Biography – Indian Entrepreneurs – Azim Premji

Born: July 24, 1945

Azim Premji

Childhood/Education – Azim Hashim Premji was born on July 24, 1945 and he studied the Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, USA. Due to unfortunate death of his father, he was called to take over the family business. He started managing his family business at a young age of 21 years in 1966. At a time when Azim Premji took over the company, Wipro was into hydrogenated cooking fats. It got diversified later into ethnic ingredient based toiletries, bakery fats, hair care soaps, lighting products, baby toiletries, and hydraulic cylinders. Premji focussed his efforts from soaps to software and created one of the biggest IT Company of India.

Wipro has shown phenomenal growth under Azim Premji’s leadership and got transformed from hydrogenated cooking fats company to leading integrated business, technology and process Solutions Company. Wipro Technologies is widely recognised on a global scale and is the largest independent R&D service provider throughout the world. Wipro is also at the forefront of leading IT and software companies of India.

Achievements – Azim Premji is the Chairman of Wipro Technologies and is among the richest Indian for past so many years. In year 2005, he was honoured with Padma Bhushan. He is a leading icon among the Indian businessmen and his story has inspired many budding entrepreneurs. He has achieved several milestones in his career and he was vote among the 20 most powerful men in the world in 2000. He was in the list of 50 richest people of the world from 2001 to 2003. He was also rated among the 100 most influential people in the world in 2004 by Times Magazine. He is among the list of richest Indian for so many years. He was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 2005 by the government of India.