Famous Indian Philanthropists

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Jamsetji Tata
(Founder of Tata Group of Industries)

Jamsetji Tata
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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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Savitribai Phule
(Social Reformer, Poet)

Savitribai Phule
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Birthdate: January 3, 1831
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Naigaon, British India (now in Satara district, Maharashtra)
Died: March 10, 1887

Savitribai Phule was a revolutionary social reformer who dedicated her life to educate girls and bring about gender equality in the face of resistance from the conservative Indian society. Phule, who was illiterate till her marriage, went on to become a teacher, a feat considered first by an Indian woman. With her husband, she established schools for girls in Maharashtra.

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Sunil Bharti Mittal
(Chairman and Group CEO of Bharti Enterprise)

Sunil Bharti Mittal
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Birthdate: October 23, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ludhiana, Punjab, India
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Nita Ambani
(Indian philanthropist)

Nita Ambani
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Birthdate: November 1, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Philanthropist Nita Ambani, wife of Indian business magnate and Reliance Industries MD and chairman Mukesh Ambani, founded the Reliance Foundation. Nita co-owns the IPL team Mumbai Indians, has established an international school, and became the first Indian woman IOC member. She was initially a teacher and is trained in Bharatnatyam.

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Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
(Business woman)

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
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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.

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Tina Ambani
(Actress)

Tina Ambani
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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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Shiv Nadar
(Founder of HCL)

Shiv Nadar
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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.

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Heera Rajagopal
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Birthdate: December 29, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chennai, India

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Vishnu Manchu
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Birthdate: November 23, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Madras, Tamil Nadu, India

Vishnu Manchu is an Indian film actor and producer best known for his contribution to the Telugu film and TV industry. He is credited with founding a film production company named 24 Frames Factory. Manchu is also credited with founding a school named New York Academy in Hyderabad where he currently serves as the chairman.

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Atul Kulkarni
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Birthdate: September 10, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Karnataka, India

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

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K.A. Paul
(Evangelist)

K.A. Paul
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Birthdate: September 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Andhra Pradesh, India

Founder of Global Peace Initiative and Gospel to the Unreached Millions, Indian evangelist K. A. Paul is well-known for his charitable work among the poor.  As an evangelist, he has traveled all over the world and has interacted with numerous leaders.  However, he has also been dogged by controversies throughout his career.

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Sangram Singh
(Wrestler)

Sangram Singh
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Birthdate: July 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Madina, Rohtak, Haryana, India

Confined to wheelchair for the first eight years of his life, Sangram Singh went on to become the World's Best Professional Wrestler, a title he won in 2012 for his style, stamina, and nature of wrestling. A brand ambassador for Government of India's Fit India Campaign, he also serves as a motivational speaker and appears in various reality television shows.

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Jamnalal Bajaj
(Businessperson)

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

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Muthappa Rai
(Businessperson, Philanthropist)

Muthappa Rai
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Puttur, Karnataka, India
Died: May 15, 2020

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Amit Bhatia
(Founding partner of Swordfish Investments and chairman of Queens Park Rangers football club)

Amit Bhatia
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Birthdate: September 4, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England

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Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar
(Poet, Composer, Philosopher, Philanthropist, Musicologist, Politician)

Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar
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Birthdate: July 18, 1919
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mysore Palace
Died: September 23, 1974

Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar was the maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore from 1940 to 1971. He was the son of Yuvaraja Kanteerava Narasimharaja Wadiyar and Yuvarani Kempu Cheluvajamanni. Even though the monarchy was abolished in 1950, he continued to hold the title of maharaja until 1971. He was also known as a philosopher, musicologist, and political thinker.

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Yusuf Hamied
(Scientist, billionaire businessman and the chairman of Cipla)

Yusuf Hamied
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Birthdate: July 25, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania

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Ela Bhatt
(Activist)

Ela Bhatt
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Birthdate: September 7, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ahmedabad, India

Best known as the founder of the Self-Employed Women's Association of India, or SEWA, Ela Bhatt is a champion for women empowerment. Her efforts have won her awards such as the Padma Shri, the Ramon Magsaysay Award, and the Padma Bhushan. A trained lawyer, she has also been a Rajya Sabha MP.

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A. V. Meiyappan
(Producer)

A. V. Meiyappan
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Birthdate: July 28, 1907
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Karaikudi, India
Died: August 12, 1979

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Walchand Hirachand
(Businessperson)

Walchand Hirachand
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Birthdate: November 23, 1882
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Solapur, Maharashtra, India
Died: April 8, 1953

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Vicenç Ferrer Moncho
(Philanthropist)

Vicenç Ferrer Moncho
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Birthdate: April 9, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
Died: June 19, 2009

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K.K. Birla
(Industrialist)

K.K. Birla
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Birthdate: October 12, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pilani, India
Died: August 30, 2008

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Sheila Singh Paul
(Founder and Director of Kalawati Saran Children's Hospital)

Sheila Singh Paul
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Birthdate: September 12, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: January 11, 2001

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Sassoon David Sassoon
(Businessman, Philanthropist)

Sassoon David Sassoon
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Birthdate: September 12, 1916, 1832
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
Died: June 24, 1867

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Akhilesh Das
(Politician)

Akhilesh Das
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Birthdate: March 31, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: April 12, 2017

The son of former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in India, Akhilesh Das was not just a qualified lawyer but also boasted of a PhD in management. A talented badminton player, he had also headed the Badminton Association of India. He had also represented the Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party.

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Mah Laqa Bai
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Birthdate: April 7, 1768
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hyderabad, India
Died: July 31, 1824

Born to a courtesan mother in Aurangabad, as Chanda Bibi, Mah Laqa Bai mastered Deccani Kathak. She grew up to be a refined woman, skilled in everything from martial arts to poetry. Remembered for her fine ghazals and Urdu poetry, she was also the courtesan of the Nizam of Hyderabad.

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Elias David Sassoon
(Merchant, Banker and was the second son of David Sassoon)

Elias David Sassoon
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Birthdate: March 27, 1820
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: March 21, 1880