Arundhati Bhattacharya Age, Husband, Children, Family, Biography & More

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Age: 68 Years
Husband: Pritimoy Bhattacharya
Hometown: Bokaro And Bhilai

Arundhati Bhattacharya

Famous ForBeing the first female chairperson of State Bank of India
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 161 cm
in meters- 1.61 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 3”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Career Milestones• Since April 2020: Chairperson and CEO of Salesforce India
• Since December 2018: Chairman of SWIFT India
• Since December 2018: Board Of Directors of Reliance Industries Limited
• December 2018 - April 2020: Board Of Directors of Wipro Limited
• December 2018 - April 2020: Board Of Directors of Piramal Group
• October 2018 - April 2020: Additional Director (Independent) of CRISIL Ltd.
• 2013-2017: Chairperson and MD of SBI
• 2011: Deputy MD of SBI
• 2009: In-charge of SBI in Karnataka
• 2007: GM at Mumbai branch of SBI, and was promoted to Chief General Manager
• 2000: DGM at foreign department of SBI's Kolkata branch
• 1996-2000: Vice- President, branch coordinator at SBI's New York office
• 1983-1992: Worked at Kharagpur branch of SBI and left as Assistant General Manager
• 1977: Joined SBI as Probabtionary Officer
Awards, Honours, Achievements 2014: Named the 24th most powerful woman in Asia-Pacific by Fortune magazine
2014-2017: Consistently ranked No. 1 in the list of Fortune India’s Most Powerful Women in Business
2015: Listed as the 30th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes
2015: Recognised as the Outstanding Woman Business Leader of the Year at the 10th India Business Leader Awards
2016: Listed as the 25th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes
2016: Ranked among the "FP Top 100 Global Thinkers" by Foreign Policy magazine
2016: Felicitated with the "Woman of the Year Award" for Banking and Financial Service by the then Governor of Maharashtra
Arundhati Bhattacharya felicitated by the Governor of Maharashtra in 2016
2017: Listed 19th in India's 50 Most powerful people by India Today magazine
2018: Named "Business Leader of the Year" at The Asian Awards
2018: Honoured with the ninth V.C. Padmanabhan Memorial Awards for Excellence
2018: Her interview titled "Arundhati Bhattacharya: The Making of SBI’s First Woman Chairperson" was published on Harvard Business Review Ascend
• She was India's nominee for the post of Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at World Bank
Personal Life
Date of Birth18 March 1956 (Sunday)
Age (as of 2024) 68 Years
Zodiac signPisces
Hometown(s)Bokaro in Jharkhand and Bhilai in Chhattisgarh
SchoolSt. Xavier's School, Bokaro, Jharkhand
College/University• Lady Brabourne College, Calcutta (now Kolkata)
• Jadavpur University, Kolkata (1972 – 1974)
Educational Qualification• Graduation in English Literature, Lady Brabourne College [1]The Telegraph
• M.A. in English, Jadavpur University [2]Forbes
HobbyReading Books
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage DateYear, 1983
Husband/SpousePritimoy Bhattacharya (Director at Techno India Group and former IIT-Kharagpur professor)
ParentsFather- Prodyut Kumar Mukherjee (worked at Bhilai Steel Plant as electrical engineer)
Mother- Kalyani Mukherjee (died at the age of 90) (Homeopathic consultant)
ChildrenSon- None
Daughter- Sukrita Bhattacharya
Arundhati Bhattacharya with her daughter
SiblingsBrother- Name not known
Sister- Aditi Basu (elder)
Book14: Stories That Inspired Satyajit Ray, by Bhaskar Chattopadhyay
Money Factor
Salary (approx.)Rs. 28.96 lakh in FY 2016-2017 as SBI Chairman [3]Business Today
Arundhati Bhattacharya

Some Lesser Known Facts About Arundhati Bhattacharya

  • Arundhati Bhattacharya is a retired Indian banker and former Chairperson of the State Bank of India – India’s largest commercial bank, who is known for being the first lady to head the State Bank of India. She is also the first woman to lead a Fortune India 500 company and the only woman banker in the world to do so.
  • The banker is also credited with being the youngest managing director and chief financial officer of the SBI. [4]The Telegraph
  • Arundhati, a Bengali at heart, always aspired to get a PhD degree early in life, and she also wanted to learn Sanskrit. Reportedly, the banker initially wanted to become a journalist while pursuing her PG in English literature; however, after clearing the Probation Officer exam conducted by SBI, she took up the job. [5]India Today
  • She joined the mammoth institution of SBI on the Panchami day of the Durga Puja festival in September 1977, as a young 21-year-old Probationary Officer in Alipore, fresh out of SBI’s training school in Hyderabad. [6]The Telegraph Recalling her ‘eventful’ first day at the job, Arundhati said,

    It was my first day at work – and beginning my training on the job, I was given the job of writing cheques and entering their details. The branch was surrounded by hordes of people…soon they had to close the gates to manage the crowds and they started pushing in. I remember every bit of the day and my aching hands as I kept writing the cheques in a daze, ensuring there were no mistakes. I remember the pressing crowds and their urgency to withdraw money before the bank closed for the festive season. It was a day of baptism by fire.”

