100+ Most Famous Indian Businessmen

Entrepreneurs are people who dared to go beyond set norms and make things happen. All of the listed below entrepreneurs have one thing in common: Their vision was clear that they can make it happen.

Businesses which have global presence now were once started in the by-lanes of a city by one or a group of similar thinking entrepreneurs. This reminds me of Karsanbhai Patel, who started Nirma when he first sold his handmade detergent in the neighborhoods. And then there is Dhirubhai Ambani who first started a small trading firm and now we all know how successful is his company.

There are innumerable others which can be an inspiration for the one who wants to start a business someday and become successful. I'm listing here the hundred most successful Indian entrepreneurs, to know more about them just read the Wikipedia page associated with them. By far this is the most comprehensive list of Indian entrepreneurs anywhere on the net. The list is sorted in the ascending order of their names.

  1. Adi Godrej - Chairman of the Godrej group and the second richest Parsi in the world
  2. Aditya Vikram Birla - Former Chairperson of the Birla Group. Among the first Indians to expand his business abroad.
  3. Ajay Piramal - Head honcho of he Piramal Group of Industries. Piramal Group has a tremendous base in the Pharma Industry.
  4. Akhila Srinivasan - One of the most famous women entrepreneur. M.D of the Shriram Investments Ltd.
  5. Amar Bose - Founder and Chairman of the consumer electronics giant Bose Corporation.
  6. Analjit Singh - Founder of the Health Insurance company Max Healthcare.
  7. Anand Mahindra - Managing Director of the Mahindra and Mahindra Group.
  8. Anil Agarwal - A college dropout started the Sterlite Industries and now heads the Vedanta Group.
  9. Anil Ambani - President of the ADAG group and a board member of many business schools and companies.
  10. Anil Manibhai Naik - Director of Larsen and Toubro group.
  11. Ardeshir Godrej - Founder of the Godrej Group.
  12. Arjun Malhotra - Co-founder of the HCL Technologies.
  13. Aroon Purie - Media baron and Editor-in-chief of India Today.
  14. Azim Premji - One of the most influential person in the Industry. Chairman of the Wipro Group.
  15. Bhai Mohan Singh - Pioneer of the Indian pharma industry.
  16. Biki Oberoi - Former chairman of India's third largest hospitality chain: Oberoi Hotels and Resorts.
  17. Brij Mohan Lal Munjal - Founder of the Hero MotoCorp.
  18. Captain Gopinath - Pioneer of the low-cost airline travel in India. Air Deccan is the first low-cost airline of India.
  19. Chanda Kochhar - Successful banker and currently the Managing Director of the ICICI bank.
  20. Cyrus S. Poonawalla - Founder of Serum Institute of India which is the fifth biggest vaccine maker in the world.
  21. Deepak Parekh - Has been awarded many times by the Indian government for his work in the banking industry. Now serving as the non-executive chairman of the HDFC bank.
  22. Desh Bandhu Gupta - Heads the pharma company Lupin Ltd.
  23. Dhirubhai Ambani - Most famous businessperson of India.
  24. Dilip S. Shanghvi - Started Sun Pharma.
  25. Dr. Kallam Anji Reddy - Founder of the Dr. Reddy's Labs.
  26. Dr. Pratap Reddy - Founder of the Apollo Hospitals Group.
  27. Ekta Kapoor - Famous TV show producer.
  28. Gautam Adani - Didn't went to college. Heads the Adani Group of companies. Billionaire also credited with running India's largest private port known as Adani Ports and SEZ or more commonly the Mundra port.
  29. Ghanshyam Das Birla - Founding father of the Birla Group.
  30. Govindram Seskaria - Most famous Indian businessman from the pre-indepence era. Also, known as the cotton king of the world.
  31. Grandhi Mallikarjuna Rao - Founder and chairman of the GMR group.
  32. Gulshan Kumar - Erstwhile king of the Indian music industry.
  33. Gurbaksh Chahal - Indian-American entrepreneur. Known for his achievement in the internet industry.
  34. Harish Manwani - Chairman of the British FMCG producer Unilever.
  35. Indra Nooyi - CEO of PepsiCo. Most famous women business executive from India.
  36. Indu Jain - Chairperson of the Times Group which has many front-line daily newspapers in India.
  37. Jamsetji Tata - Founder of the Tata Group.
  38. JRD Tata - Known for his groundbreaking achievement in the Indian aviation industry.
  39. Jyoti Naik - President of the Lijjat Pappad association.
  40. Karan Bilimoria - Co-founder of the Cobra Beer.
  41. Karsanbhai Patel - Founding father of the Nirma Group.
  42. Kasturbhai Lalbhai - Well-known industrialist of the pre-independence era.
