the company and the rest lies with Simpson & Co. Presently, Mallika Srinivasanis serving as the president of premier industrial bodies like Tractor Manufacturers Associationand the Madras Management Association. She is the first lady to have assumed the role of apresident of the Madras Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She is also a prominent memberof the governing board of the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
  • 45. Naina Lal KidwaiA prominent personality of the corporate world, she is the first woman to guide the functioning ofa foreign bank in India. At present, she is working as the Group General Manager and CountryHead of HSBC India. Well, we are talking about the corporate diva Naina Lal Kidwai. In thisarticle, we will present you with the biography of Naina Lal Kidwai.She was born in the year 1957. Raised in Mumbai and Delhi, she did her schooling from Simla.Alumna of Delhi University, she is the first Indian woman to have graduated from HarvardBusiness School. She is among the top business women of India, who have made it to the topwith their constant hard work and sincerity. To know the complete life history of Naina LalKidwai, read on.She began her career in the year 1982, when she joined the ANZ Grindlays Bank, which is nowknown as the Standard Chartered Bank. She took up a variety of banking assignments beforemoving to Morgan Stanleys India operation. She kept climbing the ladders of success. Sheplayed an important role in NYSE listing of Wipro. She was instrumental in facilitating thecellular phone services nationwide through a deal involving the Tatas and Birlas. LastNovember, she became the Managing Director of the HSBC bank.In the year 2000, the Fortune magazine declared her as the third most powerful businesswomanin Asia. She is the mother of two children, who is maintaining a great balance between work andhome. She is very fond of Indian classical as well as western music. She loves to go on trekkingtours to the Himalayas. She is a nature lover, who has a keen interest in observing the wildlife.For her praiseworthy work, Naina Lal Kidwai has received many accolades. Her commendablework has been given due recognition by honoring her with the Padmashri award. Shahnaz HussainShe is one of the most prominent personalities of the corporate world. She is making a constanteffort to beautify the skin of people with her beauty products. She has been continuously strivinghard to slow down the aging process and nourish the skin of people and thus make them lookyounger than their age. Well, we are talking about none other than the ruler of the beauty world,Shahnaz Hussain. In this article, we will present you with the biography of Shahnaz Hussain.She comes from a royal Muslim family and her father was a very powerful man. She did herschooling from the Irish convent. Since a very young age, she had an interest in poetry andEnglish literature. She grew up in a traditional family, but was privileged to receive moderneducation. She got married, when she was only fifteen years old. The next year after hermarriage, she became a mother.When she went to Teheran along with her husband, she developed a keen interest in beauty
  • 46. treatments. Eventually, she decided to study the cosmetology course. She wanted to be selfindependent and so she began writing articles for the Iran Tribune on varied subjects. Whilepursuing studies, she learnt about the harmful effects of chemicals on human body. She studiedAyurveda and believed that it is the best alternative to chemical cosmetics.After leaving Teheran, she took an extensive training in cosmetic therapy for a long period of 10years from the leading institutions of London, Paris, New York and Copenhagen. She returnedto India in the year 1977 and established her first beauty salon in her abode. Unlike othersalons, she did not use chemical cosmetics. Rather, she made use of Ayurvedic products thatare absolutely safe on the human body. She has ushered an era of herbal cosmetics. Theproducts launched by her Company head their way to leading global stores such as BloomingDales (New York), Harrods and Selfridges (London), Seibu (Japan), Galleries Lafayette (Paris),and La Rinaeccente (Milan).Her beauty products are very skin friendly and give a beautiful glowing look. She has not onlybeen able to tap the markets of India, but made her presence felt in international market too.Now, her aim is to set her foothold in the space. People who go to space usually suffer fromskin problems. At present, Shahnaz Hussain is focusing her attention on creating products thatcan prove to be beneficial for the astronauts. To know the complete life history of ShahnazHussain, read on.Her company Shahnaz