Indian businessman, investor and philanthropist Azim Premji is the chairman of Wipro Limited. He has an estimated net worth of $17.3 billion as of 2015, according to Forbes. This rose to $20.2 billion as of October 2018, according to the same source.
Azim was born on 24 July 1945 in Mumbai, India, into a Nizari Ismaili Shia Muslim family. He earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
In 1945, Premji’s father Muhammed Hashim Premji incorporated Western Indian Vegetable Products. In 1966, when his father passed away, Azim Premji returned home from Stanford University to take charge of Wipro. He has been responsible for guiding Wipro through four decades of diversification and growth to finally emerge as one of the global leaders in the software industry. He owns 73 percent of Wipro. Premji has been honored with many awards and accolades for his outstanding work in trade and commerce.
Premji resides in Bangalore, India. He is married to Yasmeen. The couple has two children. He is a generous tycoon. He has given away more than $4 billion of his fortune. He founded the Azim Premji Foundation in 2001. It is a non-profit organization, with a vision to significantly contribute to achieving quality universal education that facilitates a just, equitable, humane and sustainable society.