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A M Naik
A M Naik

Anil Manibhai Naik(born June 9, 1942) is the Group Executive Chairman of Larsen & Toubro Limited, an Indian engineering conglomerate.

He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s 3rd highest civilian award, on January 26, 2009. Naik was also the recipient of the ‘Economic Times Awards-Business Leader of the Year’ award, for the year 2008.

Early life and Career:

Naik comes from Endhal, a village in South Gujarat, and belongs to a family of teachers. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Birla Vishvakarma Mahavidyalaya Engineering college in Vallabh Vidyanagar in Gujarat.

After graduation, he went to Bombay with a note from his father introducing him to Viren J. Shah working in Mukand Iron & Steel Works Limited to apply for its engineering programme. Due to his lack of proficiency in English, the personnel manager had asked him to improve his English. So Mr. Naik started working on his English skills. In the meantime, he joined Nestler Boilers, which was a Parsi-owned firm.

His career growth in Nestor Boilers was arrested by changes in ownership and management style and hence, once again, he was job hunting in 1965.

On March 15, 1965, Naik joined L&T, as a junior engineer. He was promoted as general manager in 1986. In 1999, he became the chief executive officer and managing director. And in 2003, he was appointed as chairman of Larsen & Toubro Ltd.

He is currently developing the educational institution set up by his father in a region called Kharel, Gujarat.2009.

He is currently the chairman of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

A.M. Naik has been married to Geeta Naik for over 50 years. He has two children who both live in the United States of America. His daughter is a pediatrician who is married and has two children. Naik’s son also lives in the United States with his wife.

Awards and Honors:

– Honorary Consul General for Denmark.
–  Senior member of the Confederation of Indian Industry.
–  Member of the Board of Trade, Ministry of Commerce, Government of India.
–  Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineers.
–  Member of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
–  Received the Special Award for Business Leader of the Year – Building India from the TV channel, NDTV Profit.
-Recipient of Gujarat Garima Award 2009. Awarded on 22 January 2009

-Recipient of Lakshya Business Visionary Award. Awarded by National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai.
-Received ‘Asiua Business Leader Award’ for 2010 by CNBC Asia.
– Received ‘CNBC Asia — Outstanding Business Leader’ Award for 2010.
– Conferred ‘Doctor of Letters’ (Honoris Causa) by the Sardar Patel University on 15 December 2011
–  He is nominated as the Chairman of the IIMA (IIM Ahmedabad) Society and the Board of Governors, for a period of three years starting March 28, 2012
–  Honorary doctorate from Gujarat Technological University on 19 January 2013.

Abigail Johnson
Abigail Johnson

She is the President of Fidelity Investments Personal Workplace and Institutional Services, a company founded by her father. She is also a member of the Committee of Capital Markets Regulation.

Adar Poonawalla
Adar Poonawalla

Born              :         January 14, 1981 (age 35)
Spouse           :         Natasha Poonawala
Parents          :        Cyrus S. Poonawalla
Organization :        Serum Institute of India
Alma mater   :         University of Westminster
Grandparent  :          Soli A. Poonawalla

Adar Poonawalla (born 14 January 1981) is the chief executive officer (CEO) and executive director of Serum Institute of India. Founded in 1966 by his father, Dr. Cyrus Poonawalla, it is the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer by number of doses produced and sold.
Career:
Poonawalla joined Serum Institute in 2001 after earning a bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Westminster in London. Then exporting its products to 35 countries, Poonawalla concentrated on the company’s international market and getting new products licensed and pre-qualified by the World Health Organization for supply to United Nations Agencies includiing UNICEF and PAHO. As of 2015, the company exported its products to over 140 countries. 85 percent of its revenues are from overseas.

In 2011 he became the chief executive of Serum Institute of India with full control of day-to-day operations of the company. In 2012 he played a major role in the acquisition of Bilthoven Biologicals a Netherlands based government vaccine manufacturing company. Poonawalla is a board member of the GAVI Alliance, the global Vaccine Alliance.

