The roots of the Aditya Birla Group date back
to the 19th century in the picturesque town of
Pilani set amidst the Rajasthan desert. It was here
that Seth Shiv Narayan Birla started trading in
cotton, laying the foundation for the House of
In the early part of the 20th century, the
Group's founding father, Mr. Ghanshyamdas
Birla, set up industries in critical sectors such as
textiles and fibre, aluminium, cement, and
The principles by which he lived were soaked
up by his grandson, Mr. Aditya Vikram Birla, the
Group's legendary leader.
Ghanshyam Das "G.D." Birla
(April 10, 1894 – June 11, 1983)
A formidable force in Indian industry, Mr. Aditya
Birla dared to dream of setting up a global business
empire at the age of 24. He was the first to put
Indian business on the world map, as far back as
1969, long before globalisation became a buzzword
Under his stewardship, his companies rose to be :
• the world‘s largest producer of viscose staple
• the largest refiner of palm oil,
• the 3rd largest producer of insulators
• the 6th largest producer of carbon black.
He set up 19 companies outside India, in
Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and
Name Kumar Mangalam Birla
Born 14 June 1967 (47yrs)
Alma Mater University of Mumbai,
London School of
Occupation Chairman Aditya Birla
Net Worth $ 7 billion (2014)
Kumar Mangalam Birla is a fourth generation member of the Birla family from
the state of Rajasthan.
He spent his childhood in Kolkata and Mumbai
He has BCom degree from University of Bombay & Chartered Accountant from
Institute of Chartered Accountants of India & MBA from London Business
School;London;UK,where he is also an Honorary Fellow.
Kumar Manglam Birla is married to Neeraj Birla. They have three
children: Ananyashree, Aryaman Vikram and Advaitesha . Neeraj
Birla oversees the Aditya Birla World Academy, a school in Mumbai
Kumar Mangalam Birla took over as Chairman of the
Aditya Birla Group in 1995, at the young age of 28, after
sudden death of his father, Aditya Birla, after whom the
group is named.
Under his leadership the Aditya Birla group has
expanded to Telecom, Software, BPO and other areas while
consolidating its position in existing businesses.
When Kumar Manglam Birla took over the reins of the
group in 1995, the turnover was only $2 bn and overseas
operations accounted for a very small part of the overall
business with Egypt, Thailand and Indonesia being major
Under KM Birla's strong leadership the group's turnover
has spiralled to $33bn and it has expanded operations to
more than 40 countries including Australia, Dubai, and
reaching out to North America, Canada, Brazil, Germany,
Italy, Spain, Hungary and China. 60 percent of the group's
revenues now come from abroad and 130,000 people are
being hired globally for their business operations. 
Mr. Birla took over as Chairman of the Group in 1995, at the age of 28.
In the 17 years that he has been at the helm of the Group, he has accelerated
growth, built a meritocracy and enhanced stakeholder value. In the process he has
raised the Group's turnover from US $2 billion in 1995, to US $40 billion today
He has made 26 acquisitions in 17 years in India and globally, the highest by an
Indian multinational in India.
The acquisition of Novelis, a global metals major, in 2007, the second largest
acquisition ever by an Indian company, led to a new-found respect for Indian
companies and stoked a higher level of interest in the country as well. Recently, the
acquisition of Columbian Chemicals, a US-based company and the world's third
largest carbon black manufacturer positioned the Group as the No. 1 player in this
sector, given its own sizeable carbon black operations.
Besides these, over the years Mr. Birla has acquired manufacturing plants
in Canada, China, Indonesia, plantations in Laos, and mines in Australia, set
up new plants in Egypt, Thailand and China.
In India as well, he has made major acquisitions, the most notable being
the Cement division of Larsen & Toubro, Indal from Alcan, Madura
Garments from Coats Viyella and the Chlor Alkali division of Kanoria
Under his stewardship, the Aditya Birla Group enjoys a position of
leadership in all the major sectors in which it operates. Over the years, Mr.
Birla has built a highly successful meritocratic organisation, anchored by an
extraordinary force of 136,000 employees belonging to 42 different
An erstwhile Director on the Central Board of Directors of the Reserve Bank of India.
Chairman of the Advisory Committee constituted by the Ministry of Company Affairs
and served on The Prime Minister of India's Advisory Council on Trade and Industry.
Chairman of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Committee on Corporate
Governance, he authored the First Report on Corporate Governance titled "Report of the
Kumar Mangalam Birla Committee on Corporate Governance".
