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Success Story of Ratan Tata - India's Coolest Business Tycoon

Success Story of Ratan Tata - India's Coolest Business Tycoon

Success Story of Ratan Tata - India's Coolest Business Tycoon

Ratan Naval Tata (born 28 December 1937) is an Indian industrialist, philanthropist, and a former chairman of Tata Sons. He was also chairman of Tata Group, from 1990 to 2012, and again, as interim chairman, from October 2016 through February 2017, and continues to head its charitable trusts. He is the recipient of two of the highest civilian awards of India, the Padma Vibhushan (2008) and Padma Bhushan (2000). He is well known for his business ethics and philanthropy.

Early Life

Born in 1937, he is a scion of the Tata family, and great-grandson of Jamshedji Tata, the founder of Tata Group. He is an alumnus of the Cornell University College of Architecture. He joined his company in 1961, and was the apparent successor to J. R. D. Tata upon the latter's retirement in 1991. During Ratan Tata's chairmanship of 21 years, revenues grew over 40 times, and profit, over 50 times. He boldly got Tata Tea to acquire Tetley, Tata Motors to acquire Jaguar Land Rover, and Tata Steel to acquire Corus, in an attempt to turn Tata from a largely India-centric group into a global business.

Being the son of Naval Tata, Ratan Tata actually is not a direct descendant of the Tata family. He has been adopted from an orphanage known as the J.N. Petit Parsi Orphanage by his grandmother Navajbai Tata. Both his father and mother, Naval and Sonoo got separated in the year 1948. Back then, Ratan Tata was just ten years and his younger brother Jimmy was seven.

Both the brothers were looked after and raised by the grandmother. Ratan Tata has a step-brother too. He is the first son of his father Naval and stepmother Simone Tata. His mother tongue is Gujarati.

Speaking of his school life, Ratan Tata went to the school in Mumbai and Shimla, in Cathedral and John Connon School and Bishop Cotton School respectively.  He did his graduation from the Riverdale Country School in the year 1955. In 1962, he got a B. Arch degree in architecture with structural engineering from the Cornell University. Later, he completed the Advanced Management Program in 1975 from the Harvard Business School.

Ratan Tata Biography

Name Ratan Naval Tata
Birthday 28th-Dec -1937
Hometown Surat, Gujarat
Occupation Businessman , Investor , Philanthropist
Education Campion School Colaba, Bishop Cotton School Shimla, The Cathedral & John Connon School Fort,
Harvard Business School Boston, Cornell University Ithaca, Harvard University Cambridge
Networth $1 Billion

Beginning of Ratan Tata's Career

Ratan N. Tata, in the wake of finishing his higher investigations came back to India and turned down an occupation at IBM on JRD Tata's recommendation and joined the Tata Group in 1962, for which he was sent to Jamshedpur to take a shot at the shop floor at Tata Steel. 

In 1971, he was selected as the Director of National Radio and Electronics, which was in a terrible condition of 40% misfortunes and just 2% of customer piece of the pie. Be that as it may, when Ratan N. Tata joined the organization he gave its insights an upward turn, he took the organization from 2% of piece of the pie to 25%. National Emergency was pronounced, which acted incredible issues such like, feeble economy and work deficiency and NELCO was approaching breakdown once more. 

JRD Tata before long announced Ratan Tata his successor in 1981 and Ratan needed to confront analysis since individuals accepted that he's not experienced enough to deal with a business of the scale that of like the Tata Industries. Following ten years of his entrance into the Tata Industries, he was delegated the Chairman of the Tata Group. After Ratan's arrangement, The Tata Group arrived at completely new statures which had never been experienced by this gathering before. Under his course, the organization experienced a few diverse innovative endeavors. 

The change of 'the corporate ward' of various Tata-associated organization into one durable organization, the procurement of Tetley, Jaguar Land Rover and Corus, which diverted Tata from a significant India-Centric organization to a worldwide business name, this is credited to Ratan N. Tata. His significant discharges have been Indica and Nano in India. Today, Tata Group's 65% of the income originates from abroad. After the advancement of controls during the 1990s, the Tata Group of Companies made extraordinary progress, which again is credited to Ratan N. Tata.

In 1962, Ratan Tata began his career in the Tata group. At first he used to work on the shop floor of Tata Steel, shoveling limestone and handling blast furnace. In 1991, JRD Tata stepped down as the chairman of Tata Industries and named Ratan Tata as his successor. Under Ratan’s stewardship, Tata Tea attained Tetley, Tata motors attained Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Steel attained Corus. These triumphs turned Tata from a large India-centric company into a global business with 65% revenues from abroad. He also contributed in the development of Indica and Nano.

