Famous Indian Business People

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.

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 1 Sundar Pichai

Sundar Pichai.
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Famous As: CEO of Google Inc
Birthdate: July 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Sundar Pichai is the CEO of Google and its parent company Alphabet Inc. An alumnus of IIT, Stanford and Wharton, Pichai has come a long way, from innovating Google’s products such as Chrome, Google Drive and Google Apps to leading the software giant and being one of the most sought-after names in the tech industry.

 2 Mukesh Ambani

Mukesh Ambani.
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Famous As: Indian businessman
Birthdate: April 19, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Aden, Yemen

The richest person in Asia, Mukesh Ambani is an Indian billionaire business magnate. He is the chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL). The son legendary Dhirubhai Ambani, he started his career by helping his father build their family business. As of today, he is the only Indian businessman on Forbes' list of the world's most powerful people.

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 3 Azim Premji

Azim Premji.
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Famous As: Business Tycoon
Birthdate: July 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Karachi

Business magnate Azim Premji revolutionized the Indian software industry with Wipro Limited. Twice listed to Time 100, he transformed his vegetable oil and soap manufacturing company to a leading IT solutions brand, through marked diversification. He owns a non-profit foundation and is the first Indian to join The Giving Pledge.

 4 Ratan Tata

Ratan Tata.
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Famous As: Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons
Birthdate: December 28, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Surat

Ratan Tata is a well-known Indian industrialist and the former charman of Indian multinational conglomerate Tata Sons. His reign as chairman was marked by acquisitions of iconic global brands, such as Tetley, Jaguar Land Rover and Corus by the Tata Group. Ratan Tata was instrumental in turning Tata Group from a largely India-centrist group into a global business.

 5 Dhirubhai Ambani

Dhirubhai Ambani.
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Birthdate: December 28, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Junagadh
Died: July 6, 2002

Dhirubhai Ambani was an Indian business tycoon. He is credited with founding Reliance Industries, which is currently the largest company in the country in terms of revenue. Dhirubhai Ambani's life and career inspired the 2007 drama film Guru, in which his character was portrayed by Abhishek Bachchan.

 6 N. R. Narayana Murthy

N. R. Narayana Murthy.
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Famous As: Founder of Infosys
Birthdate: August 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mysore

N. R. Narayana Murthy is an Indian businessman who is credited with co-founding one of the most popular and successful Indian multinational corporations, Infosys. While Fortune magazine named him as one of the 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time, Time magazine called him the father of the Indian IT sector. Murthy serves as an inspiration to aspiring businessmen in India.

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 7 J. R. D. Tata

J. R. D. Tata.
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Famous As: French-Indian aviator
Birthdate: July 29, 1904
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 29, 1993
An aviation pioneer, J. R. D. Tata channeled the Tata Group for over five decades, leading to the expansion of India's largest industrial empire. He was honoured with the Bharat Ratna and the Padma Vibhushan, two of India's highest civillian awards. He was also honored with French Legion of Honour twice. 
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 8 Jamsetji Tata

Jamsetji Tata.
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Famous As: Father of Indian Industry
Birthdate: March 3, 1839
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Navsari, Gujarat, India
Died: May 19, 1904
Legendary Indian industrialist Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata established the Tata Group and the city of Jamshedpur, too. The Father of Indian Industry also founded the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai, which was the only Indian hotel with electricity back then. His legacy was carried forward by subsidiaries such as Tata Steel.

 9 Gautam Adani

Gautam Adani.
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Famous As: Founder of Adani Group
Birthdate: June 24, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ahmedabad

Gautam Adani, the second-richest man in India, as of 2019, is the chairman of the Adani Group, which he established in 1988. The group specializes in port development and later diversified into logistics, agriculture, energy, and other areas. Adani and his wife, Priti, lead the non-profit Adani Foundation.

 10 Preity Zinta

Preity Zinta
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Famous As: Actor, Model, Journalist
Birthdate: January 31, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

 11 Kumar Mangalam Birla

Kumar Mangalam Birla.
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Famous As: Chairman of Aditya Birla Group
Birthdate: June 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: India

 12 Anil Ambani

Anil Ambani.
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Famous As: Chairman of Reliance ADA Group
Birthdate: June 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mumbai

Indian businessman Anil Ambani is the chairman of Reliance Group. Once the sixth richest person in the world, he declared bankruptcy in early 2020 though the veracity of his claim is questionable. He has served in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India. He has been involved in many controversies.

 13 Shiv Nadar

Shiv Nadar.
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Famous As: Founder of HCL
Birthdate: July 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tiruchendur, Tamil Nadu

Padma Bhushan-winning Indian billionaire businessman Shiv Nadar is known as the founder and chairman of the IT company HCL and the Shiv Nadar Foundation. While he transformed HCL from an IT hardware company into an IT enterprise, by 2021, he also turned himself into the third-richest Indian.

 14 Vijay Mallya

Vijay Mallya.
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Politician
Birthdate: December 18, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Indian business magnate and ex-politician Vijay Mallya, known for his flamboyant lifestyle, has donned many hats, from running the largest alcohol company in India; to owning a cricket team and an F-1 team; to launching an airline. Following a financial fraud scandal, he is now facing extradition from the U.K.