Convener of the Prime Minister's Task Force on Administrative and Legal
Simplifications, the extensive recommendations made by him in his report, have been
implemented in totality
Mr. Birla also served as Chairman of SEBI's committee on Insider Trading, which
formulated Corporate Governance principles for Indian corporate.
He is on the National Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry and the Apex
Advisory Council of the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India.
Mr. Birla is deeply engaged with educational institutions. He is the Chancellor of
the renowned Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), with campuses in
Pilani, Goa, Hyderabad and Dubai.
He is a Director of the G. D. Birla Medical Research & Education Foundation.
He serves on the London Business School's Asia Pacific Advisory Board and is a
Honorary Fellow of the London Business School.
Mr. Birla has won recognition for his exemplary contribution to
leadership processes and institution/systems building. A selective
Chosen Economic Times‘ Business Leader of the Year Award 2012-
13 for the second time. His previous win was in 2003.
Forbes India Leadership Award – Flagship Award "Entrepreneur
of the Year, 2012―
'Ranked the 3rd Most Powerful CEO (2012)' in the Economic
Times' Corporate India's Definitive Power listing of 100 CEOs
The Degree of Doctor of Science (Honorius Causa) in recognition
of his role in "pioneering great Engineering products involving
Multi-disciplinary Engineering thought processes in the Country" by
the Visvesvaraya Technological University, Karnataka, 2012
NASSCOM's 'Global Business Leader Award', 2012
CNBC – TV18 India Business Leader Award 2012 for "Taking India Abroad―
"GQ Business Leader of the Year Award - 2011" from Condé Nast India Pvt. Ltd., an
affiliate of Condé Nast Global
CNN – IBN Indian of the Year 2010 – Business", "for being the most outstanding
business person and making a success out of most businesses including the sunrise
The All India Management Association's (AIMA), Managing India Awards "Business
Leader of the Year", 2010
The AIMA – JRD Tata Corporate Leadership Award", 2008
The Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris causa) in
"recognition of his invaluable contribution in the field of Business
Administration" by the G. D. Pant University of Agriculture &
For the development of technology and also for the involvement in the field of
Industries in bringing the country at par with other countries in the field of
Industries", the SRM University in Tamil Nadu conferred the Degree of Doctor of
The Asia Pacific Global HR Excellence – "Exemplary Leader" Award, 2007
The Global Indian Leader of the Year" by NDTV Profit in their Business Leader
Awards category, 2007
The Lakshmipat Singhania – IIM, Lucknow "National Leadership Award,
Business Leader", 2006
Represented India at the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Award in Monte
Carlo, Monaco in June 2006, where he was inducted as a "Member of the Ernst &
Young World Entrepreneur of the Year Academy"
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year" Award, 2005
Young Super Performer in the CEO Category" by Business Today, 2005.
Chosen by the World Economic Forum (Davos) as one of the "Young Global
"The D. Litt (honoris Causa) Degree" by The Banaras Hindu University, 2004
Honorary Fellowship" by the All India Management Association, 2004
The Business Leader of the Year", The Economic Times Awards for Corporate
Business Man of the Year-2003" by Business India
The Rajiv Gandhi Award for "Business Excellence and his contribution to the
country" by the Mumbai Pradesh Youth Congress, 2001
The National HRD Network, "The Outstanding Business Man of the Year", 2001
The Institute of Directors' "Golden Peacock National Award for Business
Hindustan Times', "The Businessman of the Year", 2001
The Bombay Management Association – "The Management Man of the Year
Among the 10 super Stars of Corporate Finance" – Global Finance, 1998
Among the top 10 of India's most admired and respected CEOs and the top CEO
of the coming millennium", Business World, 1998
To be a premium global conglomerate, with a clear focus on each of the businesses.
To deliver superior value to our customers, shareholders, employees and society at
Integrity Seamlessness Commitment Speed
Around the world, we're known for:
A metals powerhouse, among the world's most cost-efficient aluminium and copper
producers. Hindalco-Novelis is the largest aluminium rolling company.
No.1 in viscose staple fibre
No.1 in carbon black
The fourth-largest producer of insulators
The fourth-largest producer of acrylic fibre
Among the top 10 cement producers
Among the best energy-efficient fertiliser plants
The largest Indian MNC with manufacturing operations in the USA
In India, here's what we have accomplished:
The largest fashion (premium branded apparel) and lifestyle player
The second-largest manufacturer and largest exporter of viscose filament yarn
The largest producer in the chlor-alkali sector
Among the top three mobile telephony companies
A leading player in life insurance and asset management
Among the top two supermarket chains in the retail business
Among the top 6 BPO companies
The largest manufacturer of linen fabric
In India, the Group is engaged in 3,000 villages, reaching out to seven million people
annually and making a difference to their lives through meticulously conceived projects
focusing on health care, education, sustainable livelihood, infrastructure and social
the Group runs 42 schools which provide quality education to 45,000 children. Of
these, over 18,000 children receive free education.
