Indian entrepreneurs have not only proved their mettle in India but abroad also. Battling immense odds and alien conditions they have emerged triumphed and done proud to India. Their success has changed the way the world looks at India and has gone a long way in redeeming India's image abroad. Here is a brief profile of famous NRI entrepreneurs.
Amar Bose Profile
Amar Bose is the founder of Bose Corporation and is known for his pioneering work in the field of acoustics. Bose speakers are world-famous for giving high-end performance despite their modest size.
Arun Sarin is the Chief Executive Officer of the British based global mobile telecommunications company Vodafone Group Plc. He is one of the few Indians to head a global multi national company.
Indra Nooyi is the newly appointed CEO of PepsiCo-the world's second-largest soft drink maker. She joins the select band of women who head Fortune 500 companies. Presently, there are only 10 Fortune 500 companies that are run by women, and Indra Nooyi is the 11th to break into the top echelons of power.
Lakshmi Mittal has become something of a cult figure in the global steel industry. His company Mittal Steel is the largest steel maker in the world. After the recent merger between Mittal Steel and Arcelor which raged a big debate throughout the Europe, Laxmi Mittal current controls 10% of the total steel production and the combined entity that has come into force post-merger is three times the size of its nearest competitors.
Sabeer Bhatia was born in 1969 at Chandigarh. He comes from a humble background. His father was an army officer and his mother worked with the Central Bank of India. Sabeer Bhatia had his earlier schooling at Bishop Cotton's School in Pune and later on at St Joseph's College in Bangalore. After passing out from school he joined the Birla Institute of Technology (BITS) at Pilani. At Pilani, he qualified to try for a transfer scholarship at Cal Tech, considered to be the world's most competitive scholarship.
Lord Swaraj Paul
Swraj Paul was born in Jalandhar in 1931. His father ran a small foundry and used to make steel buckets and farming equipments. Swaraj Paul did his graduation from the Punjab University and subsequently obtained a Master's degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US. After his return to India, Swaraj Paul joined the Apeejay Group, which his father had founded.
Vinod Dham is popularly known as the father of the Pentium processor. Born in 1950 in Pune, he had his initial schooling in Pune. He did his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering in 1971. Thereafter he had a brief stint with Continental Devices, a Delhi based semiconductor company.
Vinod Khosla came from an ordinary middle class background. His father was in army. At the age of 16, Vinod Khosla read about the founding of Intel. This motivated him to nurture dreams of starting his own technology company. At the age of 20, after graduating in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi, Vinod Khosla started a soy milk company to cater to those people in India who did not have refrigerators.
Dr. Arun Netravali
Arun Netravali, the man behind groundbreaking technological breakthroughs in digital technology like digital video research and high definition television, is an Indo-American technological whiz who revolutionized and redefined the way people perceive visual communications today. The former honcho of Bell Labs and chief
Gururaj Deshpande is one of the richest Indians alive. He is an Indian American businessman who was efficient in establishing a streak of companies. Hence, he is better known as a serial entrepreneur, not to be confused with serial killer. Gururaj Deshpande prefers to be called Desh, instead of being called by his full name.
Fondly dubbed as the 'Sage of the New Age', Kanwal Rekhi, the legendary venture capitalist, is a name to reckon with - not just in Silicon Valley, but also in India. An engineer and an entrepreneur, this millionaire philanthropist is accredited for rearing an entire generation of tech entrepreneurs