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Azim Premji: Inspirational businessman and philanthropist

An Inspirational Leader

Azim Premji, an inspirational businessman and philanthropist, was the chairman of Wipro.

“Essentially, leadership begins from within. It is a small voice that tells you where to go when you feel lost. If you believe in that voice, you believe in yourself.”

That’s what Azim Premji did. He quoted this musing from his life’s experiences. Azim Premji  had to return from Stanford University to India in 1966, after he lost his father, at the age of 21. He was advised by few to take a comfortable job instead of taking charge of father’s business. Rather he took over Wipro which was then “Western India Vegetable Products Limited”, a cooking oil manufacturing company.

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Under Azim Premji’s leadership, the company’s focus shifted to IT, software and consulting services. Wipro is among top 5 notable IT companies in India, with revenue over US $8 billion. Wipro made it’s way to the Forbes Global 2000 list. After few years Wipro also entered into infrastructure and energy market. Wipro demerged all other businesses not related to IT, in separate companies, in 2013. Azim Premji is informally known as the ‘Czar of the Indian IT Industry’.

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Azim Premji has been honored with Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and many more. According to 2018 Forbes list of Indian billionaires, he was the second richest person in India. He is the first Indian to sign “The Giving Pledge”, a campaign to encourage wealthy people for philanthropic causes. Because of his philanthropic work, he ranked 17th in Forbes list of 2019.

He founded Azim Premji Foundation, in 2001. It’s  vision is to improve education in India. Recently, this foundation and Wipro together committed Rs 1125 crores to tackle COVID-19 crisis.

Top 6 Inspiring quotes:

“You cannot get into business for the fashion of it.”

City view from a window with a quote

 

“People are the key to success or extraordinary success.”

Beautiful Sunrise view with Great Musigns

 

“When the rate of change outside is more than what is inside, be sure that the end is near. “

Sunset view with Great Musings

 

“You cannot mandate philanthropy. It has to come from within, and when it does, it is deeply satisfying.”

lake view with Great Musings

 

“People have to take control of their own lives. Education is key because it also raises other social indicators like healthcare.”

Pink color sky scene with Great Musings

 

“Leadership is the self-confidence of working with people smarter than you.”

Beautiful scenery with a quote

 

Surround yourself with people smarter than you. Expand your vision and increase your opportunities.

Neha Pandey

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