Additionally, over a 100,000 youngsters benefit from bridge educational
programmes and vocational training
Its 18 hospitals tend to serve more than a million villagers
To embed CSR as a way of life in organisations, the FICCI – Aditya Birla CSR Centre
for Excellence was set up in Delhi.
COMPANY PRODUCTS / FACILITIES
Minerals Ltd. ,
Aerospace Ltd. ,
Ltd. , Cameroon
Aluminum , power generation , primary metal
&fabricated products , bauxite mines , alumina
refining , smelting , coal mines , foil ,sheet rolling
, concast , extrusions , smelter , copper cathodes ,
continuous cast copper rods , sulphuric acid , DAP
and complexes , precious metals , power , rolled
product facilities , Nifty copper mines, Mt.
Gordon copper mines , aerospace alloys , alumina
CEMENT – GREY AND
Grasim , Ultra Tech
Composite plants ,
grinding units , white
cement plants , ready-
mix concrete plants ,
TEXTILE ( PULP , FIBRE ,
YARN , FABRIC , APPAREL )
Grasim ,Grasim Bhiwani
Textiles Ltd. , Thai Rayon
, PT Indo Bharat Rayon ,
Birla Jingwei , AV Cell, AV
Nackawic , Birla Lao Pulp
and Plantations, Thai
Acrylic Fiber , Aditya
Birla Nuvo Unit – Indian
Rayon , Jaya Shree
Textiles(Aditya Birla Nuvo
&Lifestyle (Aditya Birla
Nuvo Unit), Indo Thai
Synthetics , PT Elegant ,
PT Indo Liberty , PT
Sunrise Bumi , Indo Phil
Viscose , staple fibers (VSF)
, rayon grade pulp (RGP) ,
yarns , paper grade pulp ,
eucalyptus plantations ,
DGP , acrylic fiber , linen
fabrics , flax tarns , viscose
filament yarn , wool tops ,
worsted yarns , branded
apparel retail ,
CHEMICALS Grasim , Aditya Birla
Nuvo Unit – Indian
Rayon , Aditya Birla
(India) Chemicals ,
Tanfac , Aditya Birla
Ltd, Thai Peroxide ,
Aditya Birla Grasun, PT
Indo Rayon Kimia , Pan
Century Surfactants ,
Caustic soda , fluorine
chemicals , chlor –
alkali products ,
epichlorohydrin , epoxy
resins , sodium
phosphates , specialty
phosphates , sodium
sulphite , sodium
food grade phosphoric
acid , carbon disulphide
, fatty alcohols , fatty
acids , glycerin's ,
AGRI-BUSINESS Aditya Birla Nuvo Unit –
Indo Gulf ,
Fertilizers , seeds ,
CARBON BLACK Thai Carbon Black ,
Black CO . SAE (EGYPT)
, Liaonong Birla Carbon
Co. LTD (China) ,
Columbian Chemicals ,
Rubber carbon black ,
specialty blacks ,
MINING Essel Mining & Industries
Iron ore ,
FERRO CHEM Essel Mining & Industries
Noble ferro alloys ,
WIND POWER Essel Mining & Industries
Wind power generation ,
INSULATORS Aditya Birla Nuvo Unit –
Aditya Birla Insulators ,
Idea Cellular Limited , Cellular services ,
TRADING SOLUTIONS Swiss Singapore Overseas
Enterprises Pye Ltd. ,
Singapore UAE China
Bangladesh Sri Lanka Ivory
Coast Canada Russia
MR. RAJIV DUBE
Director – Group
DR. RAKESH JAIN
Managing Director –
Aditya Birla Nuvo,
Director – Trading &
ITES and Sector Head –
MR. RATAN. K. SHAH
Business Head and Chief
Manufacturing Officer -
DR. SANTRUPT B.
