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Kumar Mangalam Birla
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Birla in 2019
Born (1967-06-14) 14 June 1967 (age 55)
Alma materUniversity of Mumbai (BCom)
London Business School (MBA)
Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (Chartered Accountant)
TitleChairman, Aditya Birla Group
Spouse
Neerja Birla
(m. 1989)
Children3 (including Ananya Birla, Aryaman Birla)
Parent(s)Aditya Vikram Birla and Rajashree Birla

Kumar Mangalam Birla (born 14 June 1967) is an Indian billionaire industrialist, philanthropist, Chartered Accountant and the chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, one of the largest global conglomerates in India. He is also the chancellor of the Birla Institute of Technology & Science[1] and Chairman of Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.[2] According to Forbes, he has an estimated net worth of US $14 billion, as of 1 October 2022.[3]

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Billionaire

Billionaire

A billionaire is a person with a net worth of at least one billion units of a given currency, usually of a major currency such as the United States dollar, euro, or pound sterling. The American business magazine Forbes produces a global list of known U.S. dollar billionaires every year and updates an Internet version of this list in real time. The American oil magnate John D. Rockefeller became the world's first confirmed U.S. dollar billionaire in 1916.

Aditya Birla Group

Aditya Birla Group

Aditya Birla Group is an Indian multinational conglomerate, headquartered in Mumbai. Its Revenue $60 billion net profit $4 billion operates in 100 countries with more than 250,000 employees directly and indirectly total assets $100 billion in 2022.The group expected revenue $100 billion with $10 billion net profit in 2024-25. The group was founded by Seth Shiv Narayan Birla in 1857. The group has interests in viscose staple fibre, metals, cement, viscose filament yarn, branded apparel, carbon black, chemicals, fertilisers, insulators, financial services and telecom.Its market capital $60 billion.

Conglomerate (company)

Conglomerate (company)

A conglomerate is a multi-industry company – i.e., a combination of multiple business entities operating in entirely different industries under one corporate group, usually involving a parent company and many subsidiaries. Conglomerates are often large and multinational.

Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad is the number 1 business school in India, located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. The school has been accorded the status of an Institute of National Importance by Ministry of Human Resources, Government of India in 2017. Established in 1961, the institute offers master's degree programs in management and agri-business management, a fellowship program and a number of executive training programs. The institute's founding director is Ravi J. Matthai. Other notable founding figures were the Indian physicist Vikram Sarabhai, Indian businessman Kasturbhai Lalbhai and Indian educator Kamla Chowdhary.

Early life and education

A fourth generation member of the Birla Family from Rajasthan, Kumar Birla was born in Kolkata and grew up in a joint family in Mumbai with his parents Aditya Vikram Birla and Rajashree Birla and younger sister Vasavadatta Birla.[3][4] He did his high school from Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics and a bachelor's degree from H.R. College of Commerce and Economics of the University of Mumbai. He later studied at London Business School and was awarded Master of Business Administration from University of London in 1992. He is also an honorary fellow at LBS.[1] He is a chartered accountant from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).[5]

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Aditya Vikram Birla

Aditya Vikram Birla

Aditya Vikram Birla was an Indian industrialist. Born into one of the largest business families of India, he oversaw the diversification of his group into textiles, petrochemicals and telecommunications. He was one of the first Indian industrialists to expand abroad, setting up plants in Southeast Asia, the Philippines and Egypt. His net worth was estimated at £250 million by 1995. His death at the age of 51 left his young son Kumar Mangalam Birla in charge of his group of companies.

Rajashree Birla

Rajashree Birla

Rajashree Birla is an Indian philanthropist. She was married to Aditya Birla. After her husband's death in 1995, Rajashree began working in CSR and charity sectors, developing a large philanthropic organization funded by her family. In 2011, the Government of India honoured her with the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award, for her services to society.

Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics

Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics

Sydenham College of Economics is a college located in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. It is affiliated to the Dr. Homi Bhabha State University. The college offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in management. It was awarded a re-accreditation 'A' grade and 3.42 GPA in the second cycle assessment conducted by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council.

