India has witnessed a massive increase in the number of billionaires in the past few decades. These billionaires have not only contributed to the country’s economic growth but have also played a vital role in its social development.
Despite being billionaires that have all lived a much humble life and have always been vocal about the importance of social as well as economic growth. Their generosity and charity work has always been talked about. Today we bring you 7 such billionaire industrialists/entrepreneurs who have been working hard in uplifting the underprivileged.
We all are aware of how kind-hearted and generous Ratan Tata has been all his life. However, Tata trust has been working for decades now for the welfare of society. Founded in 1919, the trust supports an assortment of causes such as health, nutrition, education, water and sanitation, livelihoods, social justice and inclusion, skilling, migration and urbanization, environment, digital literacy, sports, arts, craft and culture, and disaster management to name a few.
During the recent pandemic, Tata Trust has committed Rs 500 crore to fight coronavirus.
Sunil Bharti Mittal
The founder and chairperson of Bharti Enterprises, Bharti Mittal has made a name for himself with his hard work and dedication. With his net worth in billions, Mittal has not forgotten his humble beginnings and has dedicated 10 percent of his wealth to charitable causes. Mittal’s main aim is to provide free education to every child and youth in the country.
Rajashree Birla is an exemplar in the area of community initiatives and rural development. She spearheads the Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives and Rural Development, the Group’s apex body responsible for development projects.
Kiran Nadar is a Trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation, which among its transformational educational initiatives has established the SSN College of Engineering in Chennai, today among the top private engineering colleges in India, Shiv Nadar University, VidyaGyan schools, Shiv Nadar School and the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art.
There are many who take their charity work pretty seriously but then comes people like Azim Premji. The business tycoon who is the chairman of Wipro Limited has pledged to donate almost half of his total wealth to charity. A true icon he is.
At Infosys Foundation, the non-profit arm of the IT company, Sudha Murty has dedicated her life to serving the underprivileged by empowering them through education, poverty alleviation, healthcare, public hygiene, education, and art and culture. In various interviews, Sudha Murty has always expressed that she finds happiness and joy in serving people.
Anu Aga has faced incomprehensible losses in her life. That in turn has made her understand the true meaning of life. She single-handedly made Thermax a billion-dollar firm and later on moved towards working for the social welfare of the society after handing down the firm to her eldest daughter. Aga has been focusing on social causes, especially education. She supports Akanksha, an organization promoting education for the underprivileged children in Mumbai and Pune.