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Azim Premji

Premji (born July 24, 1945) is the Chairman & CEO of Wipro Limited, which today is one of the largest software companies in India. It has its headquarters in the Indian Silicon City Bangalore. He was rated the richest person in the country from 1999 to 2005 by Forbes. His wealth today is estimated at 74,000 crores INR which places him as the third richest Indian; ahead of DLF Chairman Kushal Pal Singh.

Early Life

He did his schooling at the St. Mary's School I.C.S.E. at Mazagaon, Mumbai. Premji was just finishing his undergraduate engineering studies at Stanford University in 1966 when his father passed away.He had to come back to India to handle the family's fledgling vegetable oil business. Premji started off with a simple vision: to build an organization on a foundation of values. Premji eventually sought — and received — permission to study arts courses by correspondence to complete the requirements for his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.

Awards and Accolades

In 2000, he was conferred an honorary doctorate by the Manipal Academy of Higher Education. He was also adjudged the Business Man of the Year 2000 by Business India and is featured in the Business Weeks all-time top 30 entrepreneurs of the world in 200. He is a member of the Prime Minister's Advisory Committee for Information Technology in India. As of 6th October 2007, he is the 5th richest Indian, with a net worth of $13.6 billion.
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