Some of India’s Top Entrepreneurs inherited their entrepreneurial genes from their forefathers, while others were bitten by the entrepreneurial bug and made their billions on their own. Over the years, all these leaders demonstrated a great capacity for risk-taking, and great courage while creating wealth for themselves and the community.
Mukesh Ambani, Reliance Industries
With a net worth of $ 18.9 billion, Mukesh Ambani has retained his entrepreneurial flair and capacity to build businesses of huge scale. Building upon the businesses inherited from his father Dhirubhai Ambani, Mukesh’s Reliance Industries has leading interests in oil exploration and refining, petrochemicals, security, telecommunication, and retail.
Dilip Shanghvi, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries
He has seen a meteoric rise. From being the son of a drug distributor to becoming the founder and managing director of India’s largest and most valued pharmaceutical manufacturing company! He started Sun Pharmaceutical in 1982 with a capital of Rs.10000 and has used acquisitions to fuel dramatic growth. He has a net worth of $18 billion today and is the second richest Indian. He is self-made.
Azim Premji, Wipro Industries
Wipro is India’s third largest software and technology company. Premji’s share of Wipro makes his net worth at $15.9 billion. Apart from being a very astute businessman, he is the largest contributor to charitable causes such as education. He is often referred to as India’s Bill Gates for these reasons.
Shiv Nadar, HCL Group
He started his entrepreneurial journey in 1976 with an investment of Rs.187000 selling calculators and microcomputers. He has transformed the IT hardware company into an IT Enterprise by reinventing the group’s business focus. He has a net worth of over $12.9 billion.
Adi Godrej, Godrej Group
The 118 year old Godrej Group is well diversified today with interests in consumer products, security, household appliances, real estate and industrial tools. Adi Godrej, a third generation Godrej, heads the group and has a net worth of $ 11.4 billion.
Lakshmi Mittal, ArcelorMittal
Lakshmi Mittal was once India’s richest person and one of the largest steel makers in the world. But falling steel prices have seen his net worth erode to $11.2 billion. He started working for his father’s steel business and then made his fortune by buying and turning around sick steel mills.
Cyrus Poonawalla, Serum Institute of India
Cyrus Poonawalla is India’s largest manufacturer of vaccines. The ‘Vaccine King’ operates out of Pune. He has a net worth of $7.9 million and is rapidly expanding Serum’s capacity to make a range of new vaccines.
Kumar Birla, Aditya Birla Group
G.D Birla started this business in the 1900s with a cotton textile mill. Today the diversified group with interests in textiles, retail, cement, metals and more has crossed $7.8 billion in net worth and is run by the fourth generation Kumar Birla.
Gautam Adani, Adani Group
Ports, power, gas and coal mining, Gautam Adani is the rising star in the infrastructure business today. Entirely self-made, Adani made his first million as an 18 year old diamond broker. He has leveraged his local Guajarati business acumen to power his group to a net worth of $7 billion.
Uday Kotak, Kotak Mahindra Bank
He is India’s first self-made billionaire banker with a net worth of $6.5 billion. He has also been named Business Leader of the Year by The Economic Times. Armed with only a MBA degree, Uday Kotak built his fledging finance company into India’s second most valuable private bank.