Husain Herbals has witnessed tremendous growth throughout theseyears. She has launched more than 400 different kinds of beauty products. In the contemporarytimes, people are becoming more and more conscious about the way they look. It is here thatShahnaz Hussain comes to play a major role by providing people with products that can bringthe glow back to their skin.She has dominated the market from the USA to Asia. During 1990s, the average growth rate ofher company, which is based in New Delhi, was nearly 19.4%. In the year 2002, her Companytouched $100 million. Her works are real praiseworthy and have been appreciated all over theworld. She has received many awards such as "The Arch of Europe Gold Star for Quality", "The2000 Millennium Medal of Honor", "Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Award" and many more. Sulajja Firodia MotwaniJoint Managing Director of Kinetic Engineering Ltd, she is the in charge of the Companysoverall business developmental activities. She is also very well performing the role of theDirector of Kinetic Motor Company Limited and Kinetic Marketing Services Limited. Well, we aretalking about Sulajja Firodia Motwani. In this article, we will provide you with the biography ofSulajja Firodia Motwani, who has made an incredible contribution in making the firm reachheights of success.She is a fitness person, who is very conscious about her health. She is very particular aboutcarrying out one or the other activity for keeping fit and active. She has always been
  • 47. enthusiastic about sports, especially badminton. She has played badminton on the nationallevel. She is also very fond of pursuing adventurous sports like skiing & scuba diving. She triesto spend as much time as possible with her five year old son Sidhant. Read on to know thecomplete life history of Sulajja Firodia Motwani.Prior to joining Kinetic Company, Sulajja worked for a period of four years with a well knowninvestment analytics company, BARRA International, based in California. She has been anactive participant in setting the operations of the company in India. Throughout her studies, shehas been a rank holder. She has always cleared exams with merit. Her name appeared in thetoppers list in the SSC examinations and HSC examinations. She graduated from the PuneUniversity. Thereafter, she went to the United States for pursuing further studies. She is an MBAdegree holder from the reputed Carnegie Mellon University at Pittsburgh.She is an epitome of boldness and courage. With her strong determination and courage, shehas been able to establish a niche for the firm in the business world. The Company haswitnessed tremendous expansion during her tenure. From being a mere moped manufacturer,today, it has set its foothold in the industry as a manufacturer offering a complete range of twowheelers right from mopeds, scooters to motorcycles.This major transformation can be attributed to the new competitive business strategy that theCompany has adopted, which is driven by the market and customers. Kinetic Company hasbeen constantly coming up with new models to cater to all segments of the society. Sulajja hasbeen instrumental in designing and implementing the marketing strategies of the Company. Inthe recent times, Kinetic has collaborated with the well known Italian company, Italjet Moto. Thisacquisition has given full rights to the Kinetic Company to launch seven new scooter models inthe country.Kinetic is also working in partnership with Hyosung Motors of South Korea. This majorcollaboration has led to the launching of the most popular Kinetic Aquila and Comet. Thesemotorcycles are very much in demand. Sulajja has played an active role in plotting the course ofaction for the Kinetic Company. For her great job, she has received many accolades. She hasbeen called upon to deliver speech in a number of public forums."India Today", a well known magazine honored her by presenting her with the title of business"Face of the Millennium". It ranked her among the top twenty five business entrepreneurs of thecountry. She was presented with the Society Young Achievers Award for Business in the year2002. The same year, she was chosen as the "Global Leader of Tomorrow" by the WorldEconomic Forum. In the year 2003, the Institute of Marketing and Management bestowed herwith the award for excellent performance as the woman CEO. She also received the YoungSuper Achiever Award from the leading magazine "Business Today" in 2003. Shobhana Bhartia
