The 10 most famous entrepreneurs from India all have the same entrepreneurial spirit. These ten entrepreneurs did not inherit wealth from their families, or sign million dollar sport contracts. Each of these ten entrepreneurs started with a dream in a country that is known for producing successful entrepreneurs. They earned their millions the hard way through hard work, perseverance, and dedication.
- Tulsi Tanti is an entrepreneur who saw potential in an unshaped idea which he ventured into and made huge. Tulsi Tanti is Chairman of Suzion Energy LTD, a company that deals in wind energy. In 1990 Tanti invested in two windmills and from there realized the enormous potential. In 1995, he formed Suzion and has made Suzion Energy the sixth largest wind energy company in the world.
- Shiv Nadar is the Chief Executive Officer of Hindustan Computers Limited (HCL), India's largest info tech conglomerate. While working as an engineer with another company, Nadar knew that he wanted to become an entrepreneur by setting up his own business. He quit his job and launched his own company making office products mainly copiers. In 1970 when IBM quit India, Shiv Nadar's HCL stepped in for IBM.
- Rahul Bajaj is Chairman of the Bajat Group which is one of the top ten business groups in India. His company has diversified interests in everything ranging from automobiles to home appliances. After the recession and stock market collapse in 2001, the Bajaj Auto was hit hard. However, the company re-invented itself and become a major success.
- Dr. Pratap Reddy developed India's first corporate hospital group, The Apollo Hospital Group. He has revolutionized India's whole health care sector and today has over 750 corporate hospitals throughout the country. The idea came to Dr. Reddy when a patient could not make it to Texas for open heart surgery and died. Dr. Reddy created a medical infrastructure in India which made medical care more affordable and accessible for everyone.
- Naresh Goyal is the founder and Chairman of JetAirways, India's largest domestic airline. After he graduated college, Goyal joined the travel business. By 1974, Goyal founded JetAir to look after sales and marketing of foreign airlines in India. In 1991, Goyal took advantage of the open skies policy of the Indian Government and set up Jet Airways for operation of scheduled air service on domestic flights in India.
- Narayana Murthy is one of the founders of Infoys Technologies Limited. In 1999, Infoys became the first Indian company to be listed on NASDAQ. By 2006 the company employed over 50,000 people and had a turn over of two billion dollars. Murthy has always believed that honesty, transparency and moral integrity are the key factors in business.
- Anil Dhirubhai is the Chairman of Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group. After receiving his MBA, Ambani joined Reliance Company. He was responsible for India Inc's entry into overseas capital markets. In 1997 the 100-year Yankee bond issue was launched under his command. After the split in the Reliance Group, Ambani formed his own company and became Chairman of several of the Reliance entities.
- Azim Premji is Chairman of Wipro Technologies which is one of the largest software companies in India. As a student Premji was summoned home due to the death of his father. During an annual meeting, a shareholder advised Premji to sell his shares. This made Premji even more determined to make the company a success. Today Wipro Technologies is the largest independent R&D service provider.
- Ekta Kapoor is known as the reigning Queen of Indian television. She is the creative director of Balaji Telefilms and was awarded the startup entrepreneur of the year in 2001 by Ernst & Young. At nineteen she ventured into the TV-serial production arena. Her company Balaji Telefilms has produced over 25 serials which are shown four times a week on different channels.
- Kiran Mazumdar Shaw is the Chairman and Managing Director of Biocon LTD, the largest Biotechnology Company in India. Shaw started Biocon in 1978 in a rented garage space. Faced with a variety of problems and challenges since biotechnology was a new field and woman entrepreneur was very rare, Shaw overcame all entrepreneurial barriers and made Biocon a success.
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