10 influential Indian entrepreneurs:

Our country maintained a long tradition of entrepreneurship and wealth creation by giving place and position to several entrepreneurs. Indian democracy with its economy has been growing rapidly over years. This record has been possible because this country has produced multiple billionaire businessmen and women. Let us see some top-class entrepreneurs with Indian origin who have boosted to this country’s economy from several aspects.

Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata or JRD Tata

was born in Paris to Indian parents. Initially, he was trained as an aviator and he became India’s first commercial airline pilot but later on in his life working for the family business changed his life. Today, he is the owner of the TATA group of industries. He has set out on his own and built TATA Airlines that has become the modern Air India. TATA owns nearly 100 different businesses across many industries. The new automobile venture of him Tata Motors (TTM) produces economical automobiles which are budget-friendly. He is descended from Jamsetji Tata, the founder of TATA group of companies.

Lakshmi Niswas Mittal

a 69-year-old Indian entrepreneur began his career through his father’s steel business. Later he created the largest steel production company of his own known to the world as ArcelorMittal (MT). This company as of 2020 has a market capitalization of over $10 billion and himself is currently worth at nearly $9 billion.

Nagavara Ramarao Narayana Murthy

is the co-founder of the IT giant Infosys (INFY). He started it with an initial investment of INR 10,000. Currently, he is 73 with a net worth of $2.1 billion. He is called the ‘father of the Indian IT industry’, serving as CEO of Infosys from 1981 until 2002. In 2011, he was made the chairman of the same. Under his leadership, the company has a market capitalization of over $37 billion.

Shiv Nadar

 a 74-year-old Indian man is none other but the founder of HCL Infosystems in 1976. He invested initially a few hundred dollars on it by selling calculators and microcomputers. The company made its channels in Singapore to the Far East and generated over 1 million rupees sales after it expanded. It continues to grow and has made him a billionaire of more than$12.4 billion.

Dhirubhai Ambani

is an Indian businessman by origin who started his life journey by selling traditional snacks to religious pilgrims. Soon his business grew so much that he expanded it and diversified its reach into developing other industries like a consumer good, power generation, information technology, telecommunications and logistics. Today, his creation, Reliance Industries is the largest private company and listed on Fortune 500. The Ambani family are some wealthiest people in the world with Mukesh Ambani’s worth over $51.78 billion (6th richest person in the world), Anil Ambani with $109 million and many more.

Ghanshyam Das Birla

a well-known Indian Businessman, started his first company in the early 1900s operating a cotton textile mill. His business included paper and sugar production by 1919. Today, the Birla Group is a multi-sector global conglomerate. After his death, his great-grandson Kumar Mangalam Birla at the age 52, runs the company and has a net worth of $7.2 billion.

Azim Premji

a $6 billion estimated entrepreneur is also the former chairman of Wipro Industries (WIT). It’s a diverse software company with profound technological support across the country. He is sometimes considered India’s “Bill Gates” and has been credited with the title of “czar” of the Indian IT industry.

Mukesh Jagtiani

is an Indian based Emirati Businessman who has spent most of his life outside India. Receiving education from Mumbai and Beirut, he started practicing accounting in London Business School. After this, he started his first company that in due course of time eventually grew as the retail and real estate giant ‘Landmark’ and is currently based out of Dubai.

Dilip Shanghvi

is the mastermind behind the Sun Pharmaceuticals that began in 1982 with a meagre 10,000 rupees investment. He was the son of a pharmaceutical distributor and always had a keen interest in his father’s field of profession. Today, through gradual development along with many acquisitions, his company and investment have touched the zenith and is worth at 2 trillion rupees, making Sun Pharma, India’s largest pharmaceutical company, with a net worth of around $7.7 billion.

Ardeshir Godrej

is the co-founder of the Godrej Group of industries as the name suggests. It is a diversified conglomerate based on real estate products, consumer products, security, household appliances and industrial tools. Godrej Group was founded in 1897 and earns revenues of over $4.7 billion today.

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