H.R. College of Commerce and Economics

H.R. College of Commerce and Economics

Hassaram Rijhumal College of Commerce and Economics, commonly known as HR College, is an autonomous educational institute located in Churchgate, Mumbai. It is run by the Hyderabad (Sindh) National Collegiate Board and is affiliated to the HSNC University.

University of Mumbai

University of Mumbai

The University of Mumbai is a collegiate, state-owned, public research university in Mumbai.

London Business School

London Business School

London Business School (LBS) is a business school and a constituent college of the federal University of London. LBS was founded in 1964 and awards post-graduate degrees. Its motto is "To have a profound impact on the way the world does business". LBS is consistently ranked amongst the world's best business schools.

Master of Business Administration

Master of Business Administration

A Master of Business Administration is a postgraduate degree focused on business administration. The core courses in an MBA program cover various areas of business administration such as accounting, applied statistics, human resources, business communication, business ethics, business law, strategic management, business strategy, finance, managerial economics, management, entrepreneurship, marketing, supply-chain management, and operations management in a manner most relevant to management analysis and strategy. It originated in the United States in the early 20th century when the country industrialized and companies sought scientific management.

University of London

University of London

The University of London is a federal public research university located in London, England, United Kingdom. The university was established by royal charter in 1836 as a degree-awarding examination board for students holding certificates from University College London and King's College London and "other such other Institutions, corporate or unincorporated, as shall be established for the purpose of Education, whether within the Metropolis or elsewhere within our United Kingdom". This fact allows it to be one of three institutions to claim the title of the third-oldest university in England, and moved to a federal structure in 1900. It is now incorporated by its fourth (1863) royal charter and governed by the University of London Act 2018.

Chartered accountant

Chartered accountant

Chartered accountants were the first accountants to form a professional accounting body, initially established in Scotland in 1854. The Edinburgh Society of Accountants (1854), the Glasgow Institute of Accountants and Actuaries (1854) and the Aberdeen Society of Accountants (1867) were each granted a royal charter almost from their inception. The title is an internationally recognised professional designation; the certified public accountant designation is generally equivalent to it. Women were able to become chartered accountants only following the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 after which, in 1920, Mary Harris Smith was recognised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and became the first woman chartered accountant in the world.

Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) is India's largest professional accounting body under the ownership of Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India. It was established on 1 July 1949 as a statutory body under the Chartered Accountants Act, 1949 enacted by the Parliament for promotion, development and regulation of the profession of Chartered Accountancy in India.

Career

Birla took over as chairman of the Aditya Birla Group in 1995, at the age of 28, following the death of his father Aditya Vikram Birla.[6][7] During his tenure as chairman, the group's annual turnover has increased from US$2 Billion in 1995 to US$45 billion in 2021.[8] Today, the group is present in 36 countries across six continents with over 50% of its revenues coming from overseas operations.[9]

Timeline

1995-2005

In 1995, Kumar Mangalam Birla took over the family business and consolidated all the group companies under the brand - Aditya Birla Group (ABG).[10]

In 2003, Hindalco, a subsidiary of Birla’s ABG, acquired Nifty Copper Mines in Australia, while the Aditya Birla Group acquired the Mount Gordon Copper mines in Australia.[11][12]

In 2004, Birla acquired a majority stake in L&T cement, which was later renamed UltraTech Cement.[13] In the same year, the Birla-led group’s flagship Hindalco Industries announced a merger with all the businesses of Indian Aluminium Company (Indal).[14]


2005-2015

In 2007, Birla spearheaded the purchase of Atlanta-based Novelis Inc, which was the world’s leading producer of aluminium rolled products, by Aditya Birla Group’s flagship Hindalco.[15]

In 2012, Birla’s Aditya Birla Nuvo Ltd. acquired Future Group's Pantaloon Retail Ltd. in India. [16]

In 2013, Aditya Birla Chemicals, spearheaded by Birla, acquired the chlor-alkali and phosphoric acid divisions of Solaris Chemtech Industries in India.[17]