Director – Group
and Chief Executive
Officer – Carbon
Business Head -
Fibre & Overseas
Essel Mining &
Sector Head –
MR. LALIT NAIK
Business Head –
and Insulators and
Director – Aditya Birla
MR. K. K. MAHESHWARI
Managing Director –
Grasim Industries and
Sector Head – Fibres &
Textiles, Aditya Birla
MR. DEV BHATTACHARYA
Group Executive President -
Corporate Strategy and
Business Development and
Business Head - Solar Power
MR. D. BHATTACHARYA
Managing Director, Hindalco
Industries Limited, Vice
Chairman, Novelis Inc.,
Chairman, Aditya Birla
Minerals Ltd., and Director,
Aditya Birla Management
Corporation Pvt Ltd
MR. AJAY SRINIVASAN
Director – Financial
MR. ADESH GUPTA
Whole-time Director and Chief
Financial Officer – Grasim
Industries & Global Pulp and Fibre
Mrs. Rajashree Birla
Chairperson, The Aditya Birla Centre for
Community Initiatives and Rural
Grasim Industries Limited is a global leader in viscose staple fibre and ranks among
India's largest private sector companies with a consolidated net revenue of Rs.279
billion and consolidated net profit of Rs.27 billion (FY 2013).
Starting as a textiles manufacturer in 1948, Grasim's businesses today comprise
viscose staple fibre (VSF), cement, chemicals and textiles. Its core businesses are VSF
and cement, which contribute over 90 per cent of its revenues and operating profits at a
Grasim, with an aggregate capacity of 378 ktpa has a global share of 9 per cent. It is
also the second-largest producer of caustic soda (which is used in the production of VSF)
As a result of restructuring in FY 2010 and FY 2011, the cement business has been
consolidated with Grasim's subsidiary, UltraTech Cement Limited. UltraTech has a
capacity of 55.50 million and is a leading cement player in India and eighth largest in the
UltraTech Cement Limited and its subsidiaries have an annual capacity of 53.90
million tonnes, making it among the top 10 producers of cement globally.
UltraTech is also the largest manufacturer of White Cement in India.
The company manufactures and markets ordinary portland cement, Portland blast
furnace slag cement, Portland pozzalana cement, ready mix concrete building products
and building solutions.
UltraTech Cement has 11 integrated plants, 15 grinding units, five bulk terminals and
101 RMC plants – spanning India, UAE, Bahrain, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
The company's subsidiaries are Dakshin Cements Limited, Harish Cements Limited,
UltraTech Cement Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd, and UltraTech Cement Middle East Investments
Idea is a pan-India integrated GSM operator offering 2G and 3G services, and has its
own NLD and ILD operations, and ISP license.
With revenue in excess of $4 billion; revenue market share of nearly 15%; and
subscriber base of over 121 million in FY 2013, Idea is India‘s third largest mobile
Idea ranks among the top 10 country operators in the world with a traffic of over 1.5
billion minutes a day.
Idea‘s thought leadership on Mobile Number Portability (MNP) has enabled it to stay
as the top gainer with the highest net gain.
Every 4th mobile user who exercises choice through MNP, prefers Idea.
Idea won the prestigious ‗NDTV Business Leadership Award‘ in the telecom category
for its solid, consistent performance in 2012
It was the winner of ET Telecom Awards 2012, in the categories — ‗Customer
Experience Enhancement‘, ‗Excellence in Marketing‘, and ‗Innovative Products‘.
Idea also won the ‗Best Ad Campaign of the Year‘ award for the popular Honey Bunny
campaign at the Tele.Net Telecom Awards 2012.
Idea won the ‗Best Brand Campaign‘ at the esteemed World Communication Awards
in 2012 and 2013
It also won the GSM Association Award for ‗Best Billing and Customer Care Solution‘
for two consecutive years, and was awarded ‗Mobile Operator of the Year Award – India‘
for 2007 and 2008 at the Annual Asian Mobile News Awards.
Established in 1958, Hindalco commissioned its aluminium facility at Renukoot in
Eastern U.P. in 1962.
Later acquisitions and mergers with Indal, Birla Copper and the Nifty and Mt. Gordon
copper mines in Australia, strengthened the company's position in value-added alumina,
aluminium and copper products, with vertical integration through access to captive
In 2007, the acquisition of Novelis Inc., a world leader in aluminium rolling and can
recycling, marked a significant milestone in the history of the aluminium industry in
With Novelis under its fold, Hindalco ranks among the global top five aluminium
Its consolidated turnover for the year FY 13 was US$14.8 billion (Rs.80,193 crore).
Aditya Birla Nuvo Limited (ABNL), a US $4.75 billion conglomerate by revenue size, is
part of Aditya Birla Group, a US $40 billion Indian multinational company.
Having a market cap of about US $2.5 billion as on 30th November 2012, ABNL is
present across financial services, telecom, fashion and lifestyle, IT-ITeS and
Powered by an intellectual capital of over 65,000 employees, ABNL touches the lives
of more than 120 million Indians.
As a leading player, Aditya Birla Nuvo ranks as:
•India's second-largest producer and the largest exporter of viscose filament yarn.
