List of Indian entrepreneurs
With the help of this article, we are presenting to you five of the most inspiring success stories of Indian entrepreneurs that will inspire you.
The success stories of Indian Entrepreneurs across India will serve as an inspiration for those hoping to make it big in the entrepreneur world.
These success stories are nothing short of inspiring and prove one fact over and over again – everything is possible; if you have the will to accomplish it!
SugerMint profiles six success stories of Indian entrepreneurs who made it big from the scratch. Read on..
Anand Mahindra, Director of Mahindra & Mahindra, Business on Mind
Anand Mahindra is an Indian entrepreneur, and the chairperson of Mahindra Group, a Mumbai-based business conglomerate.
He is the grandson of co-founder of Mahindra & Mahindra, Jagdish Chandra Mahindra. He is an alumnus of Harvard Business School and Harvard University.
As of January 2020, his net worth is about $1.6 billion. He is included among the ‘World’s 50 Greatest Leaders’ by Fortune Magazine. Anand Mahindra was given the Padma Bhushan Award and third-highest civilian award in India.
Anand Mahindra is also the Co-Chairperson of the World Economic Forum. He was noted as ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Forbes (India) for 2013 and included by Fortune Magazine among the ‘World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.
Anand Mahindra also received the Rajiv Gandhi Award for his outstanding contributions to the business field.
He received the Leadership Award from the American India Foundation and awarded the person of the year award from Auto Monitor.
Mahindra & Mahindra Group operates in aftermarket, aerospace, components, agribusiness, defence, energy, automotive, construction equipment, insurance, farm equipment, finance, industrial equipment, hospitality, information technology, leisure, logistics, real estate, and retail.
Radhakishan Damani – Founder of “D-Mart”, the mega-retail chain stores
Radhakishan Damani, Famously known as RK Damani or Mr. White and White is the founder of D-Mart supermarket and mega-retail chain stores in India.
RK Damani is a Mumbai based Entrepreneur and billionaire investor. Radhakishan is considered the king of the Damani retail business.
He dropped out of college from the University of Mumbai. At the age of 32, Radhakishan Damani started the stockbroking business.
Dmart was founded in 2000 in Powai, Mumbai and is a one-stop hypermarket chain and supermarket in India.
D’Mart offers a wide range of basic home products and personal care products under one roof.
Each DMart supermarket store stocks home utility products – including beauty products, Toys & Games, bed and bath linen, home appliances, Footwear, Stationery, food, kitchenware, toiletries, garments, and more.
The brands D Mart Premia, D Homes, D Mart, D Mart Minimax, Dutch Harbour, etc are brands owned by Avenue Supermarts Ltd.
Today, DMart has a well-established presence in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Telangana, NCR, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan.
Gautam Adani – CEO of Adani Group, A man who dreamt big and made it a reality
Gautam Adani is the chairperson and founder of the Adani Group, Indian entrepreneur and billionaire industrialist.
Gautam Adani is the president of the Adani Foundation, which is primarily led by Priti Adani. He is involved in port development and operations in India.
He founded The Adani Group in 1988 and diversified his business into energy, defence, agriculture, resources, and aerospace, logistics, amongst others.
In 1991, Gautam Adani started expanding the businesses into trading of textiles, agro products, and metals.
He got the contract from the Government of Gujarat for managerial outsourcing of the Mundra Port In 1993.
He started its first jetty in 1995, which was operated by Mundra Port & Special Economic Zone.
Mundra Port is the largest private-sector port in India and has the handling capacity of more than 200 million tons of cargo per annum and it.
His net worth is estimated to be around $15.7 billion in 2019, According to Forbes. In 2019, according to India Today, Gautam Adani was ranked as the 3rd most powerful person in India.
He has a 75% stake in Adani Enterprises, 66% stake in Adani Ports & SEZ Limited, 75% stake in Adani Transmission, 73% stake in Adani Power.
Hari Menon, Big Basket CEO & Co-Founder
He was born in 1996 in Bandra West, Mumbai into a middle-class family. Hari Menon is one of those Indian entrepreneurs, who struggle a lot in his initial life and his entrepreneurial journey.
Hari is the Co-Founder and CEO of India’s largest supermarket, BigBasket. He is also a Founder of Symphony Industrial AI.
Hari Menon was the chief executive officer of Indiaskills, the vocational education JV of City & Guilds, The UK with Manipal Group.
Before founding Big Basket, Hari Menon served as the chief executive officer for various companies including Timeli, Tumri, and Serus Corporation.
He is an alumnus of BITS Pilani. He worked with Wipro as a Business Head in the Infotech business.
He is the co-founder of one of the pioneers in India’s eCommerce and retail space, Fabmall performed the same functions that Amazon, Shopclues, Pepperfry, Flipkart, Myntra does today.
Kishore Biyani: Founder of the Future Group, Pantaloon, and Big Bazaar
Kishore Biyani is one of the very few entrepreneurs who has carved a niche in his own way and managed to build an entire empire, all by him, and without any family backing.
Kishore Biyani is an Indian entrepreneur. He is the chief executive officer (CEO) and founder of Future Group and the founder of retail businesses including Pantaloon Retail and Big Bazaar.
Koshore was not good at studies and interested in only one subject and that was business.
He started working with his two older cousins and brothers business, which was fabric-trading business, named “Bansi Silk Mills”, but became frustrated.
He started making trousers at the age of 22 and created ‘Pantaloon’ brand from Patloon.
In 1983, Kishore Biyani started his own business of fashionable fabric manufacturing for sale to garment manufacturers.
After this, Kishore Biyani started “Manz wear Private Limited”. He also launched his own brand “WBB – white, brown and blue” a fabric for men’s trousers.
After this, He founded Big Bazaar in 2001. Many brands like Food Bazaar, Factory, Home Town, Fashion, Central, and Ezone at Big Bazaar were added with the name of Future Group. The secret of Kishore’s success is his dedication and hard work.
Baba Kalyani: Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Forge
Baba Kalyani full name Babasaheb Neelkanth Kalyani is an Indian entrepreneur who served as the managing director and chairman of the world’s second-largest forgings manufacturer, Bharat Forge.
He completed his high school from Rashtriya Military School, Belgaum. He obtained his MS degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Kalyani received a BE (Hons.) in Mechanical Engineering degree from BITS Pilani. He joined Bharat Forge in 1972. Bharat Forge Limited is developing a hybrid solution.
The company engaged in the manufacturing of solar energy equipment and Flagship Company of the Kalyani Group.
Baba Kalyani received the Padma Bhushan award for contributions to Trade and Industry.
We hope, these success stories of Indian entrepreneurs hopefully will inspire you through your entrepreneurial journey and will keep you motivated.