  43. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw - Celebrated women entrepreneur who is the Managing Director of Biocon.
  44. Kumar Mangalam Birla - Currently the chairperson of the Aditya Birla group which presence in more than 30 countries.
  45. Kundapur VamanKamath - Banker extraordinaire former CEO of ICICI bank.
  46. Kushal Pal Singh - Real-estate mogul. CEO of the DLF Universal.
  47. Lakshmi Mittal - Richest man of Indian origin. Director of the world's largest steel making company called as ArcelorMittal.
  48. Lalit Suri - Prominent hotelier. Founder of Intercontinental.
  49. Mohan Singh Oberoi - Founding chairman of the Oberoi Hotels.
  50. Mallika Srinivasan - Prominent women entrepreneur of India.
  51. Malvinder Singh Mohan - One of the richest Indians. Former boss of Ranbaxy Laboratories.
  52. Micky Jagtiani - Dubai based Indian retail business owner of the Landmark chain of stores.
  53. Mohandas Pai - Headed several top-notch positions in Infosys. Has been awarded as the Best CFO in India.
  54. Mukesh Ambani - Is always in the news for his achievements in the various industries.
  55. Naina Lal Kidwai - General Manager of the HSBC Group.
  56. Nandan Nilekani - Former Chairman of Infosys and now the chief of UIDAI which is issuing Aadhar card.
  57. Narayan Murthy - Co-founder of Infosys and after retiring he now serves as an independent director of number of companies.
  58. Narendra Patni - CEO of IT giant Patni Computer Systems.
  59. Naresh Goyal - Owner of Jet Airways which is the largest Indian Airline operator.
  60. Nusli Wadia - One of the most famous business personalities of Mumbai.
  61. O. P. Jindal - Established Jindal Steel and Power.
  62. Pradeep Sindhu - One of the founders of Juniper Networks which manufactures networking equipment.
  63. Prannoy L Roy - Media baron founder of NDTV.
  64. Priya Paul - Owner of the Apeejay Group.
  65. Rahul Bajaj - Successful businessman, chairperson of the Bajaj Group. Also had a stint in politics as a member of Rajya Sabha. Known for this outspokenness.
  66. Rajan Raheja - Heads a long list of businesses.
  67. Rajiv Gupta - General Manger incharge of HP (Hewlett Packard).
  68. Ramesh Agarwal - Media mogul who owns the Dainik Bhaskar group.
  69. Ramnath Goenka - Owner of Indian Express.
  70. Ratan Tata - In-arguably the most famous Indian business personality of all time.
  71. Raunaq Singh - Founder of the Raunaq group which is famous for companies such as Apollo Tyres, Bharat Gears, Raunaq Pharma among others.
  72. Ravi Ruia - Co-founder of the Essar Group.
  73. Ritu Kumar - Famous fashion designer.
  74. Ronnie Screwvala - Chairman of the UTV group, and has invested in many bollywood movies.
  75. Rakesh Jhunjhunwala - One of India's most successful trader and investor.
  76. Shantanurao Laxmanrao Kirloskar - Did tremendous work and made Kirloskar Group a famous name.
  77. Sabeer Bhatia - Famous Indian-American entrepreneur who co-founded world's first free email service.
  78. Sam Pitroda - Has served in many prestigious positions in private businesses as well as for the Indian government.
  79. Sant Singh Chatwal - Influential Indian-American businessman founder of Hampshire Hotels and Resorts.
  80. Savitri Jindal - Most wealthiest woman of India.
  81. Shahnaz Hussain - Made her name by making ayruvedic and herbal beauty products.
  82. Shikha Sharma - M.D of the Axis Bank.
  83. Shiv Nadar - Founder of HCL Technologies.
  84. Shobhana Bhartia - Boss at the Hindustan Times.
  85. Subhash Chandra Goyal - Exporter turned founder of Essel Group, which launched Zee T.V, the first private channel of India.
  86. Subroto Roy - Sahara Group founding director and chairman.
  87. Sulajja Firodia Motwani - Director of Kinetic Engineering. Famous for making scooters and motorcycles.
  88. Sunil Mittal - His story is extraordinary. Now serves as the CEO of Bharti Enterprises.
  89. Swaraj Paul - Indian born British Business magnate.
  90. Trichur Vengaram Sundram Iyengar - Founder of TVS Motors.
  91. Tulsi Tanti - Managing Director of Suzlon Energy.
  92. Uday Kotak - Managing Director of Kotak Mahindra Bank.
  93. Vaman Srinivas Kudva - Co-founder of the Syndicate Bank which has more than 25,000 employees.
  94. Venugopal Dhoot - Head honcho of the Videocon group.
  95. Verghese Kurien - The man behind the success of Amul.
  96. Vijay Mallya - India's liquor king.
  97. Vikram Pandit - CEO of the Citigroup. Has his mention in the list of world's highest earning CEO.
  98. Vinod Khosla - Indian-American venture capitalist.