  • 48. Born - 1957Achievements - Daughter of renowned industrialist KK Birla, Shobhana Bhartia is the vice-chairperson as well as the editorial director of the Hindustan Times group, which is amongIndias major newspaper and media houses. In the year 2001, she received the OutstandingBusiness Woman of the Year award.Born in the year 1957, the daughter of renowned industrialist KK Birla and grand daughter ofGD Birla, Shobhana Bhartia is the vice-chairperson as well as the editorial director of theHindustan Times group, which is among Indias major newspaper and media houses. This ladyholds the credit of raising Rs 400 Crore via public equity launch of the HT Media group in theyear 2005. Till the year 2004, the Birla family owned 75.36 per cent stake in HT Media.Heres more information about the biography of Shobhana Bhartia, who graduated from theCalcutta University and later, wedded Shyam Sunder Bhartia. This particular gentleman is thechairman of the Rs 14 billion Jubilant Organosys Limited, a Pharma company. Shamit Bhartia,their son, is also a member in the HT Media group. At the same time, he operates lifestylebusinesses like Dominos Pizza franchise in the country and a convenience store chain inBangalore city.At the time when Shobhana Bharatiya became a member of the Hindustan Times in the year1986, she was the very first woman chief executive of a national newspaper and in allprobability, also among the youngest. Shobhana Bhartia is regarded as one of the crucialpeople there who played a pivotal role in revamping the image of the Hindustan Times into a"bright and young paper". The life history of Shobhana Bhartias career is full of achievements.Shobhana was nominated the member of the upper house of the Indian Parliament i.e. theRajya Sabha. Shobhana Bhartia was also handed the Global Leader of Tomorrow award by theWorld Economic Forum in the year 1996. Then again in the year 2001, she received theOutstanding Business Woman of the Year award. The National Press India Award was given toShobhana in the year 1992. Amar Bose ProfileBorn: 1929Achievements: Founded Bose Corporation in 1964; Invented the 901(R) Direct/Reflecting(R)speaker system - one of the first stereo loudspeakers to utilize the space around them insteadof reproducing sound as if in a vacuum; featured in 2006 Forbes Billionaires list.Amar Bose is the founder of Bose Corporation and is known for his pioneering work in the fieldof acoustics. Bose speakers are world-famous for giving high-end performance despite theirmodest size.Amar Gopal Bose was born in 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His father Nani Gopal Bosewas a revolutionary freedom fighter who emigrated from Calcutta to escape British prosecution.
  • 49. Amar Bose was interested in electronics right from his childhood and used to make smallelectrical toys to supplement his familys income. He did his schooling Abington Senior HighSchool and graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering from MIT in the early 1950s. He alsocompleted his Ph.D. from MIT.While doing graduation from MIT in 1950s, Amar Bose purchased a new stereo system. But hewas disappointed with the performance of the speakers. Despite their impressive technicalspecifications, the speakers failed to reproduce the realism of a live performance. This led Boseto start working on stereo speaker. He aimed to design a speaker that would emulate theconcert hall experience in the home. Amar Boses early patents won him great respect withinthe industry. But Bose needed capital to do further research and begin production. Amar Bosereceived financial support from MIT professor Y. W. Lee and in 1964 he founded BoseCorporation.In 1968, Amar Bose invented the 901(R) Direct/Reflecting(R) speaker system. They were one ofthe first stereo loudspeakers to utilize the space around them instead of reproducing sound as ifin a vacuum. Boses 901(R) speakers remained an industry benchmark for 25 years. Amar Bosealso captured the car stereo market, with systems that transformed the on-the-road listeningexperience.Today, Amar Bose has over two-dozen patents to his name. His products can be found inOlympics stadiums, the Sistine Chapel, NASA Space Shuttle, and the Japanese NationalTheatre. Amar Bose was also a professor of electrical engineering at MIT for many years untilhe retired in 2000. Amar Bose featured on the 2006 Forbes Billionaires list with a personalwealth of $1.2 billion. Arun Sarin ProfileBorn: October 21, 1954Achievement: CEO of global mobile telecommunications company Vodafone Group Plc.Arun Sarin is the Chief Executive Officer of the British based global mobile telecommunicationscompany Vodafone Group Plc. He is one of the few Indians to head a global multi nationalcompany.Arun Sarin was born on October 21, 1954 at Panchmari, Madya Pradesh. His father was anarmy officer and Arun Sarin did his schooling from military boarding school in Bangalore. Afterschooling, Arun Sareen joined IIT Kharagpur and graduated in 1975. In 1977, he did his MS inEngineering from University of California, Berkeley and subsequently did his MBA from thesame university in 1978.Arun Sarin started his professional career in 1978 as an environmental analyst for aWashington, D.C., consulting firm. In 1981, he joined Natomas in California as a corporatedevelopment manager. Arun Sarin entered telecom industry in 1984, when he joined Pacific
