Few scions are gifted with the mettle and resourcefulness to change their family legacy and create their own business empires through innovation and enterprise, as has been demonstrated by Harshavardhan Neotia. The architect of the enormous realty business that defines the R1,500 crore Kolkata-based Ambuja Neotia Group in its present avatar, here is a man who literally has changed the way the city lives and conducts business, not to mention his numerous contributions to the social, cultural and economic fabric of society.
He, who opens a school, shuts the door to ignorance and a world devoid of knowledge. Education is not just about how to read and write, but, more importantly, about how to ignite young minds to grow into respectable and responsible world citizens. As part of the Birla clan, veteran industrialist-turned-educationist and philanthropist Sudarshan Kumar Birla, who currently manages the affairs of Birla Education Trust, Pilani, talks about the vision of the Birla family which set out to establish schools and colleges of excellence as early as 1901.
With a business domain that extends from Antwerp to Hong Kong, from mines to brands and from impeccable gemstones to breathtaking jewellery, few names measure up to the Kotharis of the KGK Group. Having made great strides under Navrattan Kothari, the house continues on its upward growth trajectory under his sons, especially Sanjay Kothari, who is spearheading the group’s expansion globally.
Steered by his vision and a quest to make it big in life, Tarang Jain took a train out of the ‘City of Dreams’ to set up the Varroc Group in Aurangabad in 1990. In what started as an automotive parts supply business, the Varroc Group has since grown both organically and inorganically to establish itself as a global automotive component behemoth that has clocked sales of Rs 10,300 crore in FY 16-17.