• The country's largest premium, branded apparel company.
• Largest manufacturer of linen fabric in India.
• India's largest and the world's fourth-largest manufacturer of insulators.
Among Aditya Birla Nuvo's joint ventures and subsidiary companies are:
• Idea Cellular Limited, which is among the top three cellular operators in India, in
terms of revenue market share.
• Birla Sun Life Insurance Co. Ltd., which is among the top five private sector life
insurance companies in India, in terms of new business premium.
• Birla Sun Life Asset Management Co. Ltd., which is the fourth largest asset
management company in India, in terms of assets under management.
• Aditya Birla Minacs Worldwide Limited, which is the sixth largest Indian BPO
company by revenue size.
Aditya Birla Minacs (―Minacs‖) is a business and technology outsourcing company
with headquarters in Bangalore India. It is a subsidiary of the Aditya Birla Group
With 20,300 employees (as of June 2011) and 35 operations centers
in Canada, Germany, Hungary, India, Jamaica, the Philippines, the United Kingdom,
and the United States, Minacs provides the manufacturing, banking, financial services,
insurance, telecom, high technology, media, and entertainment, healthcare, and
government and public sectors with outsourced customer life cycle, marketing, finance
and accounting, procurement and IT services
Minacs, which employs 21,000 people across 35 locations in the world, is the country's
sixth largest BPO firm, according to Nasscom rankings.
Aditya Birla Minacs Worldwide has a revenue of $450 million and an operating profit
of $40 million.
Kumarmangalam Birla, the 34-year-old chairman of the Aditya Birla group has
recently moved to his new grand mansion.
Location: Mr.Birla has his magnificent mansion at the Carmichael Road, Mumbai.
His lavish house has five stories and the interior is based on indo-gothic
theme. The interior of his home has European touch with Indian feel.
Neighbourhood: Birla is following the footsteps of Mukesh Ambani owns world‘s
most expensive house in Mumbai, Antilla. Sachin Tendulkar also owns a lavish home in
Kumar Birla owns Cessna Citation, a private jet with utmost luxury. Citations are
the world's most established, well-liked and most trusted fleet of business jets. The
jet has high-tech design of pilot-friendly flight decks and luxury cabin interiors.
Kumar Birla is often spotted taking a ride in his luxurious air craft.
Birla's Cessna Citiation is full of all luxurious amenities, it offers performance and
Apart from owing a Cessna Citation, Kumar Birla also owns a Gulf Stream (G100)
which is a seven-seater aircraft.
He got this jet for $11 million. G100 is manufactured by Israel Aircraft Industries
and produced for Gulfstream Aerospace.
The plane which can comfortably accommodate 7-8 persons can travel a distance of
3,000 nautical miles in a single refuel.
The interior cabin is calm and sumptuous with an enclosed restroom and partial
food service gallery.
Kumar Birla is a passionate shooting enthusiast and very few people know this.
He often he carries his 10mm Morini pistol across to the shooting range in Worli,
Shooting is one of his favourite hobby apart from playing chess and goes for it
whenever he finds time.
Kumar Birla the young Indian business magnet owns a stylish BMW 5 Series
BMW 5 Series sets the standard for premium sport sedans and has features that
include a sunroof, power seats, a power tilt-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth
and a 12-speaker sound system.
The sedan looks dynamic and completely matches to his persona. The interior can
be customized as per the customer's needs and hence Birla‘s sedan must have all the
luxurious features in his car.
The car has eight-speed automatic transmission along with electic power steering.
St Moritz, Switzerland is an adorable place for the business tycoon Kumar Birla as the
billionaire spends 10 days each year in the paradise holiday destination with his family.
Location: Located in Engadine valley in Switzerland, the resort town is an ideal
vacation spot for the rich and famous.
Main Attraction: A true paradise for the affluent, St Moritz features some of the
most magnificent landscapes and an incredible spirit and history. The ―White Turf‖
horse race held every winter in this alpine village is a prime attraction for the upper class
international visitors. Outdoor fun includes a wide array of exciting sports activities
including skiing, winter hiking, sledding and train adventures. Shopping, altitude
training and an amazing nightlife add up to the site‘s charm.
The Birla family from the very beginning is known for their philanthropic activities. Be
it educating the poor children or taking care of the needy and downtrodden people the
Birla's‘ are always ready.
Kumar Mangalam is running a number if charitable trusts like schools and hospitals
which provides free services to the needy
Some of the institutions run by the Group include. Not only in Mumbai where he
resides but his charitable schools and hospitals are spread in most of the cities of India.
Birla group donates almost 3% of their total profit to the charity every year.