  • 50. Telesis Group in San Francisco. At Pacific Telesis Group, Arun worked closely with Sam Ginn,the legendary telecommunications entrepreneur. He worked with Pacific Telesis in variousprofessional and executive positions for 10 years, and was later appointed vice president ofcorporate strategy. Arun Sarin left Pacific Telesis in 1994 when it split its mobile and pagingbusinesses.In 1995, Arun Sarin followed his mentor Sam Ginn to a newly formed wireless-communicationscompany, AirTouch Communications. He was President and Chief Operating Officer ofAirTouch from February 1997 to June 1999. In 1999, AirTouch and Vodafone, a large Britishwireless communications company joined hands to create Vodafone-AirTouch. Arun Sarin wasmade chief executive of the newly formed corporate entity. In April 2000, Arun Sarin resignedfrom Vodafone-AirTouch and took the CEO position at InfoSpace, an Internet infrastructurecompany based in Bellevue, Washington. As CEO Arun Sarin led the merger of InfoSpace andGo2Net, a consumer-portal company, for approximately $4 billion in a stock swap.After an eight-month tenure at InfoSpace, Arun Sarin resigned. In July 2001, he joined AccelPartners and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) to lead a new telecommunications venture calledAccel-KKR Telecom. After an eighteen month stint at Accel-KKR Telecom Arun Sarin resignedand on July 30, 2003 he was installed as the CEO of Vodafone. Indra Nooyi ProfileAchievements: CEO of PepsiCo; Ranked No.4 on Forbes magazines annual survey of the 100most powerful women in the world.Indra Nooyi is the newly appointed CEO of PepsiCo-the worlds second-largest soft drink maker.She joins the select band of women who head Fortune 500 companies. Presently, there areonly 10 Fortune 500 companies that are run by women, and Indra Nooyi is the 11th to break intothe top echelons of power. Prior to becoming CEO, Indra Nooyi was President, Chief FinancialOfficer and a member of the Board of Directors of PepsiCo Inc.Indra Nooyi spent her childhood in Chennai. Her father worked at the State Bank of Hyderabadand her grandfather was a district judge. She did her BSc. in Chemistry from Madras ChristianCollege and subsequently earned a Masters Degree in Finance and Marketing from IIMCalcutta. Indra Nooyi also holds a Masters Degree in Public and Private management from theYale School of Management.Before joining PepsiCo in 1994, Indra Nooyi was Senior Vice President of Strategy andStrategic Marketing for Asea Brown Boveri, and Vice President and Director of CorporateStrategy and Planning at Motorola. She also had stints at Mettur Beardsell and Johnson &Johnson. At PepsiCo, Indra Nooyi played key roles in the Tricon spin-off, the purchase ofTropicana, the public offering of Pepsi Cola bottling group and the merger with Quaker Foods.
  • 51. Indra Nooyi has been ranked No.4 on Forbes magazines annual survey of the 100 mostpowerful women in the world. Lakshmi Mittal ProfileBorn: June 15, 1950Achievement: Worlds largest steel maker and the third richest man in the world.Lakshmi Mittal has become something of a cult figure in the global steel industry. His companyMittal Steel is the largest steel maker in the world. After the recent merger between Mittal Steeland Arcelor which raged a big debate throughout the Europe, Laxmi Mittal current controls 10%of the total steel production and the combined entity that has come into force post-merger isthree times the size of its nearest competitors.Lakshmi Niwas Mittal was born on June 15, 1950 at Sadulpur, in Churu district of Rajasthan, ina poor family. The extended family of 20 lived on bare concrete floors, slept on rope beds andcooked on an open fire in the brickyard in a house built by his grandfather. Laxmi Mittal belongsto Marwari Aggarwal caste and his grandfather worked for the Tarachand Ghanshyam Das firm,one of the leading Marwari industrial firms of pre-independence India.The family later on moved to Kolkata where his father Mohan Mittal became a partner in a steelcompany. Lakshmi Mittal graduated from St. Xaviers in Kolkata with a commerce degree in1969. He began his career working in the familys steelmaking business in India and in 1976,Lakshmi Mittal founded Mittal Steel Company. He split from his father and two younger brothersin 1994 and took