Born on December 28, 1937
Graduated with a degree in Architecture and
Structural Engineering from Cornell University.
Also completed advanced management programme
at Harvard Business School.
Appointed the Director-in-Charge of The National
Radio & Electronics Company Limited (Nelco) in
Became the Chairman of Tata Industries in 1981.
Took over as Tata Group Chairman in 1991.
1962: Graduated from Cornell University
with a Bachelor of Science degree
in Architecture and Structural
Worked with Jones and Emmons in
Joined Tata Steel at Jamshedpur in late 1962
1971: Appointed the Director-in-Charge of The
Radio & Electronics Company Limited (Nelco)
1977: Was entrusted with Empress Mills, textile mill
controlled by the Tata’s
1981: Appointed as The Chairman of Tata Industries
1991: Took over as group chairman
from J.R.D. Tata.
1998: Tata Motors came up with Tata Indica, the
2000: Tata Tea acquired the Tetley group of the UK
pounds 271 million ($435 million) - the
acquisition in the history of Indian
2003: Stepped down from executive position.
2004: Takeover of Tony hotels including New York's
Pierre, the Ritz-Carlton in Boston, and San Francisco's
2007: Tata Sons successfully acquired Corus Group
for an estimated £6.7 billion.
“A defining moment for Tata Steel” – Tata said
“A promise is a promise”,
said Ratan Tata unveiling the
a mini 4-seater priced, as
promised five years ago, at
Rs 1,00,000 (dealer price)
Nano—which means small in ParsiGujarati—turns out to be a font of
innovation, generating as many as 40 new
patents for Tata Motors
Tata Motors under Ratan Tata bought
over Jaguar & Land Rover from Ford
Motor Company. The icons of British
Luxury, Jaguar and Land Rover were
acquired for £1.15 billion ($2.3 billion).
Returns must be greater than cost of capital.
Economies of scale should be derived.
Each company must be the industry leader
occupying one of the top three positions.
The business identified must have potential
for high growth and should be globally competitive.
He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan –
26 January 2000
He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan - 26
Recipients of the NASSCOM Global Leadership
Accepted the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in
2007 on behalf of the Tata family
Honoured by Cornell University as the 26th
Robert S. Hatfield Fellow in Economic Education
– March 2006
Serves on the programme board of the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation's India AIDS initiative
May 2008, he made it to the Time magazine's
2008 list of the World's 100 most Influential
The Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok
conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of
Technology (Honoris Causa) in 2004
His foreign affiliations include membership of
the international advisory boards of
* The Mitsubishi Corporation
* The American International Group
* JP Morgan Chase
* Booz Allen Hamilton