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.

Ratan Tata Ratan Tata
28 December 1937
Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons
Sundar PichaiSundar Pichai
12 July 1972
CEO of Google Inc

Mukesh AmbaniMukesh Ambani
19 April 1957
Indian businessman

Azim PremjiAzim Premji
24 July 1945
Business Tycoon

N. R. Narayana MurthyN. R. Narayana Murthy
20 August 1946
Founder of Infosys

Malaika AroraMalaika Arora
23 October 1973
Actress
Anil AmbaniAnil Ambani
04 June 1959
Chairman of Reliance ADA Group

Dhirubhai AmbaniDhirubhai Ambani
28 December 1932
 

Vijay MallyaVijay Mallya
18 December 1955
Entrepreneur, Politician
Jamsetji TataJamsetji Tata
03 March 1839
Father of Indian Industry

J. R. D. TataJ. R. D. Tata
29 July 1904
French-Indian aviator
Radhakishan DamaniRadhakishan Damani
1954 AD
Investor, Entrepreneur

Rakesh JhunjhunwalaRakesh Jhunjhunwala
05 July 1960
Investor, Trader

Shiv NadarShiv Nadar
14 July 1945
Founder of HCL

Kumar Manglam BirlaKumar Mangalam Birla
14 June 1967
Chairman of Aditya Birla Group

Gautam AdaniGautam Adani
24 June 1962
Founder of Adani Group
Rishad PremjiRishad Premji
 
Next Executive Chairman of Wipro

Verghese KurienVerghese Kurien
26 November 1921
Social Entrepreneur

Nandan NilekaniNandan Nilekani
02 June 1955
Founder of Infosys

Chanda KochharChanda Kochhar
17 November 1961
CEO of ICICI Bank
Dilip ShanghviDilip Shanghvi
01 October 1955
Founder of Sun Pharmaceuticals

Bhavish AggarwalBhavish Aggarwal
28 August 1985
Co-Founder & CEO of Ola Cabs
Apoorva MehtaApoorva Mehta
 
Entrepreneur

Nikesh AroraNikesh Arora
09 February 1968
Former President & COO of SoftBank Corp

Cyrus PoonawallaCyrus Poonawalla
1941 AD
Businessman
Sunil Bharti MittalSunil Bharti Mittal
23 October 1957
Chairman and Group CEO of Bharti Enterprise

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

Akash AmbaniAkash Ambani
23 October 1991
Businessman

Ritu NandaRitu Nanda
30 October 1948
Chief Executive Officer
Gulshan KumarGulshan Kumar
05 May 1956
Businessperson, Film producer

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Harshad MehtaHarshad Mehta
29 July 1953
stockbroker
Sanjana KapoorSanjana Kapoor
27 November 1966
Actress

Lakshmi MittalLakshmi Mittal
15 June 1950
CEO of ArcelorMittal

Vatsal ShethVatsal Sheth
05 August 1980
Actor

Pallonji MistryPallonji Mistry
1929 AD
entrepreneur
Vikram GokhaleVikram Gokhale
30 October 1940
Actor
Jay MehtaJay Mehta
16 January 1961
 

Subhash ChandraSubhash Chandra
30 November 1950
Businessperson

Ronnie ScrewvalaRonnie Screwvala
08 September 1962
Producer

Ramoji RaoRamoji Rao
16 November 1936
Film producer
Cyrus S. PoonawallaCyrus S. Poonawalla
1945 AD
Businessperson

Ness WadiaNess Wadia
30 May 1970
Businessperson

Kiran Mazumdar-ShawKiran Mazumdar-Shaw
23 March 1953
Business woman

Dorabji TataDorabji Tata
27 August 1859
 

Uday KotakUday Kotak
15 March 1959
Entrepreneur
Ratanji Dadabhoy TataRatanji Dadabhoy Tata
1856 AD
Aviator

Urjit PatelUrjit Patel
28 October 1963
Economist
Donald CrowhurstDonald Crowhurst
1932 AD
entrepreneur, navigator

Vinod KhoslaVinod Khosla
28 January 1955
Businessperson

Aditya Vikram BirlaAditya Vikram Birla
14 November 1943
Business magnate
Roshni NadarRoshni Nadar
1982 AD
Businessperson

Gautam SinghaniaGautam Singhania
09 September 1965
Businessperson
Kushal Pal SinghKushal Pal Singh
15 November 1931
Real Estate Entrepreneur

Adi GodrejAdi Godrej
03 April 1942
Businessperson

Sajjan JindalSajjan Jindal
05 December 1959
 

Raj RajaratnamRaj Rajaratnam
15 June 1957
Financier, Banker

Amit BhatiaAmit Bhatia
1979 AD
Businessman
Mohan Singh OberoiMohan Singh Oberoi
15 August 1898
Politician

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

C. D. DeshmukhC. D. Deshmukh
14 January 1896
Banker

Bimal JalanBimal Jalan
17 August 1941
Economist, Politician
David SassoonDavid Sassoon
30 September 1792
entrepreneur

Sanjeev BikhchandaniSanjeev Bikhchandani
1963 AD
Indian businessman
Rajan PillaiRajan Pillai
1947 AD
Businessman

Ela BhattEla Bhatt
07 September 1933
Activist

Salmaan TaseerSalmaan Taseer
31 May 1944
Businessman
Naveen SelvaduraiNaveen Selvadurai
27 January 1982
businessperson

Faquir Chand KohliFaquir Chand Kohli
28 February 1924
Businessman
Tulsi TantiTulsi Tanti
02 February 1958
Businessperson

K.K. BirlaK.K. Birla
12 October 1918
Industrialist

AnāthapiṇḍikaAnāthapiṇḍika
Merchant