99. Walchand Hirachand Doshi - Founder of India's first modern shipyard, first car factory, and first aircraft factory.

100. Yogesh Chander Deveshwar - Chairman of ITC Limited.

101. Yusuf Khwaja Hamied - Founder of The Chemical, Industrial & Pharmaceutical Laboratories which is more commonly known as CIPLA.

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yugunthan 6 months ago

Antersantding the business process outsourcing the economic development the countory my question ???


sunil chouhan 9 months ago

successful man always became happy by their great heard afford


sunil Shrivas 15 months ago

i always thought that i becomes a business man


rabindra kr yadav 17 months ago

I want to be a businessman...but I have not more capital....

But its my dream to do something for poor people.....


Anurag shukla 17 months ago

its awesome i am very inspire to read it thanks to much to post like this inspiring story very very much thanks to u


JJ 2 years ago

what about Ajay Banga, CEO of MasterCard?


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kannanwrites 2 years ago from Mumbai Author

@Johnvijay This list was only of Indian businessman. Zuckerberg is indeed great.


Johnvijay 2 years ago

Its good, but you miss one person Mr.Mark Zuckerberg


DEBASHISH DASH 3 years ago

IT IS THE PRIDE OF INDIA


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kannanwrites 4 years ago from Mumbai Author

@saamy All the best.


saamy 4 years ago

i hope that i will be a person in future among the 100.


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kannanwrites 4 years ago from Mumbai Author

@The Finance Hub I will be adding details in the near future.


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The Finance Hub 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Great hub, very interesting. However, I would like to see more about the names. What exactly were they known for? Will you be adding to this? None the less, great hub, voted up and interesting, hope you enjoy my hubs as well!


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kannanwrites 4 years ago from Mumbai Author

@Evankovach You're so right, his contributions are instrumental in changing the fortunes of Citigroup, quite literally.


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Evankovach 4 years ago from Northern New Jersey

Vikram Pandit is certainly a visionary in the consumer banking world. I always find it interesting to hear his outlooks for the banking industry as well as the economy as a whole. He's certainly the one name that stands out on this list for me.

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