Birla's name surfaced in Indian coal allocation case, that traced its origin to the allocation of coal blocks between 2004 and 2009.[18] In 2014, CBI filed closure report against Birla.[19]

In 2015, the Aditya Birla Group consolidated its branded apparel business under its lifestyle retail firm Pantaloons Fashion and Retail India Ltd. and renamed it as Aditya Birla Fashion & Retail, creating India's top branded clothing company by revenues and number of sales outlets. [20]


2016-Present

In 2016, Kumar Birla launched a new logo for the Aditya Birla Group. [21]

In June 2017, UltraTech Cement, chaired by Birla, completed the acquisition of Jaiprakash Associates’ six cement plants along with five grinding units. [22] In the same year, Birla revived Applause Entertainment, a media, content and IP creation studio with a focus on creating premium digital drama series. Sameer Nair, ex-CEO of Balaji Telefilms, heads the venture, part of the Aditya Birla Group. [23]

In 2018, the Aditya Birla Group owned Idea Cellular was merged with Vodafone India to create India’s largest telecom service provider – Vodafone Idea Ltd. Also in 2018 under Birla’s guidance, UltraTech Cement acquired the cement business of Century Textiles while Binani Cement became a wholly owned subsidiary of UltraTech Cement.[24] [25] In 2018, Birla led Novelis entered into an agreement to acquire Aleris Corporation. The deal was closed for 2.8 bn dollars in 2020. [26] Under Birla’s leadership, Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail (ABFRL) acquired the Jaypore brand and bought 51% stake in Finesse International Design that runs the designer wear label Shantanu & Nikhil in 2019. [27]

In 2020, Walmart owned Flipkart acquired a 7.8% stake in Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail by making an investment of INR 1,500 crore in the company. [28]

In 2021, Grasim industries, a flagship company of the global conglomerate Aditya Birla Group, entered the paints business with an investment of INR 5,000 crore over three years. [29] Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Limited (ABFRL) entered into an agreement to buy a 51% stake in the designer brand Sabyasachi. Later that year, Birla led ABFRL entered into a partnership with designer Tarun Tahiliani. ABFRL also partnered with Authentic Brands Group to take on Reebok’s operations in India and build India’s leading sports athletic lifestyle brand. [30]

In August 2021, Birla stepped down as non-executive Chairman of telecom firm Vodafone Idea, formed by the 2018 merger between his Idea Cellular and Vodafone India. [31] [32]

In January 2022, ABFRL acquired 51% stake in House of Masaba Lifestyle.[33]

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Indian coal allocation scam

Indian coal allocation scam

The Coal allocation scam, dubbed in media as Coalgate, is a major political scandal concerning the Indian government's allocation of the nation's coal deposits to public sector enterprise (PSEs) and private companies. In a draft report issued in March 2012, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) office accused the Government of India of allocating coal blocks in an inefficient manner during the period 2004–2009. Over the Summer of 2012, resulting in a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into whether the allocation of the coal blocks was in fact influenced by corruption.

Aditya Birla Group

Aditya Birla Group

Aditya Birla Group is an Indian multinational conglomerate, headquartered in Mumbai. Its Revenue $60 billion net profit $4 billion operates in 100 countries with more than 250,000 employees directly and indirectly total assets $100 billion in 2022.The group expected revenue $100 billion with $10 billion net profit in 2024-25. The group was founded by Seth Shiv Narayan Birla in 1857. The group has interests in viscose staple fibre, metals, cement, viscose filament yarn, branded apparel, carbon black, chemicals, fertilisers, insulators, financial services and telecom.Its market capital $60 billion.

UltraTech Cement

UltraTech Cement

UltraTech Cement Limited is an Indian cement company based in Mumbai, and a part of Aditya Birla Group. UltraTech is the largest manufacturer of grey cement, ready-mix concrete (RMC) and white cement in India with an installed capacity of 116.75 million tonnes per annum. It is the only company in the world to have a capacity of over 100 million tonnes in a single country, outside of China.

Applause Entertainment

Applause Entertainment

Applause Entertainment, a venture of the Aditya Birla Group of Companies, headed by Sameer Nair is a media, content and IP creation studio.