He initiated and launched Serum Institute’s Oral Polio Vaccine, which went on to become a bestseller for the company. In 2014, it was reported that he planned to expand the product portfolio to include vaccines for dengue, flu and cervical cancer.

In 2013 he hosted Charles, Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall during a private visit to Serum Institute’s manufacturing facility in India.The Serum Institute of India offered to donate five million vaccines to a country of The Prince’s choosing.
In 2013, Forbes India named him one of the “Four Scions to Watch Out For.”

Adar Poonawalla and Cyrus Poonawalla bid 550 million pounds for the Grosvenor House Hotel in London in July 2014.

Poonawalla group to invest Rs 100 crore for clean Pune initiative

Adi Godrej
Adi Godrej

Adi Godrej was born on 3 April, 1942 in Mumbai. He is an Indian industrialist and the present Chairman of the Godrej Group, which includes many Indian companies. He is also the Chairman of 2 international companies; Keyline Brands, U.K and Rapidol, South Africa; as well as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dadabhai Naoroji Memorial Prize Fund.

In 2010, Forbes estimated his net worth to be US $5.2 making him one of the richest persons in India.

Beginning of Adi Godrej’s Career

After completing his graduation, Adi Godrej returned to India and joined the family business – The Godrej Group. The management had high expectations from him as he was the first business graduate to join the company.

The Godrej Group was started more than a century ago and since then it manufactured locks and vegetable based soaps which displaced many foreign brands.

The Godrej Group continued to function with an inflexible style of management which it followed under the controlled era of British rule, even after India’s independence. Hence when Adi Godrej joined the group, he faced the challenge of modernizing the management structures and making them more flexible and systematic.

His efforts towards process improvements led to the progress and growth of the Godrej Group.

Adi started the group’s movement away from family hegemony that inflicted many family businesses of that time in India. This was ensured by appointing CEOs from outside the Godrej family to head the various group companies.

Adi instilled new business processes at a time when companies perceived “change” to be disruptive and threatening. He created an emotional connect of both his personal and the group’s brand image with people by maintaining traditional middle class core values have remained middle class. From the beginning, Adi as a businessman was very tech-savvy took special interest in technology adoption which benefited his business.

Under his leadership, the Godrej Group kept overhauling growth targets and reached great heights of success.

Ajay Dhumal
Ajay Dhumal

Ajay Dhumal is an Indian business magnate, who is the Chairman, and Managing Director of K.P. Group, a conglomerate based in Mumbai, India. K.P. Group mainly deals in wind energy, solar energy, cyber security, cement manufacturing, infrastructure development, real estate, warehousing, salt manufacturing, and aquaculture activities.

In 2016, Institute of Economic Studies, felicitated him at an event held in Dubai, and the Indian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates awarded him the Udyog Ratan Award. K.P. Power, one of the companies of the K.P. Group received a gold medal at the Indo-UAE Economic Cooperation.

K.P. Power also is putting up the world largest private solar park which is a 3,500 MW solar park in Maharashtra, which will attract investment to the tune of $3 Billion (~ 20,000 Crores).

Born:            16 July 1957 Ahmednagar, Maharashtra

Residence:        Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Nationality:      Indian

Ethnicity :         Maratha

Citizenship:       Indian

Education:        Bachelors of Commerce and Law

Alma mater:     Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce Government Law College, Mumbai

Occupation      Chairman & Managing Director K.P. Group:

Years active:    1984 – Present

Net worth:        Increase Undisclosed

Religion :          Hinduism

Spouse(s):         Surekha Dhumal (m. 1986)

Children:          Gayatri Dhumal, Yash Dhumal

Parent(s)         Shankarrao Dhumal, Shevanta Dhumal

Business career

During his college days, he started construction of residential buildings in Mumbai in 1982 as a first-generation entrepreneur. In the early 1990s, Ajay Dhumal participated in the Government of Maharashtra encouraged scheme of developing export-oriented aquaculture activity, by acquiring and utilizing thousands of acres of vast saline lands available with the Government of Maharashtra.

