One of the most well-known and respected industrialists
in India, Ratan Tata, is the Chairman of the Tata Group.
Born on December 28, 1937, in Mumbai, he suffered as a child
because his parents separated when he was very young. He
was brought up by his grandmother Lady Navajbai and did
his schooling in Mumbai. He graduated with a degree in Architecture
and Structural Engineering from Cornell University and joined
his family business.
He was sent to Jamshedpur to work at Tata Steel. He was
appointed the Director-in-Charge of The National Radio &
Electronics Company Limited (Nelco) in 1971 and was successful
in turning Nelco around.
In 1981, he became the Chairman of Tata Industries and was
instrumental in ushering in a wide array of reforms. It
was under his stewardship that Tata Consultancy Services
went public and Tata Motors was listed in the New York Stock
He was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India
in January 2000. He serves on the boards of several leading
organizations, both in the public as well as the private
sector in India. He is a member of the International Investment
Council set up by the President of South Africa and serves
on the programme board of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's
India AIDS initiative.
He is credited with leading the Tatas' successful bid for
Corus- an Anglo-Dutch steel and aluminum producer, which
was acquired by Tata Sons for an estimated £6.7 billion
in January 2007.