Famous Indian Business People

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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 
Mukesh Ambani
(Indian businessman)
Mukesh Ambani
19
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.

 2 
Ratan Tata
(Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons)
Ratan Tata
30
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.

 3 
Satya Nadella
(Chairman & CEO of 'Microsoft')
Satya Nadella
13
Birthdate: August 19, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Satya Nadella is an Indian-American business executive, currently serving as the chief executive officer of Microsoft. Since he became CEO, the company has seen a 27% annual growth rate. Born in India to a Telugu-speaking family, Nadella serves as an inspiration to millions of Indians who nurse 'The American Dream'.

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Dhirubhai Ambani
(Indian Business Tycoon Who Founded Reliance Industries)
Dhirubhai Ambani
6
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.

 5 
Indra Nooyi
(Former Chairperson & CEO of PepsiCo)
Indra Nooyi
7
Birthdate: October 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Indra Nooyi is an Indian-American business executive known for her association with PepsiCo where she served as the chief executive officer from 2006 to 2018. Often ranked among the most powerful women, Nooyi was named in Forbes' World's 100 Most Powerful Women list in 2014. In 2017, she was named in the magazine's 19 Most Powerful Women in Business list.

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Jamsetji Tata
(Indian Industrialist and Founder of 'Tata Group')
Jamsetji Tata
10
Birthdate: March 3, 1839
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: 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.
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Lakshmi Mittal
(CEO of ArcelorMittal)
Lakshmi Mittal
6
Birthdate: June 15, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rajgarh, Rajasthan

Lakshmi Mittal is an Indian business magnate who is the executive chairman of ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steel-making company. He is also the chairman of the stainless steel manufacturer Aperam. His father ran a steel business, which he expanded on an international level. He constantly features in list of the richest persons in the world.

 8 
Azim Premji
(Business Tycoon)
Azim Premji
8
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.

 9 
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
(Indian Entrepreneur, Executive Chairperson and Founder of 'Biocon Limited' and 'Biocon Biologics Limited')
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
5
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.

 10 
Anil Ambani
(Chairman of Reliance ADA Group)
Anil Ambani
10
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.

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Sunil Bharti Mittal
(Chairman and Group CEO of Bharti Enterprise)
Sunil Bharti Mittal
5
Birthdate: October 23, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ludhiana, Punjab, India
 12 
Gautam Adani
(Founder of Adani Group)
Gautam Adani
4
Birthdate: June 24, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

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.

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Shantanu Narayen
(CEO of Adobe)
Shantanu Narayen
4
Birthdate: May 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hyderabad, Telangana, India
 14 
Vijay Mallya
(Entrepreneur, Politician)
Vijay Mallya
10
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.

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J. R. D. Tata
(Indian Industrialist and Chairman of the ‘Tata Group’)
J. R. D. Tata
3
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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Shiva Ayyadurai
(Indian-American Politician, Entrepreneur and Anti-Vaccine Activist)
Shiva Ayyadurai
4
Birthdate: December 2, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Shiva Ayyadurai is an Indian-American engineer, scientist, and entrepreneur. He gained recognition after claiming to be the inventor of email, which is widely disputed even today. His claim is based on a software called EMAIL, which he wrote while studying at Livingston High School in the late-1970s. He is also known for his unfounded medical claims, including treatments for COVID-19.

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Harshad Mehta
(Known for Involvement in the 1992 Indian Securities Scam)
Harshad Mehta
4
Birthdate: July 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gujarat, India
Died: December 31, 2001
 18 
Lara Dutta
(She was previously crowned as Miss Intercontinental 1997)
Lara Dutta
3
Birthdate: April 16, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
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Rakesh Jhunjhunwala
(Investor, Trader)
Rakesh Jhunjhunwala
5
Birthdate: July 5, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hyderabad, India
Died: August 14, 2022

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala was an Indian investor and businessman. One of the richest businessmen in India, Jhunjhunwala was referred to as the King of Bull Market and the Warren Buffett of India. He served as the chairman of Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt. Ltd and Aptech Limited. He was a promoter of India's newest airline, Akasa Air

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

Gulshan Kumar was an Indian film and music producer who founded the Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series) music label. Born into a middle-class household, he started working as a young boy and helped his father in his audio cassette shop. He eventually launched his own music label. He was murdered by gangsters in 1997. 

 21 
Tina Ambani
(Former Indian Actress Who Worked in Hindi Films)
Tina Ambani
3
Birthdate: February 11, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bombay, State of Bombay, India

Tina Ambani is an Indian former actress who has appeared in popular Hindi films like Rocky, Wanted: Dead or Alive, and Deedar-E-Yaar. Best known as the wife of popular businessman Anil Ambani, Tina serves as the chairperson of Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Harmony Art Foundation, and Harmony for Silvers Foundation.

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Kumar Mangalam Birla
(Chairman of Aditya Birla Group)
Kumar Mangalam Birla
5
Birthdate: June 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: India

Kumar Mangalam Birla is an Indian industrialist best known as the chairman of the Indian multinational conglomerate company, Aditya Birla Group. He also serves as the chairman of IIM Ahmedabad and IIT Delhi. Over the course of his career, Birla has received several honors like the Business Leader of the Year award and Outstanding Business Man of the Year award.

