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Friday, May 8, 2009

Kumar Mangalam Birla

Kumar Mangalam Birla
$3.5 billion
37 . Married . 3 Children .

Associated Companies: Grasim, Hindalco Industries,Aditya Birla Nuvo, Ultra Tech Cement, Indo Gulf

Fourth-generation head of $6 billion (sales) commodities conglomerate, with operations in nine countries, India?s largest cement producer. Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla is the Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, which is among India's largest business houses. Among its major companies in India are Grasim, Hindalco, UltraTech Cement, Aditya Birla Nuvo and Idea Cellular. Its JVs include Birla Sun Life (Financial Services) and Birla NGK (Insulators).

At the time of his father's death in 1995 the young Birla was considered in experienced and novice. But he responded to the situation with equal courage and intellect. Merging related businesses, acquiring newer ones, disposing off unrelated activities. He spent the past decade providing that focus to the various Birla companies. Right now he has his pie in the growing sectors of telecom, insurance, financial services as well as into the old economy heavyweights like Cement Aluminum Copper, fertilizers, palm oil etc.

Soft spoken and modest Kumar Mangalam was raised in Calcutta and Mumbai. He is a Chartered Accountant and earned an MBA (Masters in Business Administration) from the London Business School, Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla and his wife, Neerja have three children, Ananyashree, Aryaman Vikram and Advaitesha.

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