Ratan Tata has also served in various organizations in India and abroad. He is a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Trade and Industry and he is also on the board of governors of the East-West Center, which is the advisory board of RAND’s Center for Asia Pacific Policy. He also serves on the program board of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s India AIDS initiative.

He was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in January 2000. He serves on the boards of several leading organizations, both in the public as well as the private sector in India. He is a member of the International Investment Council set up by the President of South Africa and serves on the programme board of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s India AIDS initiative. Ratan Tata is credited for leading Tatas’ successful bid for Corus, an Anglo-Dutch steel and aluminum producer, which was acquired for an estimated 6.7 billion by Tata Sons.

On 28 December 2012, Ratan Tata retired from the Tata group. It also happened to be his 75th birthday. Ratan Tata is succeeded by Cyrus Mistry, the son of Pallonji Mistry and the managing director of Shapoorji Pallonji Group.

He made a comeback in October 2016 after removing Cyrus Mistry. A selection committee has already been created with an aim to find a successor in another four months.

Top Facts You Did Not Know About Ratan Tata

  • Though he was conceived in a well-off family, Ratan Tata had a disturbed adolescence. His folks, Naval Hormusji Tata and Sooni Tata, isolated when he was only 7 years of age. Post the detachment, his sibling and he were raised by their grandmother.
  • Ratan Tata has a degree in design from Cornell University and he even sought after a propelled administration program from Harvard Business School.
  • When Ratan Tata first began his vocation at Tata Steel, his activity was to deal with the impact heater and scoop limestone. It was distinctly in 1991 he turned into the Chairperson.
  • Ratan Tata is an energetic vehicle sweetheart and doesn't forgo himself spending on autos. His vehicle assortment incorporates Maserati Quattroporte, Chrysler Sebring, Ferrari California, Mercedes Benz S-Class and Jaguar F-Type.
  • Not numerous individuals know Ratan Tata is a prepared pilot. He claims a pilot's permit and is regularly observed flying airplanes possessed by the Tata Group. He was additionally the primary Indian to fly the F-16 Falcon in 2007.
  • In 1999, Ratan Tata and his group went to Ford to sell their developing vehicle business and were embarrassed by Bill Ford who stated, "You know nothing, for what reason did you start the traveler vehicle division by any means." after nine years, Ratan Tata got his sweet vengeance when he assumed control over Ford's expert vehicle brands, Jaguar and Land Rover, for a large portion of the price.
  • Ratan Tata got the third and second most noteworthy non military personnel grants, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan in 2000 and 2008 separately. In 2009, the United Kingdom respected him with the Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
  • Ratan Tata is excluded from the world's most extravagant as he claims the majority of his offers through trusts and establishments. On the off chance that every one of those offers are accounted, his total assets would be $ 72 billion.
  • By his own affirmation, Ratan Tata approached marriage multiple times throughout his life, yet eased off each time either because of dread or another reason.
  • Ratan Tata gives millions to instruction consistently. One specific year, he gave $ 50 million to Harvard University and $25 million to Cornell University, particularly for the Indian understudies learning at the two universities.


Tata is a supporter of training, medication and provincial improvement, and thought about a main altruist in India. Tata bolstered University of New South Wales Faculty of Engineering to create capacitive deionization to give improved water to tested zones. 

Tata Education and Development Trust, a humanitarian subsidiary of Tata Group, enriched a $28 million Tata Scholarship Fund that will permit Cornell University to give money related guide to college understudies from India. The grant reserve will bolster roughly 20 researchers at some random time and will guarantee that the absolute best Indian understudies approach Cornell, paying little mind to their money related conditions. The grant will be granted yearly; beneficiaries will get the grant for the term of their undergrad learn at Cornell. 

In 2010, Tata Group organizations and Tata noble cause gave $50 million for the development of an official community at Harvard Business School (HBS). The official community has been named Tata Hall, after Ratan Tata (AMP '75), executive emeritus of Tata Sons. The complete development costs have been assessed at $100 million.[47] Tata Hall is situated in the upper east corner of the HBS grounds, and is given to the Harvard Business School's mid-vocation Executive Education program. It is seven stories tall, and around 155,000 gross square feet. It houses around 180 rooms, notwithstanding scholastic and multi-reason spaces. 

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has given the biggest ever gift by an organization to Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) for an office to look into in intellectual frameworks and independent vehicles. TCS gave $35 million for this fabulous 48,000 square-foot fabricating that will be called TCS Hall. 

In 2014, Tata Group supplied the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and shaped the Tata Center for Technology and Design (TCTD) to create plan and building standards fit to the necessities of individuals and networks with restricted assets. They gave ?950 million to the establishment which was the biggest ever gift gotten in its history. 