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Ajit Gulabchand
Ajit Gulabchand

Ajit Gulabchand (born 1948) is an Indian industrialist. Gulabchand is the chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Construction Company. Gulabchand serves as chairman of the board of governance at National Institute of Construction Management & Research (NICMAR) and as chairman of Walchand College of Engineering, Sangli.

Career

Gulabchand has been a Director of Indian Hume Pipe since 1993. He serves as Director of Hindustan Finvest, HCC Infotech, Hincon Technoconsult, Hincon Realty, Hincon Holdings, Ucchar Investments, Western Securities, LAVASA Corporation, Motorsports Association of India, Constructmall.com, Champali Garden, Shalaka Investment, Gulabchand Foundation and as an independent, non-executive Director of Bajaj Electricals.

He is a founding member of the World Economic Forum’s Disaster Resource Network and a member of the National Council of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He is a promoter of the Lavasa township, intended to be India’s first new hill station since independence.

Personal life

Gulabchand is a scion of the Walchand family. Gulabchand took charge of Hindustan Construction Co. Ltd. after managing other large public companies promoted by the family. He also served as the Director of Brabourne Enterprises Ltd. from June 25, 1997, to June 16, 2008, and RPG Life Sciences Ltd. from June 25, 1997, to June 2008. He came from Digambara Jain family of Gujarat settled in Solapur and is son of Gulabchand Hirachand, where he possesses ancestral property. On interview with Newslaundry, author Tavleen Singh told that she is living with him for past 25 years.

Education

Gulabchand graduated from Sydenham College, Mumbai University with a Bachelor’s degree in commerce.

Akash Ambani
Akash Ambani

Akash Ambani is the scion of the Ambani family. Like father Mukesh and Grandfather Dhiru Bhai, Akash is also a family name. Whenever out of home, he always misses parents, brother Anant and twin sister Isha Ambani.

Akash Mukesh Ambani (born 1991) is an Indian businessman who is the chief of strategy of Jio, an upcoming 4G service provider. He is the elder son of Mukesh Ambani, the chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and Nita Ambani, founder of Reliance Foundation. After graduating in Economics from Brown University, in October 2014 he was inducted into the boards of directors of Jio and Reliance Retail.

Business career

In 2014, after receiving an undergraduate degree in Economics from Brown University, Ambani interned with his father at the family business. Later that year, he was inducted into the boards of directors of Reliance Jio and Reliance Retail.

In October 2015, Ambani quoted that his company, Jio, was evolving every day like a startup. A provider of 4G data services along with a collection of online services, Jio will launch in April 2016. An employee launch of the services happened in December 2015 at the presence of its brand ambassador, Shahrukh Khan.

Early Life

As you might know, Akash Ambani was born in Mumbai and completed his education from the same city. His schooling was done from Dhiru Bhai Ambani International School. This school is run by a trust which is headed by Nita Ambani.

After completing his school, Akash went to the USA for higher studies. He applied to all top universities, and got a call from the Brown University. His father Mukesh didn’t interfere anywhere in this selection.

Last year, Akash returned to India after completing his major in Economics. Just one week later, he was asked by Mukesh Ambani to join the executive team of Reliance Jio. In fact, Mukesh is following the rules set by Dhiru Bhai.

If you believe a prominent business magazine, Akash doesn’t even spend time outside his home. His work schedule is planned by Mukesh Ambani. He works on five days a week. After that, he is required to be at home. There is very little spare time left for him.

Hobbies of Akash Ambani

As mentioned, the first hobby of Akash Ambani is to spend time with his family members. Apart from that, he is also an animal lover. He is also a very good photographer. And, in the end, he loves to keep up with the latest in the world of technology.

Al-Waleed bin Talal
Al-Waleed bin Talal

Al-Waleed Bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al Saud ( born 7 March 1955) is a Saudi business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is a member of the Saudi royal family.

Waleed was listed as one of Time magazine’s Time 100, an annual list of the hundred most influential people in the world in 2008. Waleed is a nephew of the late Saudi King Abdullah, a grandson of Ibn Saud, the first Saudi king, and a grandson of Riad Al Solh, Lebanon’s first Prime Minister.