  • After her stint as PO, Arundhati initially got posted in the Kolkata main branch where she worked at the junior management grade-1 level. From there, she was transferred to the local head office, and in 1983, Ms Bhattacharya moved to the Kharagpur branch. She worked there for nine years, got promoted three times, and left the branch as an assistant general manager. [7]The Economic Times
  • Before leading the bank from the front, Arundhati has held several positions during her 36-year- long career at SBI, including the chief executive of the State Bank of India Capital Markets and the chief general manager in charge of new projects. She used to work in retail operations, human resources, foreign exchange, treasury, and investment banking. Bhattacharya was also posted at SBI’s New York office from 1996-2000, where she oversaw external audit and correspondent relations. [8]The Times of India
  • According to SBI, Arundhati was instrumental in launching several new companies and initiatives at the bank, including SBI General Insurance, SBI Pension Funds Pvt. Ltd., SBI Macquarie Infrastructure Fund, SBI Custodial Services, and SBI SG Global Securities Services, and she also set up IT platforms like mobile banking and e-commerce.
  • In 1983, Arundhati married Pritimoy Bhattacharya, who was a professor at IIT Kharagpur at the time. The two largely had a long-distance relationship since Arundhati was based in Kolkata and Mumbai, while her husband lived in Kharagpur. [9]Forbes She said in an interview, [10]The Economic Times

    In 1993, I came to the commercial branch in Kolkata, while my husband was still at IIT Kharagpur. Before I had my daughter, Sukrita, in April 1995, I would commute over weekends to meet him. Then he would travel the distance. When I was posted to Mumbai in 2008, it was my first stint here. My husband remained in Kolkata. He would travel to be with us for two weeks.”

  • Ms Bhattacharya revealed in an interview that she almost gave up her job at SBI when she got posted in Lucknow in 2006. [11]The Economic Times She said,

    I seriously thought of giving up. I was worried that the kind of integrated school my daughter required would not be available in the city. My husband had returned from the US and had taken up consultancy work in Kolkata. He didn’t want to leave and start from scratch.

  • Ms Bhattacharya, who was earlier posted as the MD and CFO of SBI Bank, succeeded Pratip Chaudhuri as the Chairman of SBI on 1 October 2013. Reportedly, her appointment was favoured personally by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after all the managing directors of SBI contested for the top post due to last-minute changes in the rulebook by the finance ministry. [12]The Telegraph
  • Arundhati became the first SBI chief to get a fixed term of three years, exceeding her retirement age of 60. She served the bank for nearly four decades. [13]Forbes
  • She took charge of the bank when bad loans were piling up, and she was expected to improve the bank’s worsening asset quality. During her 4-year tenure as the SBI’s head, Ms Bhattacharya introduced many policies for the bank’s female employees, including a two-year sabbatical leave for maternity or elder care, free vaccination against cervical cancer, and “work from home” scheme for women. [14]Forbes

  • Under her leadership, the bank divested its stake in SBI Life Insurance, and during her term, SBI’s shares rose by 57%. [15]The Economic Times
  • Arundhati retired from SBI as its Chairperson in October 2017, a year later than she was supposed to retire. This was because the government of India granted her an extension of one year after consulting the Bank Board Bureau (BBB). Reportedly, the decision was taken to ensure a smooth merger of the SBI’s five associate banks and Bharatiya Mahila Bank. [16]Financial Express While ending her 40-year-long legacy at SBI, Arundhati said, [17]The Economic Times

    I don’t think I’ll continue in the area of banking but, obviously, I am not just going to hang up my boots. In today’s times, 60 is too early. Of course, I’m past 60 but that does not matter. There is so much to do and if you have the energy and willingness to do it, then I think you can. So, definitely, I will be around and active but may not be directly in banking.”

  • After her retirement from SBI, the veteran banker joined as the Independent Director on the board of Reliance Industries for five years, commencing 17 October 2018.
  • The Board of Directors of CRISIL Ltd. approved Ms Bhattacharya as Additional Director (Independent) of the Company in October 2018; however, she stepped down from the board on 16 April 2020, citing that she had to accept a full-time role as chairperson and CEO in another company. [18]Mint
  • In December 2018, SWIFT India announced the appointment of the former SBI chief as the new chairman of its board. [19]The Hindu
  • In April 2020, Salesforce – the global giant in CRM, hired Ms Bhattacharya as the chairperson and chief executive for its India division. [20]Mint
  • Arundhati is also a yoga enthusiast who trains under a personal yoga teacher. [21]India Today
  • Her advice for women trying to make a career in the corporate world is:

    Take more risks, do not take yourself too seriously, and keep friends and family for support.”