India might have not scaled up the list of the world’s most developed nations, but it definitely has produced some of the finest and most successful business minds. The country is home to thousands of millionaires, most of whom are business tycoons. The Ambani brothers- Mukesh and Anil, Ratan Tata, Vijay Mallya, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, and Deepak Parekh are few of the many famous entrepreneurs produced by the country. Their business empires are not just confined to India, but are spread across different continents. However, we should not forget that Globalization did play a significant role in the financial growth of these individuals. They are also credited for having reduced the employment woes of the youth to a certain extent, by opening plenty of doors for the average ‘well-educated, yet unemployed’ man through their firms. The lavish lifestyles of some of these entrepreneurs have also grabbed the attention of the paparazzi from all across the globe, including the west. The successes of these individuals have started a new wave of entrepreneurship in India. This is a positive change in a nation which has otherwise been heavily dependent on government jobs for decades. Read on and find all about their life stories, timelines and also acquaint yourselves with some interesting facts & trivia related to their lives.

Sundar PichaiSundar Pichai
12 July 1972
CEO of Google Inc
Mukesh AmbaniMukesh Ambani
19 April 1957
Indian businessman

Vijay MallyaVijay Mallya
18 December 1955
Entrepreneur, Politician

Ratan Tata Ratan Tata
28 December 1937
Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons

Malaika AroraMalaika Arora
23 October 1973
Actress

Rakesh JhunjhunwalaRakesh Jhunjhunwala
05 July 1960
Investor, Trader
Dhirubhai AmbaniDhirubhai Ambani
28 December 1932
 

Anil AmbaniAnil Ambani
04 June 1959
Chairman of Reliance ADA Group

Gautam AdaniGautam Adani
24 June 1962
Founder of Adani Group
N. R. Narayana MurthyN. R. Narayana Murthy
20 August 1946
Founder of Infosys

Radhakishan DamaniRadhakishan Damani
1954 AD
Investor, Entrepreneur
Azim PremjiAzim Premji
24 July 1945
Business Tycoon

J. R. D. TataJ. R. D. Tata
29 July 1904
French-Indian aviator

Jamsetji TataJamsetji Tata
03 March 1839
Father of Indian Industry

Shiv NadarShiv Nadar
14 July 1945
Founder of HCL

Cyrus PoonawallaCyrus Poonawalla
1941 AD
Businessman
Kumar Manglam BirlaKumar Mangalam Birla
14 June 1967
Chairman of Aditya Birla Group

Apoorva MehtaApoorva Mehta
 
Entrepreneur

Verghese KurienVerghese Kurien
26 November 1921
Social Entrepreneur

Sunil Bharti MittalSunil Bharti Mittal
23 October 1957
Chairman and Group CEO of Bharti Enterprise
Chanda KochharChanda Kochhar
17 November 1961
CEO of ICICI Bank

Rishad PremjiRishad Premji
 
Next Executive Chairman of Wipro
Dilip ShanghviDilip Shanghvi
01 October 1955
Founder of Sun Pharmaceuticals

Nandan NilekaniNandan Nilekani
02 June 1955
Founder of Infosys

Bhavish AggarwalBhavish Aggarwal
28 August 1985
Co-Founder & CEO of Ola Cabs
Nikesh AroraNikesh Arora
09 February 1968
Former President & COO of SoftBank Corp

Ghanshyam Das BirlaGhanshyam Das Birla
10 April 1894
Indian businessman
Isha AmbaniIsha Ambani
23 October 1991
Businesswoman

Akash AmbaniAkash Ambani
23 October 1991
Businessman

Harshad MehtaHarshad Mehta
29 July 1953
stockbroker
Gulshan KumarGulshan Kumar
05 May 1956
Businessperson, Film producer

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Donald CrowhurstDonald Crowhurst
1932 AD
entrepreneur, navigator
Ness WadiaNess Wadia
30 May 1970
Businessperson

Jay MehtaJay Mehta
16 January 1961
 

Lakshmi MittalLakshmi Mittal
15 June 1950
CEO of ArcelorMittal

Cyrus S. PoonawallaCyrus S. Poonawalla
1945 AD
Businessperson
Faquir Chand KohliFaquir Chand Kohli
28 February 1924
Businessman
Kiran Mazumdar-ShawKiran Mazumdar-Shaw
23 March 1953
Business woman

Roshni NadarRoshni Nadar
1982 AD
Businessperson

Pallonji MistryPallonji Mistry
1929 AD
entrepreneur

Ronnie ScrewvalaRonnie Screwvala
08 September 1962
Producer
Ritu NandaRitu Nanda
30 October 1948
Chief Executive Officer

Vatsal ShethVatsal Sheth
05 August 1980
Actor

Sanjana KapoorSanjana Kapoor
27 November 1966
Actress

Uday KotakUday Kotak
15 March 1959
Entrepreneur

Sajjan JindalSajjan Jindal
05 December 1959
 
Subhash ChandraSubhash Chandra
30 November 1950
Businessperson

Sachin ShroffSachin Shroff
17 December 1972
Businessperson
Aditya Vikram BirlaAditya Vikram Birla
14 November 1943
Business magnate

Dorabji TataDorabji Tata
27 August 1859
 

Ramoji RaoRamoji Rao
16 November 1936
Film producer
Vinod KhoslaVinod Khosla
28 January 1955
Businessperson

Ratanji Dadabhoy TataRatanji Dadabhoy Tata
1856 AD
Aviator
Urjit PatelUrjit Patel
28 October 1963
Economist

Vikram GokhaleVikram Gokhale
30 October 1940
Actor

Sanjeev BikhchandaniSanjeev Bikhchandani
1963 AD
Indian businessman

Jamnalal BajajJamnalal Bajaj
04 November 1889
Businessperson

Gautam SinghaniaGautam Singhania
09 September 1965
Businessperson
Rajan PillaiRajan Pillai
1947 AD
Businessman

Aditya MittalAditya Mittal
22 January 1976
Businessperson

Kushal Pal SinghKushal Pal Singh
15 November 1931
Real Estate Entrepreneur

Amit BhatiaAmit Bhatia
1979 AD
Businessman
Raj RajaratnamRaj Rajaratnam
15 June 1957
Financier, Banker

Adi GodrejAdi Godrej
03 April 1942
Businessperson
Mohan Singh OberoiMohan Singh Oberoi
15 August 1898
Politician

K. V. KamathK. V. Kamath
02 December 1947
entrepreneur, banker

John AspinallJohn Aspinall
11 June 1926
Zoo owner
Bimal JalanBimal Jalan
17 August 1941
Economist, Politician

C. D. DeshmukhC. D. Deshmukh
14 January 1896
Banker
David SassoonDavid Sassoon
30 September 1792
entrepreneur

Salmaan TaseerSalmaan Taseer
31 May 1944
Businessman

Ela BhattEla Bhatt
07 September 1933
Activist
K.K. BirlaK.K. Birla
12 October 1918
Industrialist

AnāthapiṇḍikaAnāthapiṇḍika
Merchant
Naveen SelvaduraiNaveen Selvadurai
27 January 1982
businessperson

Tulsi TantiTulsi Tanti
02 February 1958
Businessperson