Tata Group, under the authority of Ratan Tata framed the MIT Tata Center of Technology and Design at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a crucial location the difficulties of asset compelled networks, with an underlying spotlight on India.



In 2000, Tata has conferred the highest third civilian honor of the government of India, the Padma Bhushan. Next, in 2004, he received the ‘Medal of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay’. His other honorary awards and achievements include International Distinguished Achievement Award, Honorary Fellowship of the London School of Economics and Political Science, Padma Vibhushan, Award of Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, and the list goes on and on. Indeed, Ratan Tata’s inspirational story is one worth praising.

Ratan Tata awards are the Padma Bhushan in 2000 and Padma Vibhushan in 2008, the third and second highest civilian honors awarded by the Government of India.



Awarding organization

2001 Honorary Doctor of Business Administration Ohio State University
2004 Medal of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay Government of Uruguay
2004 Honorary Doctor of Technology Asian Institute of Technology.
2005 International Distinguished Achievement Award B’nai B’rith International
2005 Honorary Doctor of Science University of Warwick.
2006 Honorary Doctor of Science Indian Institute of Technology Madras
2006 Responsible Capitalism Award For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST)
2007 Honorary Fellowship The London School of Economics and Political Science
2007 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
2008 Honorary Doctor of Law University of Cambridge
2008 Honorary Doctor of Science Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
2008 Honorary Doctor of Science Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
2008 Honorary Citizen Award Government of Singapore
2008 Honorary Fellowship The Institution of Engineering and Technology
2008 Inspired Leadership Award The Performance Theatre
2009 Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) United Kingdom
2009 Life Time Contribution Award in Engineering for 2008 Indian National Academy of Engineering
2009 Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic Government of Italy
2010 Honorary Doctor of Law University of Cambridge
2010 Hadrian Award World Monuments Fund
2010 Oslo Business for Peace award Business for Peace Foundation
2010 Legend in Leadership Award Yale University
2010 Honorary Doctor of Laws Pepperdine University
2010 Business for Peace Award Business for Peace Foundation
2010 Business Leader of the Year The Asian Awards.
2012 Honorary Fellow The Royal Academy of Engineering
2012 Doctor of Business honoris causa University of New South Wales
2012 Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun Government of Japan
2013 Foreign Associate National Academy of Engineering
2013 Transformational Leader of the Decade Indian Affairs India Leadership Conclave 2013
2013 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Lifetime Achievement Ernst & Young
2013 Honorary Doctor of Business Practice Carnegie Mellon University
2013 Honorary Doctorate University of Amsterdam
2014 Honorary Doctor of Business Singapore Management University
2014 Sayaji Ratna Award Baroda Management Association
2014 Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (GBE) United Kingdom Government
2014 Honorary Doctor of Laws York University, Canada
2015 Honorary Doctor of Automotive Engineering Clemson University
2015 Sayaji Ratna Award Baroda Management Association, Honoris Causa, HEC Paris
2016 Commander of the Legion of Honour Government of France

Tata Group- Company Profile

Tata Group is an Indian worldwide combination holding organization headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Established in 1868 by Jamsetji Tata, the organization increased universal acknowledgment in the wake of buying a few worldwide organizations. Perhaps the biggest combination, Tata Group is claimed by Tata Sons. 

The Tata Group of Companies is the main combination organization of India. The organization has more than 90 working organizations in seven business divisions: interchanges and data innovation, designing, materials, administrations, vitality, customer items and synthetic substances. The gathering works in more than 80 nations. The Tata Group has more than 722,281 representatives working around the world. 

Each Tata organization works freely under the direction and supervision of its own top managerial staff and investors. Critical Tata organizations and auxiliaries incorporate Tata Chemicals, Tata Communications, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Consumer Products, Tata Elxsi, Tata Motors, Tata Power, Tata Steel, Voltas, Tata Cliq, Titan, Trent (Westside), Taj Hotels, and Jaguar Land Rover. 

The gathering works in excess of 100 nations across six landmasses, with a crucial 'improve the personal satisfaction of the networks we serve all around, through long haul partner esteem creation dependent on Leadership with Trust'. 

Tata Sons is the primary venture holding organization and advertiser of Tata organizations. Sixty-six percent of the value share capital of Tata Sons is held by charitable trusts, which bolster training, wellbeing, vocation age and craftsmanship and culture. 

In 2018-19, the income of Tata organizations, taken together, was $113.0 billion (INR 792,710 crore). These organizations on the whole utilize more than 720,000 individuals. 

Each Tata organization or endeavor works freely under the direction and supervision of its own governing body. There are 28 freely recorded Tata endeavors with a consolidated market capitalisation of over $160 billion (INR 11,10,308 crore) as on March 31, 2019.



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