Kumar Mangalam Birla, An Insight Into A Visionary’s Life

Let's have an insight into the life of an industrialist and educationist, Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, one of the largest conglomerates in India.
Kumar Mangalam Birla, An Insight Into A Visionary’s Life
Kumar Mangalam Birla, An Insight Into A Visionary’s Life

Kumar Mangalam Birla, An Insight Into A Visionary’s Life

Kumar Mangalam Birla is recognised as one of the Billionaire Industrialists hailing from India who has built an empire as the fourth generation of the Birla Family from Rajasthan. Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, one of the largest conglomerates in India, Kumar Birla was born in Kolkata in the Birla family to his parents Aditya Vikram Birla and Rajashree Birla. His sister, Vasavdatta Birla is also a part of the Kumar Mangalam Birla Family.

Incepted by the visionary leader, Basant Kumar Birla, or B.K. Birla or Basant Babu, Aditya Birla Group

Kumar Mangalam Birla Education

While he was born in Kolkata, he was brought up in Mumbai and got his Bachelor of Commerce from H.R. College of Commerce and Economics before he ventured abroad to get his MBA from the London Business School.

He continued his studies once he got back to India and pursued Chartered Accounting from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He viewed studying for CA as the greatest task but become a topper as they cracked the exam in his first attempt.

Later, he was appointed as Chairman, Board of Trade constituted under Ministry of Commerce and Industry and also served as the Chairman, Ministry of Company Affairs' Advisory Committee.

Kumar Mangalam Birla Vodafone Idea step down took place in November 2021 and invested in his capacity of $150 million.

Kumar Mangalam Birla House

One of the most expensive real estate transactions in Mumbai was for Kumar Mangalam Birla House, by the Chairman of Aditya Birla Group as he purchased Jatia House in Malabar Hill for Rs 425 crore Rupees.

Kumar Mangalam Birla Son, Aryaman Birla is a cricketer who made his first-class debut for Madhya Pradesh in 2017-18 Ranju Trophy in 2017. The following year, he was brought by Rajasthan Royals in the 2018 IPL Auction and scored a maiden century in first-class cricket. In 2019, he took a sabbatical from cricket following mental health problems and was released by Rajasthan Royals in 2020.

Kumar Mangalam Birla Daughter

The eldest child of the sixth richest Indian, part of the sixth generation of the Birla Family, Ananya Birla is a renowned Indian singer, songwriter and entrepreneur who has made records through her singing. She is one of the first Indian artists with the English language single to go platinum and reach even double-platinum status.

Kumar Mangalam Birla Wife

Neerja Birla, Founder and Chairperson of Mpower, a movement towards positive change in mental health, married Kumar Birla in 1989 Aditya Birla World Academy, The Aditya Birla Integrated School and Aditya Birla Education Academy.

Kumar Mangalam Birla Cars

A cars fanatic, to say the least, Kumar Mangalam Birla’s luxurious car collection includes Rolls Royce Ghost, Mercedes Maybach s500, BMW 760LI, Jaguar XF, and BMW 5 series. The multi-billionaire enjoys his ride to India’s third-largest business house

Kumar Mangalam Birla Career Timeline:

1995: He took over Aditya Birla Group at the age of 28 after his father passed away.

2003: Economic Times “Business Leader Award”

2005: He was awarded “Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.”

2007: NDTV's “Global Indian Leader of the Year 2007”

2008: JRD Tata “Leadership Award 2008”

2010: CNN-IBN “Indian of the Year Award 2010”

2012: 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

2013: Economic Times “Business Leader Award”

2014: US India Business Council's "Global Leadership Award"

2016: International Advertising Association's "CEO of the Year Award"

2017-2018: He lost $3.1 billion as Vodafone Idea Ltd was in “Financial distress”.

2019: The group covered the journey from US$3.33 Billion in 1995 to US$48.3 billion in 2019 in annual turnover.

2022: He has a net worth of $17.5 billion, as of 11 January 2022 according to Forbes.

His efforts as an educationist can be seen through the ventures he has taken including the inception of BITS, one of India’s leading institutes. He is the Chancellor of Birla Institute of Technology & Science or BITS Pilani and BITS School of Management or BITSoM.

He also serves in the role of a chairman of IIT Delhi, IIM Ahmedabad, and

Rhodes India Scholarship Committee for Oxford University. He is also a part of London Business School's Asia Pacific Advisory Board and is an honorary fellow of the London Business School.

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