(Former Chairman of Tata Group)
Early LifeEarly Life
Ratan Tata was born on 28 December 1937 in
Ratan Tata’s father was Naval Tata and mother was
Naval Tata was adopted by Jamsetji’s younger
childless son Ratan Tata (Grandfather’s name was
• At an age of seven Ratan Tata’s parents
got separated. He was raised by his
• From his childhood he was interested
in the cars.
• Ratan Tata never married. In Bombay he
would date on and off, was even
engaged once but broke it off before
the cards could be printed.
After his parents separated in 1944, he was brought up
by his grandmother Lady Navajbai and did his schooling in
Mumbai from Campion School.
Later, he enrolled in Cornell University, where he earned
a B.S in architecture with structural engineering in 1962,
and has also completed the Advanced Management
Program at Harvard Business School.
Ratan tata is single and leads a modest lifestyle in
his bachelor apartment.
The US-educated bachelor lives alone with his
two German shepherds.
He sometimes likes to fly his private jet himself.
Some people call him “The Steave jobs of India”
When he returned to India in 1962 after turning
down a job with IBM on the advice of JRD, he was
sent to Jamshedpur to work on the shop floor at
In 1971, he was appointed the Director of National
Radio and Electronics(Nelco).
In 1981, JRD Tata stepped down as Tata Industries
chairman, naming Ratan as his successor. He was
heavily criticized for lacking experience in running a
company of the scale of Tata Industries.
In 1991, he was appointed group chairman of the
Under his stewardship, Tata Tea acquired Tetley,
Tata motors acquired Jaguar Land Rover and Tata
Steel acquired Corus, which have turned Tata from a
largely India-centric company into a global business,
with 65% revenues coming from abroad.
In 2009, Tata launched the world’s cheapest Car
Nano. For just 1 lac rupees.
He is widely credited for the success of the Tata
Group of companies, especially after the
liberalization of controls after the 1990s.
Ratan Tata retired from all executive responsibility
in the Tata group on December 28th 2012 which is
also his 75th birthday and he is succeeded by Cyrus
Now a days Tata owns more than 100 Companies.
Believes in keeping promises
Loyal and believes in relationship
Questioning the unquestionable
Risk taker not Speculator
Exemplary Leadership qualities and a Motivator
International RecognitionInternational Recognition
Chairman, government of India's Investment
Member, Prime Minister's Council on Trade and
Member, National Hydrogen Energy Board .
Member, National Manufacturing Competitiveness
Serving on the International Investment Council set
upby the president of the Republic of South Africa
Serving the International Business Advisory Council
of the British government to advise the chancellor of
Member, International Advisory Council
of Singapore'sEconomic Development Board
Member, Asia-Pacific Advisory
Committee to the boardof directors of the New
York Stock Exchange
What makes himGREAT ?What makes himGREAT ?
Visionary“One hundred years from now, I expect
the Tatas to be much bigger than it is
now. More importantly, I hope the Group
comes to be regarded as being the best in
India.. best in the manner in which we
operate, best in the products we deliver,
and best in our value systems and ethics.
Having said that, I hope that a hundred
years from now we will spread our wings
far beyond India.”
"He is a deep thinker and
extremely strategic. He is
always 2-3 steps ahead"
"Ratan was the chief architect of the
Corus deal. I was worried about the
magnitude and the amount of money.
But he instilled confidence."
Ex Managing Director,
"While he doesn't look it, he's
one of the toughest people
I've ever known." says
“If you put a gun to my head,
you had better take the gun
away or pull the trigger, because
I'm not moving.”
"When you come to him for a critical
decision, he will give you a very
quick answer, his responses would be
crisp, leaving no room for
doubt….His involvement in cross-
border deals could be quite
significant. And that’s precisely what
gives the CEOs the confidence to
move ahead without doubts."
1. After the Terrorist attacked Hotel Taj 26/11,
Ratan Tata personally visited the families of all the
80 employees who in some manner – either
through injury or getting killed – were affected in
2. In a record time of 20 days, a new trust was
created by the Tatas for the purpose of relief of
3. All category of employees including those who had
completed even 1 day as casuals were treated on duty
during the time the hotel was closed.
4. Harvard Business School has received a gift of $50
million from Tata Companies. (The largest from an
international donor in the School's 100-year history)
5. Tata Group donated 1 day salary of all employees for
Uttarakhand Worth 75 crore Rupees.
6. Tata Group rejects Pakistan governments
multicrore offer to buy Tata Sumo Grande.
Tata Group head Ratan Tata rejected this offer
saying "There will be no business with a
country indulge in launching terror operations
The Government of India awarded Mr.RatanTata
one of its prestigious civilian award Padma
Bhushan in 2000 and Padma Vibhushan in 2008.
He was listed among the 25 most powerful
people in business named by Fortune magazine
in November 2007.
In 2009, Tata was given an honorary knight
hood, the Knight Commander of the Order of the
British Empire (K.B.E.)
he won the ‘ Legend in Leadership ‘ award from
Yale in 2010.
In 2010, Ratan Tata was named one of the '50
People Who Matter 2010' by New Statesman
Ratan Tata got Lifetime Achievement Award
by Rockefeller Foundation in 2012.
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