Mar 18, 2024, 10:25 PM IST

9 influential businessmen who shaped modern India

Sonali Sharma

Dhirubhai Ambani (1932-2002) founded Reliance Industries in 1958. Ambani took Reliance public in 1977.

Ghanshyam Das Birla (1894–1983) inherited the family business and moved to further diversify them into other areas

Ardeshir Burjorji Sorabji Godrej (1868–1936) With his brother Pirojsha Burjorji, co-founded the Godrej Brothers Company, the precursor of the modern Godrej Group.

Govindram Seksaria, the Cotton King of India was among the most successful industrialist of pre-independence India.

Bhai Mohan Singh (1917-2006): The founder of pharmaceutical giant, Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd started his construction business during World War 2. 

Jamsetji Tata, the 'Father of Indian Industry' was the founder of the vast industrial empire.

KC Mahindra (1894 – 1963) Kailash Chandra Mahindra was an Indian industrialist and co-founder of Mahindra & Mahindra.

Verghese Kurien (1921 – 2012) 'Father of the White Revolution,' the world’s largest agricultural development program, which turned India into the world’s largest milk producer.

JRD Tata, son of RD Tata, a business partner and relative of Jamsetji Tata. He joined Tata Group as an unpaid apprentice in 1925 and found himself on the board of Tata Sons after his father's passing.