Biography and facts about Azim Premji

Azim Premji is an Indian businessman. He is the chairman of WIPRO and protagonist behind the success of WIPRO Ltd. He is one of the richest man in India.
  • He was born on 24 July, 1945 in Mumbai to a Gujrati Muslim family.
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    Azim Premji
  • His father Hasham Premji was also a businessmen and owner of the company western india vegetable products. Later Azim Premji took charge of the company. He is married to Yasmeen. They have two children -Rishad, Tariq.
  • He was schooled in the St. Marry's school in Mumbai. Later he took admission in the Stanford University, USA. But was unable to complete his Electrical Engineering degree in Stanford because of the sudden death of his father. He returned to India and took the position of his father's in his company. He was only 21 years old at that time.
  • When he joined WIPRO, its main business area was hydrogenated cooking fats,soaps, vegetable oil. Under Azim Premji's guidance WIPRO expanded its business area and entered into the business of softwares. In a few years WIPRO became one of the largest IT company of India. He made the million dollars company into a billion dollars company.
  • He is one of the richest man in India. Forbes regarded him as the richest person of India from 1999 to 2005.
  • He believes in the philanthropic causes. He founded the Premji foundation in 2001. These organization works to improve educational facilities, mainly in the rural areas. He is the first Indian who joined the giving pledge ( a promise to give away the most of his wealth to philanthropic causes).
  • He has received many awards and accolades. Some of them are Padma bhushan, Padma vibhushan. He was selected as the most influential people by Times Magazine. 

Some famous Quotes of Azim Premji

If people are not laughing at your goals, your goals are too small.
It is the strength of our culture that we can have Sonia Gandhi, who is Catholic, a Sikh prime minister, and a Muslim president.
I have never had the need or thrill for being wealthy.
You cannot underestimate the value of luck in success in life. And I've really learned to appreciate that.
What is excellence? It is about going a little beyond what we expect from ourselves. Part of the need for excellence is imposed on us externally by our customers. Our competition keeps us on our toes, especially when it is global in nature.

   Timeline of Azim Premji

1945 Azim Premji was born
1966 After his fathers death, returned to India from Stanford Univercity and took charge of the company his father had build - Western Indian Vegetable Products Ltd
1980 Changed the focus of his company and entered in the buisines of IT and thus WIPRO was born
2000 He was conferred the doctorate by Manipal Academy of Higher Education
2001 He established the Azim Premji Foundation, a non profit organization. The aim of the foundation is to improve the education system in rural areas
2004 Listed in Top 100 most influential people's list of Time Magazine
2005 Indian government honoured him with the Padma Bhushan Award
2009 For his philantrophic work, He was honoured with doctorate by Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut
2010 Pledge to give 2 billion US dollar to improve education in India
2011 He was awarded with the Padma Vibhushan, Listed in the Time Magazines list for second time
2013 He was honoured with ET Lifetime Achievement Award
2017 He was ranked 9th in India's 50 Most powerful people of 2017 list of India Today Magazine