the international arm, with interests in Indonesia and Trinidad and Tobago,while the rest of the family kept the domestic Indian business. In the last few years Mittal Steelhas made a number of acquisitions, buying up a network of steel producers in formercommunist countries including Kazakhstan, Romania and Ukraine, and pushing into the U.S. in2004 with the $4.5 billion purchase of International Steel Group. Today, Mittal Steel is the onlytruly global steel producer in the world with operations on 14 countries, spanning 4 continents.Lakshmi Mittal is also known for his opulence. In 2003, he acquired the Kensington mansion,said to be the worlds most expensive home, from Formula One racings Bernie Ecclestone for£70 million ($128 million). His daughter Vanishas $50 million wedding bash is touted as themost expensive wedding of the 20th century.In March 2006, Lakshmi Mittal was listed as the third wealthiest person in the world after BillGates and Warren Buffet by Forbes Magazine. Sabeer Bhatia ProfileBorn: 1969Achievements: One of the co-founders of Hotmail; Named by TIME as one of the "People to
  • 52. Watch" in International Business (2002)Sabeer Bhatia is one of the poster boys of Indian success story at Silicon Valley. He is betterknown as the man who co-founded Hotmail. He later sold it to Microsoft for $400 million andtoday Hotmail is the worlds largest e-mail provider, with over 50 million registered users.Sabeer Bhatia was born in 1969 at Chandigarh. He comes from a humble background. Hisfather was an army officer and his mother worked with the Central Bank of India. Sabeer Bhatiahad his earlier schooling at Bishop Cottons School in Pune and later on at St Josephs Collegein Bangalore. After passing out from school he joined the Birla Institute of Technology (BITS) atPilani. At Pilani, he qualified to try for a transfer scholarship at Cal Tech, considered to be theworlds most competitive scholarship. Sabeer Bhatia was the only applicant in the entire world in1988 to get a passing score of 62.In 1988 Sabeer Bhatia came to America and completed his B.Sc. with honours and earned amasters degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University. In 1992, while working on hisPh.D., Sabeer dropped out and joined Apple Computers as a systems integrator. He worked forApple Computer for a year. Then he worked for another startup, Firepower Systems Inc. In1995, Sabir Bhatia co-founded Hotmail Corporation along with Jack Smith, a colleague at AppleComputers. They launched pioneering web-based e-mail service Hotmail. At the end of 1997,he sold Hotmail to Microsoft for $400 million. Sabeer Bhatia t worked for Microsoft for a yearuntil March of 1999, and then in the middle of 1999 he founded Arzoo.comArzoo.com was supposed to be a real-time marketplace for technology related solutions andsupport. It was envisaged as a platform that would enable engineers, developers and scientistsfrom around the world to monetise their expertise on the one hand, and enable corporations toimprove the productivity of their employees on the other. Sabeer Bhatias vision was to makeArzoo.com, the worlds largest human network of intellectual capital. But Arzoo.com failed withthe burst of dot-com bubble. In 2006 Sabeer Bhatia relaunched Arzoo as a travel portal. SabeerBhatia has also started a new venture called BlogEverywhere with co-founders Shiraz Kangaand Viraf Zack.Sabeer Bhatia has won several honors and awards. These include: "Entrepreneur of the Year,"award by the venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson (1997); and "TR100" award,presented by MIT to 100 young innovators who are expected to have the greatest impact ontechnology in the next few years. He was named by TIME as one of the "People to Watch" inInternational Business (2002) Lord Swaraj Paul ProfileBorn: 1931Achievement: Knighted by British Queen in 1978; Awarded Padma Bhushan in 1983.Lord Swaraj Paul is one of the most famous Indian origin entrepreneurs, based in Britain. He is
  • 53. the founder of multinational company Caparo-the UK-based steel and engineering group.Swraj Paul was born in Jalandhar in 1931. His father ran a small foundry and used to makesteel buckets and farming equipments. Swaraj Paul did his graduation from the PunjabUniversity and subsequently obtained a Masters degree in mechanical engineering from theMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US. After his return to India, Swaraj Pauljoined the Apeejay Group, which his father had founded. Destiny took him to London in 1966,where he went for his daughters Leukemia treatment, and stayed there forever.Swaraj Paul started his business in Britain in 1968. After acquiring one steel unit, he went on toacquire more units