While we often appreciate and respect the entrepreneurial spirit and the heights of success that many Indian entrepreneurs have achieved, we often forget about the lives they’ve impacted in the process. There are several entrepreneurs who not only dedicate their time and efforts to their company or work but also spend in equal measures for social causes.
These entrepreneurs are known for their generosity and continue to use their power and money to help thousands.
Here are 6 Indian entrepreneurs who are also philanthropists:
Founder of Saba Group Holdings, manufacturer and global exporter of rice and other commodities, Malini Saba launched the Anannke Foundation that focuses on healthcare, education, and human rights. The foundation’s efforts during the pandemic have been commendable as they’ve helped lakhs of people.
Co-founder of Infosys, Nandan Nilekani is also one of India’s biggest entrepreneurs and philanthropists. His wife, Rohini Nilekani and he are signatories to The Pledge initiated by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet and have pledged half their wealth to philanthropy. A major focus of their philanthropic activities is education.
The CEO of EdelGive Foundation, the philanthropic initiative of the Edelweiss Group, Vidya works tirelessly to give financial and non-financial support to organizations to address India’s development concerns. She has also offered significant support to those in need during the pandemic.
Founder and chairman of Vedanta Resources, Anil Agarwal founded the Vendanta Foundation in 1992 to help create more employment for sustainable development. They aim to provide people with access to proper nutrition, education, and training so that they have a chance to get good job opportunities and holistic development.
Founder of HCL, Shiv Nadar is a billionaire industrialist who donates a large part of his earnings to important causes through the Shiv Nadar Foundation. The foundation focuses on empowering individuals through education and working towards bridging the socio-economic divide. He aims to establish schools in rural areas of India.
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, CEO of Biocon, has donated millions to philanthropic causes and The Biocon Foundation also funds research for cancer cure and diagnosis. They also provide free and subsidized treatment to families from lower economic backgrounds.