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Shiv Nadar
(Founder and Chairman Emeritus of IT Company 'HCL Technologies Limited')
Shiv Nadar
3
Birthdate: July 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tiruchendur, Tamil Nadu, India

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.

 24 
Jay Mehta
(Businessman and Entrepreneur, he is Grandson of Nanji Kalidas Mehta, who own the Mehta Group)
Jay Mehta
3
Birthdate: January 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: India
 25 
Menaka
(Actress)
Menaka
3
Birthdate: August 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nagercoil, Kanyakumari, India
 26 
Ritu Nanda
(Chief Executive Officer)
Ritu Nanda
3
Birthdate: October 30, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mumbai
 27 
Radhakishan Damani
(Indian Investor, Business Magnate and the Founder of ‘DMart’)
Radhakishan Damani
5
Birthdate: August 16, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bikaner, India
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.
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Verghese Kurien
(Social Entrepreneur)
Verghese Kurien
3
Birthdate: November 26, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Calicut, (Madras Presidency) (now Kozhikode, Kerala, India)
Died: September 9, 2012
 29 
Vatsal Sheth
3
Birthdate: August 5, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
 30 
Sanjana Kapoor
5
Birthdate: November 27, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
 31 
Subhash Chandra
(Businessperson)
Subhash Chandra
4
Birthdate: November 30, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hisar district, Haryana, India
 32 
Adar Poonawalla
(CEO of the Serum Institute of India)
Adar Poonawalla
3
Birthdate: January 14, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pune, Maharashtra, India
 33 
Chanda Kochhar
(CEO of ICICI Bank)
Chanda Kochhar
5
Birthdate: November 17, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jodhpur, India
 34 
Cyrus Poonawalla
(Businessman)
Cyrus Poonawalla
3
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.

 35 
C. D. Deshmukh
2
Birthdate: January 14, 1896
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mahad
Died: October 2, 1982
 36 
Nandan Nilekani
(Founder of Infosys)
Nandan Nilekani
5
Birthdate: June 2, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bangalore

Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani is also the man behind the Indian biometric ID Aadhaar. Named to the Forbes list of India’s Richest in 2021, he also once teamed up with Ratan Tata to form Avanti Finance to help the poor get loans. He unsuccessfully contested as a Congress candidate, too.

 37 
Nirav Modi
(Diamond business bank fraud, wanted by Interpol)
Nirav Modi
3
Birthdate: February 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Palanpur, Gujarat, India
 38 
Robert Vadra
(Businessman, entrepreneur and the husband of Priyanka Gandhi)
Robert Vadra
0
Birthdate: April 18, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
 39 
Dilip Shanghvi
(Founder of Sun Pharmaceuticals)
Dilip Shanghvi
3
Birthdate: October 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Amreli, Gujarat, India
 40 
Urjit Patel
(24th Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (2016 -2018))
Urjit Patel
3
Birthdate: October 28, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya

Urjit Patel is an Indian economist. From 2016 to 2018, he served as the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. In 2018, he resigned stating personal reasons. He also became the fifth governor to have resigned before the completion of his term. Urjit Patel is the recipient of Yale University’s Wilbur Cross Medal. 

 41 
Isha Ambani
(Businesswoman)
Isha Ambani
6
Birthdate: October 23, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
 42 
Apoorva Mehta
(American Businessman and Founder of Grocery Delivery Company ‘Instacart’)
Apoorva Mehta
3
Birthdate: 1986 AD
Birthplace: India

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.

 43 
Ness Wadia
(Businessperson who is a co-owner of the Indian Premier League cricket team Punjab Kings)
Ness Wadia
3
Birthdate: May 30, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
 44 
Nusli Wadia
(Businessperson, Politician)
Nusli Wadia
3
Birthdate: February 15, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
 45 
Cyrus Pallonji Mistry
(Former Chairman of the Tata Group (2012 - 2016))
Cyrus Pallonji Mistry
3
Birthdate: July 4, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Indian-born businessman Cyrus Pallonji Mistry, son of billionaire Pallonji Mistry of the Shapoorji Pallonji group and an influential member of Mumbai’s Parsi community, chaired the Tata Group briefly. He was, however, voted out of his chairmanship over disagreements with the Tata family. Mistry is an Irish citizen through his Irish-born mother.

 46 
Vijay Shekhar Sharma
(Chief Executive Officer)
Vijay Shekhar Sharma
0
Birthdate: June 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
 47 
Ritesh Agarwal
(Entrepreneur)
Ritesh Agarwal
0
Birthdate: November 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bissam Cuttack, Rayagada, Odisha, India
 48 
Dorabji Tata
(Key figure in the history and development of the Tata Group)
Dorabji Tata
2
Birthdate: August 27, 1859
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Died: June 3, 1932
 49 
Bhavish Aggarwal
(Co-Founder & CEO of Ola Cabs)
Bhavish Aggarwal
4
Birthdate: August 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ludhiana, Punjab, India
 50 
Ajay Piramal
(Businessman)
Ajay Piramal
0
Birthdate: August 3, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bagar, Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan, India