and founded the Caparo group in the year 1978. Caparo developed into oneof the leading producers of welded steel tube and spiral-welded pipe in the UK. In 1996, SwarajPaul stepped down from the management of the Caparo group and handed over the reins to histhree sons.Lord Swaraj Paul has won several honors and awards. He was knighted by the British Queen inthe year 1978 and became the Lord Paul of Marylebone and a member of the House of Lords.Lord Swraj Paul wrote the biography of Indira Gandhi and was awarded the Padma Bhushan in1983. He was bestowed with the Pro-Chancellorship of the Thames University in 1998. Vinod Dham ProfileBorn: 1950Achievement: Known as the father of the Pentium processor.Vinod Dham is popularly known as the father of the Pentium processor. Born in 1950 in Pune,he had his initial schooling in Pune. He did his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from DelhiCollege of Engineering in 1971. Thereafter he had a brief stint with Continental Devices, a Delhibased semiconductor company.In 1975, Vinod Dham went to the US and did his Masters in Electrical Engineering from theUniversity of Cincinnati. After completing his Masters in 1977, Vinod Dham joined the NationalCash Register (NCR) at Dayton, Ohio. Vinod was a team member of the NCRs memory designgroup. He received many patents for his work at NCR.While making a presentation at the IEEE conference in Monterrey, California on re-programmable memory, Vinod Dham received an offer from the Intel to work with them. InJanuary 1990, Vinod was in-charge of developing the 586 or Pentium processor. He workedrelentlessly on the project and the Pentium processor was a big hit in the market. Vinod Dhamrose up the corporate ladder and reached the position of the Vice President of the IntelsMicroprocessor Products Group. He quit Intel in 1995.Thereafter, Vinod joined NexGen, a start-up firm as Chief Operating Officer and Executive VicePresident.. When Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) acquired NexGen in 1996, Vinod Dham
  • 54. looked after the development of AMDs famous K6 Processor, worlds fastest personal computermicroprocessor. Later on he quit AMD.Presently, Vinod Dham is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Silicon Spice, acommunications technology development firm. Vinod Khosla ProfileAchievement: One of the co-founders of Sun Microsystems.Vinod Khosla is an epitome of Indian success story at Silicon Valley. He is a venture capitalistand is better known as one of the co-founders of Sun Microsystems.Vinod Khosla came from an ordinary middle class background. His father was in army. At theage of 16, Vinod Khosla read about the founding of Intel. This motivated him to nurture dreamsof starting his own technology company. At the age of 20, after graduating in ElectricalEngineering from IIT Delhi, Vinod Khosla started a soy milk company to cater to those people inIndia who did not have refrigerators. But his venture failed.Vinod Khosla went to the US and did his Masters in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University. His entrepreneurial ambitions attracted him to Silicon Valley andsubsequently he did his MBA from Stanford University in 1980.After graduating from Stanford, Vinod Khosla founded Daisy Systems with two other founders.Daisy Systems was the first significant computer aided design system for electrical engineers.The company went on to make huge profits but driven by the frustration of having to design thecomputer hardware on which the Daisy software needed to be built, Vinod Khosla left thecompany.In Vinod Khosla, started the standards based Sun Microsystems in 1982 to build workstationsfor software developers. Sun was funded by his long time friend and board member John Doerrof Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. At Sun Microsystems, Vinod Khosla pioneered "opensystems" and RISC processors. He left Sun Microsystems in 1985 and joined Kleiner PerkinsCaufield & Byers (KPCB) in 1986, where he continues to be a general partner of KPCB fundsthrough KP X.Vinod Khosla also challenged Intels monopoly by developing Nexgen/AMD. He alsoconceptualized the idea and business plan for Juniper to take on Ciscos dominance of therouter market. Vinod Khosla is also one of the founding fathers of The Indus Entrepreneur (TiE),a not-for-profit global network of entrepreneurs and professionals founded in 1992. In 2004, heformed khoslaventures to fund knowledgeable entrepreneurs in their new "social impact"ventures.Vinod Khosla has a keen interest in nascent technologies that can have a beneficial effect and
  • 55. economic impact on society. Presently, he is looking into practicality of the use of ethanol as agasoline substitute.