Idea Cellular

Idea Cellular

Idea Cellular (commonly referred to as Idea, and stylised as !dea) was an Indian mobile network operator based at Mumbai, Maharashtra. Idea was a pan-India integrated GSM operator and had 220.00 million subscribers as of June 2018. Idea Cellular merged with Vodafone India and is now known as Vodafone Idea or Vi.

Vodafone India

Vodafone India

Vodafone India was the Indian subsidiary of UK-based Vodafone Group plc and was a provider of telecommunications services in India with its operational head office in Mumbai. As of March 2018, Vodafone India had a market share of 21% and with its merger with Idea, the collective Vodafone Idea network has approximately 375 million subscribers and is the Third largest mobile telecommunications network in India.

Binani Cement

Binani Cement

Binani Cement Limited is engaged in the production and sales of cement and clinker based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. It is the flagship subsidiary of Binani Industries Ltd. The company is certified as ISO9001, ISO14001 and OHSAS18001 compliant. The company's subsidiaries include Krishna Holdings Pte Limited, Muku, Dubai (BCFLLC).

Tarun Tahiliani

Tarun Tahiliani

Tarun Tahiliani is a noted Indian fashion designer. With his wife Sailaja 'Sal' Tahiliani, he co-founded Ensemble, India’s first multi-designer boutique in 1987, followed by Tahiliani Design studio in 1990. Based in Delhi, he is best known for his ability to infuse Indian craftsmanship and textile heritage with tailored silhouette. His signature is to combine traditional aesthetics with modern design. Over the years, he also became known for his bridalwear.

Recognition

Birla has received several awards, including the International Advertising Association's "CEO of the Year Award" in 2016; the US India Business Council's "Global Leadership Award" in 2014; Economic Times “Business Leader Award” in 2003 and 2013; Forbes India Leadership Award – Flagship Award “Entrepreneur of the Year 2012; NDTV Profit Business Leadership Awards 2012, “Most Inspiring Leader”; CNBCTV18 IBLA “Business Leader for Taking India Abroad 2012”; CNN-IBN “Indian of the Year Award 2010”; JRD Tata “Leadership Award 2008”; NDTV's “Global Indian Leader of the Year 2007”.[34]

An educationist, Birla is the Chancellor of Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS) and BITS School of Management (BITSoM). He is chairman of IIT Delhi, IIM Ahmedabad and chairman of Rhodes India Scholarship Committee for Oxford University. He serves on London Business School's Asia Pacific Advisory Board and is an honorary fellow of the London Business School.[35]

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Chairman, Aditya Birla Group.
  • Chancellor, BITS, Pilani, Hyderabad, Goa and Dubai.[36]
  • Chairman, Governing Council, The BITS School of Management (BITSoM) .[37]
  • Chairman, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
  • Member, Asia Pacific Advisory Board, London Business School (LBS).
  • Chairman, Rhodes India Scholarship Committee for Oxford University, England.
  • Director, G. D. Birla Medical Research and Education Foundation.[38]
  • Former Chairman, IIT Delhi.[39]
  • Former Director, Central Board of Directors, Reserve Bank of India.[40]
  • Former Chairman, Advisory Committee, Ministry of Company Affairs.
  • Former Chairman, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Committee on Corporate Governance.
  • Former Chairman, Board of Trade, Ministry of Commerce & Industry.
  • Former Chairman, SEBI’s Committee on Insider Trading.[41]
  • Former Convener, PM’s Task Force on Administrative and Legal Simplifications.
  • Former Member, Prime Minister of India’s Advisory Council on Trade and Industry.[42]

