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 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.

 2 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.

 3 Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella
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Famous As: Chairman & CEO of Microsoft
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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 4 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.

 5 Indra Nooyi

Indra Nooyi
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Famous As: CEO of Pepsico
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.

 6 Jamsetji Tata

Jamsetji Tata
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Famous As: Founder of Tata Group of Industries
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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 7 Lakshmi Mittal

Lakshmi Mittal
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Famous As: CEO of ArcelorMittal
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.

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 8 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, Punjab, India

 9 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.

 10 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.

 11 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.

 12 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.

 13 Shantanu Narayen

Shantanu Narayen
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Famous As: CEO of Adobe
Birthdate: May 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hyderabad, Telangana, India

 14 Gautam Adani

Gautam Adani
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Famous As: Founder of Adani Group
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.

 15 Shiva Ayyadurai

Shiva Ayyadurai
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
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.

 16 J. R. D. Tata

J. R. D. Tata
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Famous As: Businessman, 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. 

 17 Lara Dutta

Lara Dutta
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Famous As: She was previously crowned as Miss Intercontinental 1997
Birthdate: April 16, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

 18 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

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. 

 19 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.

 20 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

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.

 21 Jay Mehta

Jay Mehta
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Famous As: Businessman and Entrepreneur, he is Grandson of Nanji Kalidas Mehta, who own the Mehta Group
Birthdate: January 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: India

 22 Menaka

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

 23 Ritu Nanda

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

 24 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

 25 Vatsal Sheth

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

 26 Sanjana Kapoor

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

 27 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.

 28 Subhash Chandra

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

 29 Chanda Kochhar

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

 30 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.

 31 Shiv Nadar

Shiv Nadar
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Famous As: Founder of HCL
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.

 32 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

 33 Nandan Nilekani

Nandan Nilekani
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Famous As: Founder of Infosys
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.

 34 Ritesh Agarwal

Ritesh Agarwal
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bissam Cuttack, Rayagada, Odisha, India

 35 Ajay Piramal

Ajay Piramal
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: August 3, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bagar, Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan, India

 36 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

 37 Urjit Patel

Urjit Patel
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Famous As: Economist
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. 

 38 Robert Vadra

Robert Vadra
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Famous As: Businessman, entrepreneur and the husband of Priyanka Gandhi
Birthdate: April 18, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

 39 Isha Ambani

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

 40 Vijay Shekhar Sharma

Vijay Shekhar Sharma
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Famous As: Chief Executive Officer
Birthdate: June 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India

 41 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.

 42 Ness Wadia

Ness Wadia
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Famous As: Businessperson who is a co-owner of the Indian Premier League cricket team Punjab Kings
Birthdate: May 30, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mumbai, India

 43 Nusli Wadia

Nusli Wadia
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Famous As: Businessperson, Politician
Birthdate: February 15, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

 44 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

 45 Byju Raveendran

Byju Raveendran
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: 1981 AD
Birthplace: Azhikode, Kerala, India

 46 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

 47 Uday Kotak

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

 48 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

 49 Dorabji Tata

Dorabji Tata
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Famous As: Key figure in the history and development of the Tata Group
Birthdate: August 27, 1859
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Died: June 3, 1932

 50 Arundhati Bhattacharya

Arundhati Bhattacharya
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Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: March 18, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India