Born: September 16, 1954
Achievement: Founder and Chairman of Satyam Computer Services
Ltd; Chosen as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Services
Ramalinga Raju is one of the pioneers of the Information Technology
industry in India. He is the founder and Chairman of Satyam Computer
Ramalinga Raju was born on September 16, 1954 in a family of farmers.
He did his B. Com from
Andhra Loyola College at Vijayawada and subsequently did his MBA from Ohio
University, USA. Ramalinga Raju had a stint at Harvard too. He attended
the Owner / President course at Harvard.
After returning to India in 1977, Ramalinga Raju moved away from the
traditional agriculture business and set up a spinning and weaving mill
named Sri Satyam. . Thereafter he shifted to the real estate business
and started a construction company called Satyam Constructions. In 1987,
Ramalinga Raju founded Satyam Computer Services along with one of his
brothers-in-law, DVS Raju. The company went public in 1992. With the
launch of Satyam Infoway (Sify) Satyam became one of the first to enter
Indian internet service market. Today, Satyam has a global presence and
serves 44 Fortune 500 and over 390 multinational corporations.
Ramalinga Raju has won several awards and honors. These include Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Services in 1999, Dataquest IT Man of the Year in 2000, CNBC's Asian Business Leader - Corporate Citizen of the Year award in 2002 and E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2007.
The ever-soaring share prices of Satyam witnessed a sharp decline in December 2008, following a failed acquisition attempt involving Maytas, a company owned by Raju's family. In January 2009, Raju resigned as the Chairman of Satyam after he admitted to major financial wrong-doings. In Januray 2009, Raju confessed of his involvement in inflating the profits of the company for the past couple of years. The 7,800-crore fraud started with an initial cover-up for a poor quarterly performance and assumed massive proportion, with time.