 15 Gulshan Kumar

Gulshan Kumar
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Famous As: Businessperson, Film producer
Birthdate: May 5, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Delhi, India
Died: August 12, 1997

 16 Sunil Bharti Mittal

Sunil Bharti Mittal.
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Famous As: Chairman and Group CEO of Bharti Enterprise
Birthdate: October 23, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ludhiana

 17 Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
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Famous As: Business woman
Birthdate: March 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bangalore, Mysore State, India

Biocon founder and chairperson Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is a self-made billionaire entrepreneur who made it to Forbes’s Power Women 2020 list. Though she initially wished to be a brewer like her father, she later drifted to the biochemical industry. Apart from revolutionizing the Indian biopharma market, she also heads a charitable organization.

 18 Subhash Chandra

Subhash Chandra
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: November 30, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hisar district, Haryana, India

 19 Lakshmi Mittal

Lakshmi Mittal
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Famous As: CEO of ArcelorMittal
Birthdate: June 15, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rajgarh, Rajasthan

 20 Pallonji Mistry

Pallonji Mistry
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Famous As: entrepreneur
Birthdate: 1929 AD
Birthplace: Ireland

 21 Cyrus Poonawalla

Cyrus Poonawalla.
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: 1941 AD
Birthplace: Pune, India

Cyrus Poonawalla is an Indian businessman who is the chairman of the Poonawalla Group. He is also known as the “vaccine king of India” as his group owns Serum Institute of India that manufactures pediatric vaccines. He is also a generous philanthropist. In 2005, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the president of India.

 22 Radhakishan Damani

Radhakishan Damani.
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Famous As: Investor, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: 1954 AD
Birthplace: Bikaner
Indian business magnate Radhakishan Damani founded the hypermarket chain DMart and owns Bright Star Investments. Damani initially managed his ball-bearing business, which he later quit to become a stock-market broker. He was once the largest individual shareholder of HDFC Bank. He holds stakes in sectors ranging from cement to tobacco.

 23 Nandan Nilekani

Nandan Nilekani.
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Famous As: Founder of Infosys
Birthdate: June 2, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bangalore

 24 Dilip Shanghvi

Dilip Shanghvi.
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Famous As: Founder of Sun Pharmaceuticals
Birthdate: October 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Amreli, Gujarat, India

 25 Vinod Khosla

Vinod Khosla
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: January 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: India

 26 Rakesh Jhunjhunwala

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala.
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Famous As: Investor, Trader
Birthdate: July 5, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mumbai

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala is an Indian investor and businessman. One of the richest businessmen in India, Jhunjhunwala is referred to as the King of Bull Market and the Warren Buffett of India. He is serving as the chairman of Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt. Ltd and Aptech Limited. He is also a member of the board of directors of several companies.

 27 Urjit Patel

Urjit Patel
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: October 28, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya

 28 Jay Mehta

Jay Mehta
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Birthdate: January 16, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: India

 29 Menaka

Menaka
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nagercoil, Kanyakumari, India

 30 Ritu Nanda

Ritu Nanda
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Famous As: Chief Executive Officer
Birthdate: October 30, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mumbai

 31 Verghese Kurien

Verghese Kurien.
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Famous As: Social Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 26, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Calicut, (Madras Presidency) (now Kozhikode, Kerala, India)
Died: September 9, 2012

 32 Aditya Vikram Birla

Aditya Vikram Birla
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Famous As: Business magnate
Birthdate: November 14, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kolkata
Died: October 1, 1995

 33 Dorabji Tata

Dorabji Tata
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Birthdate: August 27, 1859
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mumbai
Died: June 3, 1932

 34 Vatsal Sheth

Vatsal Sheth
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 5, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

 35 Chanda Kochhar

Chanda Kochhar.
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Famous As: CEO of ICICI Bank
Birthdate: November 17, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jodhpur, India

 36 Uday Kotak

Uday Kotak
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: March 15, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mumbai

 37 Ramoji Rao

Ramoji Rao
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Famous As: Film producer, Businessman
Birthdate: November 16, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pedaparupudi, Andhra Pradesh, India

 38 Bhavish Aggarwal

Bhavish Aggarwal.
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Famous As: Co-Founder & CEO of Ola Cabs
Birthdate: August 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ludhiana, Punjab, India

 39 Ness Wadia

Ness Wadia
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: May 30, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Liverpool

 40 C. D. Deshmukh

C. D. Deshmukh
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Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: January 14, 1896
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mahad
Died: October 2, 1982

 41 Isha Ambani

Isha Ambani.
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: October 23, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mumbai, India

 42 Ronnie Screwvala

Ronnie Screwvala
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Famous As: Producer
Birthdate: September 8, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bombay, India

 43 Sanjana Kapoor

Sanjana Kapoor
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 27, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

 44 Apoorva Mehta

Apoorva Mehta.
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: 0000 AD

Apoorva Mehta is a serial entrepreneur and a former Amazon.com employee. He founded the grocery delivery and pick-up service Instacart in 2012. An engineer by qualification, he tried to start at least 20 other services, including an ad network for social gaming companies, before launching Instacart. He was included in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2013.

 45 Jamnalal Bajaj

Jamnalal Bajaj
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: November 4, 1889
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sikar, India
Died: February 11, 1942

 46 Adi Godrej

Adi Godrej
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: April 3, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mumbai, India

 47 Adar Poonawalla

Adar Poonawalla.
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Famous As: CEO of the Serum Institute of India
Birthdate: January 14, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pune, Maharashtra, India

 48 Mohan Singh Oberoi

Mohan Singh Oberoi
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 15, 1898
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bhaun
Died: May 3, 2002

 49 Nikesh Arora

Nikesh Arora.
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Famous As: Former President & COO of SoftBank Corp
Birthdate: February 9, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius

 50 Roshni Nadar

Roshni Nadar
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: 1982 AD
Birthplace: India