Nandan Nilekani Age, Wife, Family, Biography & More

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Age: 68 Years
Wife: Rohini Nilekani
Hometown: Bengaluru

Nandan Nilekani

Full NameNandan Mohan Nilekani
Name EarnedAadhaar Man
Profession(s)Entrepreneur, Bureaucrat, Politician
Political party Indian National Congress (INC)
Political Journey2014: Stepped down as Chairman of UIDAI and joined the Indian National Congress (INC). He then contested Lok Sabha election from Bengaluru and lost to BJP's Ananth Kumar by a huge margin of close to 2.3 lakh votes.
Nandan Nilekani - Indian National Congress (INC)
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 9”
Weight (approx.)in Kilograms- 80 kg
in Pounds- 176 lbs
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourBlack
Personal Life
Date of Birth2 June 1955 (Thursday)
Age (as of 2023)68 Years
BirthplaceBengaluru, Karnataka, India
Zodiac signGemini
HometownBengaluru, Karnataka, India
SchoolBishop Cotton Boys' School, Bengaluru
St. Josephs High School, Dharwad
CollegeIndian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, Mumbai
Educational QualificationsB.Tech in Electrical Engineering
FamilyFather- Late Mohan Ramrao Nilekani (Worked as a Manager in textile industry)
Mother- Jahnavi Nilekani
Brother- Vijay Nandan (Elder - Nuclear Energy Professional, Pilot)
Nandan Nilekani brother Vijay Nilekani
Sister- None
CasteBrahmin (Chitrapur Saraswat)
Address# 856, 13th Main Road, Koramangala 3rd Block, Bengaluru
HobbiesReading, poetry, listening to music, philosophy
FoodSukha prawn masala, Fish and chips
PoliticianNelson Mandela
EntrepreneursSteve Jobs, Mohammed Yunus
DestintionsSouth Africa, Goa, Kerala
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital StatusMarried
WifeRohini Nilekani (Chairperson Arghyam Foundation, Philanthropist, Former Journalist)
Nandan Nilekani with his wife Rohini Nilekani
ChildrenSon- Nihar Nilekani
Daughter- Jahnavi Nilekani
Nandan Nilekani with his mother, wife, daughter and son-in-law
Money Factor
Salary (base salary as in 2017)$1 million
Net Worth$1.7 billion (USD) (Rs. 7700 crore)

Nandan Nilekani

Some Lesser Known Facts About Nandan Nilekani

  • During his early years, his father had frequent job transfers at different locations, therefore, at age 12, he decided to move to Dharwad district in Karnataka to live with his uncle so that his studies would not get affected.
  • His mother tongue is Konkani.
  • In 1978, he was interviewed by N.R. Narayana Murthy for his first job after which he got selected at the Mumbai-based ‘Patni Computer Systems.’
  • In 1981, he co-founded Infosys with 6 others under the leadership of Narayana Murthy, which later proved to be India’s biggest IT giant. Founders of Infosys
  • In 1999, he helped develop a broader initiative, the Bangalore Agenda Task Force (BATF) that worked with public, private, and NGO agencies to help resolve Bangalore’s infrastructure and governance challenges.
  • From 2002 to 2007, he was the CEO of Infosys after which he became the co-chairman of the board of directors of the company.
  • When he took over as CEO, Infosys was in crisis due to a recession in 2001, but in 2006, Infosys reached an absolute high point.
  • He also co-founded NASSCOM and the Bangalore Chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE).
  • In 2006, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India. Nandan Nilekani - Padma Bhushan
  • He was named ‘Businessman of the Year’ by Forbes Asia in 2006.
  • In 2006 and 2009, he was listed by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
  • In 2008, he wrote ‘Imagining India: The Idea of a Renewed Nation’ which was one of the finalists for the FT-Goldman Sachs Book Award for the year 2009. Nandan Nilekani - Imagining India... The Idea of a Renewed Nation
  • In 2009, he stepped down from the position of the co-Chairman of Infosys to serve as the chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) or Aadhaar, a cabinet-ranking position, at the invitation of then Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. Nandan Nilekani - Aadhaar Man
  • As a philanthropist, he contributed to non-profit efforts in water infrastructure, micro-credit, and social research. He also invested in education and healthcare by donating big amounts of money.
  • In 2015, Nandan, his wife Rohini Nilekani, and Shankar Maruwada co-founded ‘EkStep’, a not-for-profit initiative that aims to extend learning opportunities to Indian children through a collaborative, universal platform that facilitates the creation and consumption of educational content. EkStep
  • In December 2016, a month after the NDA government announced the demonetization, Prime Minister Narendra Modi roped him in as the government’s digital advisor.
  • In August 2017, he returned to the Infosys board after being named non-executive, non-independent chairman of the company.
  • His family holds 2.29% of Infosys.
  • In June 2023, he announced that he would donate Rs. 315 crores to IIT-Bombay, which he joined in 1973, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering; he earlier donated Rs. 85 crores to the institution, making his total donation to the institute to be Rs. 400 crores.