Al-Waleed is the founder, the chief executive officer and 95 percent-owner of the Kingdom Holding Company, a Forbes Global 2000 company with investments in companies within various sectors such as financial services, tourism and hospitality, mass media, entertainment, retail, agriculture, petrochemicals, aviation, technology, and real estate.The company has a market capitalization of over $18 billion in 2013.Waleed is also Citigroup’s largest individual shareholder, the second-largest voting shareholder in 21st Century Fox, and owns Paris’ Four Seasons Hotel George V and part of the Plaza Hotel.His business acumen and shrewd entrepreneurial prowess have earned him comparisons to American investor and business magnate Warren Buffett. Due to his prominence as a businessman, he was acknowledged by Time, who labeled the Prince as the “Arabian Warren Buffett”.In March 2016 Forbes listed Al-Waleed as the 41st richest man in the world, with an estimated net worth of US$17.3 billion.

In 2015 Al-Waleed announced that he would donate his entire fortune to charity at an unspecified date. Some of the reasons cited were fostering cultural understanding and empowering women.

Philanthropy:

Beyond business, Al-Waleed is an active philanthropist. Much of Al-Waleed’s charitable activities are in the field of educational initiatives to bridge gaps between Western and Islamic communities. Over the years, he has funded a number of centers of American studies in universities in the Middle East and centers of Islamic studies in Western universities, which has caused Campus Watch and Jewish American interest groups to question the centers’ academic autonomy.

On July 1, 2015, Prince Alwaleed held a press conference in which he announced his intention to donate $32 billion to philanthropic causes. He said that the funds will be used for humanitarian projects such as the empowerment of women and youth, as well as disaster relief, disease eradication and building bridges of understanding across cultures.

Controversial donation after the 11 September attacks:

Immediately after the September 11 attacks, Al-Waleed gave a cheque for $10 million to New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani over-riding opposition in the Kingdom. He publicized a written statement upon his donation, stating, “At times like this, we must address some of the issues that led to such a criminal attack. I believe the government of the United States of America should re-examine its policies in the Middle East and adopt a more balanced stance toward the Palestinian cause.” As a result of his statement, Giuliani returned the cheque.

Al-Waleed spoke to a Saudi weekly magazine regarding the rejection of his cheque by the mayor: “The whole issue is that I spoke about their position [on the Middle East conflict] and they didn’t like it because there are Jewish pressures and they are afraid of them.”

Palestinians:

In 2002, Al-Waleed donated £18.5 million to the families of Palestinians during a TV telethon following Israeli operations in the West Bank city of Jenin. The telethon was ordered by Saudi King Fahd to help relatives of Palestinians.

Phillips Academy:

In 2002, Al-Waleed donated $500,000 to help fund the George Herbert Walker Bush Scholarship at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.

2004 Indian Ocean earthquake:

In 2004, Al-Waleed contributed $17 million to victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.

Western Universities:

On 8 May 2008, Al-Waleed gave £16 million to Edinburgh University to fund the “centre for the study of Islam in the contemporary world.” An active center at the American University of Beirut is also established by a fund from Prince Al-Waleed, namely: The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR). The Institute for Computational Biomedicine at Weill Cornell Medical College is named for Al-Waleed.The Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge also bears the name of Al-Waleed,as does the Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University.

First Saudi female pilot:

Al-Waleed is considered a proponent for female emancipation in the Saudi world. He has financed the training of Hanadi Zakaria al-Hindi to become the first Saudi woman commercial airline pilot and has stated on her graduation that he is “in full support of Saudi ladies working in all fields”. Al-Hindi became certified to fly within Saudi Arabia in 2014.

Alexey Mordashov
Alexey Mordashov

He is the owner of Severstal, a mining conglomerate based in Russia but with interests in different countries around the world. He amassed a major portion of his wealth in the steel industry in Russia after it was privatized. He is also a known philanthropist and sponsors the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Theatres regularly.

Alice  Walton
Alice Walton

She is the only daughter of Sam and Helen Walton. She is the Chairman of the Walton Family Foundation. She is considered to be the second richest American woman.