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Azim Premji Age, Wife, Children, Family, Biography, Facts & More

Azim Premji

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Bio
Full NameAzim Hashim Premji
NicknameBill Gates of India
Profession(s)Indian Business Tycoon, Investor, and Philanthropist
Physical Stats & More
Heightin centimeters- 157 cm
in meters- 1.57 m
in feet inches- 5’ 2”
Weightin kilograms- 65 kg
in pounds- 143 lbs
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourGrey
Personal Life
Date of Birth24 July 1945
Age (as in 2017)72 Years
BirthplaceBombay, Bombay Presidency, British India
Zodiac sign/Sun signLeo
SignatureAzim Premji Signature
NationalityIndian
HometownMumbai, India
SchoolSt. Mary School Mumbai, India
UniversityStanford University, California, USA
Educational QualificationBachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Degree from Stanford University
FamilyFather- Mohamed Hashem Premji, Famous Industrialist
Mother- Name Not Known, Doctor
Brother- Name Not Known
Sister- Not Known
ReligionShia Islam
HobbiesHiking, Jogging, Playing Golf
Favourite Things
Favourite FoodDosa
Favourite Car(s)Ford Escort, Toyota Sedan, Toyota Corolla
Favourite ColourBlack
Favourite Businessman(s)Dhirubhai Ambani, Bill Gates
Favourite Actor(s)Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsNot Known
Wife/SpouseYasmeen Premji ( Author)
Azim Premji Wife Yasmeen
ChildrenSons- Rishad Premji (Business Person)
Azim Premji Son Rishad
Tariq Premji
Azim Premji Son Tariq
Daughter- None
Style Quotient
Cars CollectionFord Escort, Toyota Sedan, Toyota Corolla, Mercedes E- Class
House/EstateHe owns a large bungalow and a garden on Walkers Road in Coonoor
Money Factor
Net Worth (approx.)$17.5 billion

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Some Lesser Known Facts About Azim Premji

  • Does Azim Premji smoke?: Not Known
  • Does Azim Premji drink alcohol?: Not Known
  • Azim Premji was born in Bombay in a Shia Muslim family with roots from Kutch in Gujarat.
  • His father, Mohamed Hashem Premji, was a well-renowned businessman and was titled “Rice King of Burma.” He chose to remain in India the time Jinnah (the founder of Pakistan) invited him to Pakistan at the time of partition.
  • In 1966, the sudden demise of his father compelled him to leave his bachelor’s degree in-between and to take charge of Western Indian Vegetable Products Ltd, later abbreviated as WIPRO Ltd (Western India Palm Refined Oils Limited).
  • WIPRO was incorporated by his father in 1945 at Amalner, a small town in Maharashtra. The company produced a laundry soap named 787 and cooking oil with the brand name Sunflower Vanaspati.
  • Azim broadened the vision of the company from oil manufacturing to hair care soaps, lighting products, bakery fats, baby toiletries, ethnic ingredient based toiletries, and hydraulic cylinders.
  • In 2000, he completed his engineering degree, which he had to leave in-between in 1966.
  • Identifying the importance of emerging IT field in the 1980s, he started manufacturing minicomputers in collaboration with Sentinel Computer Corporation, an American company and shifted his focus from soaps to software. Azim Premji At Wipro
  • He carved a worldwide niche for himself after making Wipro one of the most massive information technology consulting and outsourcing firms in the world.
  • In 2001, he came up with Azim Premji Foundation with a vision of developing the elementary education system in rural government schools. This organisation works jointly with the six state governments (Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Telangana, Uttarakhand) and one UT (Puducherry). Azim Premji Foundation
  • Azim funds the financial resources needed for the organisation and this foundation covers over 5000 rural schools across India.
  • He got married to Yasmeen Premji, a famous businesswoman and philanthropist.
  • He was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2009 from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut for his exceptional work as a philanthropist.
  • Azim was honoured with Padma Bhushan by the Government of India for his distinguished work in trade and commerce.
  • In 2011, he was conferred the Padma Vibhushan by Pratibha Patil (the then President of India). Azim Premji Honoured With The Padma Vibhushan Award
  • TIME Magazine listed him twice in the list of “100 Most Influential People in the World.”
  • He participated in the Giving Pledge, a campaign that encourages wealthy people to donate a massive amount of their wealth to philanthropic causes and he became the first Indian to become the part of it.
  • He was featured on the cover of Business Week magazine with the title “India’s Tech King” in October 2003 and also amongst the Top 25 most powerful business leaders outside the US in Fortune’s August 2003 release. Azim Premji On The Cover Of Business Week
  • Azim loves hiking and watching movies with his family whenever he gets time.
  • He considers his mother as his idol and wants to emulate her in her actions.
  • India Today Magazine placed him in Top 10 in “India’s 50 Most Powerful People of 2017” in its April 2017 release.
  • In 2015, he was awarded the honorary doctorate by the University of Mysore.
  • In an interview with Big Think, Azim Premji talked about his vision and mission towards a better India, his interests in charity, and many other thoughts worth-listening:

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