Kumar Mangalam Birla

Kumar Mangalam Birla is an Indian billionaire industrialist, and the chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, one of the largest conglomerates in India. He was born in a reputed Marwari business family, as his father Aditya Vikram Birla, was a well-known entrepreneur, and mother Rajashri Birla was a philanthropist. He has spent most of his childhood in Kolkata and Mumbai. His upbringing was done in very compelling circumstances where he was made continuously conscious of his family name, responsibilities, and wealth.

Kumar was just a graduate at the time he got married to Neerja Birla, but she supported him in pursuing his MBA degree and went abroad along with him. His wife has been supervising the Aditya Birla World Academy, a school in Mumbai. At the age of 28, he took over the Aditya Birla Group after the death of his father, Aditya Vikram Birla. He proved himself as a successful industrialist at the time the Birla Group’s annual turnover rose to US$41 billion in 2015 from US$3.33 billion in 1995. He not only strengthened the company’s position but also expanded the group to the Telecom sector, Softwares, BPO, etc. He was also selected as the Chairman of the Ministry of Company Affairs’ Advisory Committee and the Chairman of the Board of Trade.

In 2003, he was presented ‘The Business Man of the Year’ title by Business India, and ‘The Business Leader of the Year’ award by The Economic Times. Apart from handling Aditya Birla Group and other committees, he is also the Chancellor of BITS (Birla Institute of Technology & Science), Chairman of IIM Ahmedabad, IIT Delhi, and Rhodes India Scholarship Committee for Oxford University.  As Chairman of Aditya Birla Group, he has implemented a lot of changes, which has led to the steady growth of the group. One of his most significant works is the radical changes he implemented in the group as the Chairman of Aditya Birla Group. He changed business strategies, professionalized the entire group, and accelerated the growth of the organization over the years. He was conferred the “Entrepreneur of the Decade Award” by Bombay Management Association in 2009. Kumar has also been involved in some essential welfare-driven activities that have helped to transform the lives of the weaker sections of society across the globe. In 2016, he was honored with the “CEO of the year” title, appreciating his remarkable administration. He has received various accolades, viz. NDTV’s Global Indian Leader of the Year in 2007, Leadership Award in 2008, NDTV Profit Business Leadership Awards and Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012, and many such honours.

Kumar was also awarded a Priyadarshni Academy Award to honor his contributions to student welfare.  He once told in his interview that besides his busier schedule, he manages to go on a 10 day trip with his family each year.

Kumar Mangalam Birla Bio

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