Honours and awards

Year Name Awarding Organisation Ref.
2001 Outstanding Business Man of the Year National HRD Network [43]
2003 The Business Leader of the Year The Economic Times [44]
2003 Business Man of the Year Business India [45]
2004 Young Global Leader World Economic Forum (Davos) [46]
2004 Doctor of Literature (Honoris causa) Banaras Hindu University [47]
2005 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year - India Ernst & Young [48]
2007 Global Indian Leader of the Year NDTV [49]
2008 JRD Tata Corporate Leadership Award AIMA [50]
2008 Doctor of Literature SRM University [51]
2011 GQ Business Leader of the Year Condé Nast India Pvt. Ltd. [52]
2012 Entrepreneur of the Year Forbes India Leadership Award (FILA) [53]
2012 Most Inspiring Leader NDTV [54]
2012 Business Leader for Taking India Abroad CNBCTV18 [55]
2012 Global Business Leader Award NASSCOM [56]
2012 Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) Visvesvaraya Technological University [57]
2013 The Business Leader of the Year The Economic Times [58]
2013 Positioned the fourth Most Powerful CEO Economic Times’ Corporate India’s Definitive Power posting of 100 CEOs [59]
2014 Inducted as an Honorary Member Rotary Club of Mumbai [60]
2016 CEO of the Year International Advertising Association [61]
2017 Outstanding Businessman of the Year CNBC-TV18 – IBLA [62]
2017 The GIL Visionary Leadership Award Frost & Sullivan [63]
2019 Global Asian Award ABLF [64]
2021 Global Entrepreneur of the Year’ in business transformation The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) [65]

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The Economic Times

The Economic Times

The Economic Times is an Indian English-language business-focused daily newspaper. It is owned by The Times Group. The Economic Times began publication in 1961. As of 2012, it is the world's second-most widely read English-language business newspaper, after The Wall Street Journal, with a readership of over 800,000. It is published simultaneously from 14 cities: Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Nagpur, Chandigarh, Pune, Indore, and Bhopal. Its main content is based on the Indian economy, international finance, share prices, prices of commodities as well as other matters related to finance. This newspaper is published by Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. The founding editor of the paper when it was launched in 1961 was P. S. Hariharan. The current editor of The Economic Times is Bodhisattva Ganguli.

Banaras Hindu University

Banaras Hindu University

Banaras Hindu Universitylisten (help·info) (BHU) (Hindi: काशी हिन्दू विश्वविद्यालय IAST: kāśī hindū viśvavidyālaya IPA: /kaːʃiː hɪnd̪uː ʋɪʃwəʋid̪jaːləj/), formerly Central Hindu College, is a collegiate, central, and research university located in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. It was established in 1916 jointly by Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, the Maharaja of Darbhanga Rameshwar Singh, Maharaja of Banaras Prabhu Narayan Singh, Sunder Lal and British Theosophist and Home Rule League founder Annie Besant. With over 30,000 students, and 18,000 residing on campus, BHU is the largest residential university in Asia. The university is one of the eight public institutions declared as an Institute of Eminence by the Government of India.

Ernst & Young

Ernst & Young

Ernst & Young Global Limited, trade name EY, is a multinational professional services partnership headquartered in London, England. EY is one of the largest professional services networks in the world. Along with Deloitte, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), it is considered one of the Big Four accounting firms. It primarily provides assurance, tax, consulting and advisory services to its clients. Like many of the larger accounting firms in recent years, EY has expanded into markets adjacent to accounting, including strategy, operations, HR, technology, and financial services consulting.

CNBC TV18

CNBC TV18

CNBC TV18 is an Indian pay television business and financial news channel owned by NBCUniversal and TV18.

Philanthropy

As per the EdelGive Hurun India Philanthropy List 2021, Kumar Mangalam Birla and his family ranked fourth on the philanthropy list with donations mostly to the healthcare sector. [66] In 2020, the Aditya Birla Group contributed Rs. 500 crores towards COVID relief measures. This included a contribution of Rs. 400 crores to the PM-CARES fund.[67]

Kumar Mangalam Birla has created a 15 million pound endowed scholarship programme to support 10 full-time MBA candidates every year at the London Business School. The BK Birla Scholars Programme is named after Birla’s late grandfather Basant Kumar Birla. This scholarship programme is the largest endowed scholarship gift to a European business school.[68]

The Birla family has built schools and temples around the India, including BITS Pilani and Birla Mandirs.[69][70]

Source: "Kumar Mangalam Birla", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumar_Mangalam_Birla.

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