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Azim Hasham PREMJI

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Estimated Net Worth:
At least $10.2 billion
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24 July 1945
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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Father, Mohamed H. Hasham Premji, founded Western India Vegetable Products in 1945. The company was focused on producing hydrogenated vegetable oils and fats. He took the company public on the Bombay Stock Exchange in 1946. He died in 1966. Azim Hasham Premji: After his father's death in 1966, he dropped out from Stanford University and joined Western India Vegetable Products. In 1968, he became the Chairman, CEO and Managing Director of Western India Vegetable Products. He diversified the company's operations and ventured into soaps, baby ...

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Education History

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Stanford University
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Bachelor's degree
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Interesting Facts

Speaking of lessons learnt over the years, Premji said, "The first thing I have learnt is that we must always begin with our strengths. The second lesson I have learnt is that a Rupee earned is of far more value than five found. The third lesson I have learnt is that no one bats a hundred every time. Life has many challenges. You win some and lose some. You must enjoy winning. The fourth lesson I have learnt is the importance of humility. The fifth lesson I learnt is that we must always strive for excellence. The sixth lesson I have learnt is never give up in the face of adversity. The seven lesson I have learnt is that while you must be open to change, & do not compromise on your values. And the final lesson learnt is that we must have faith in our own ideas even if everyone tells us that we are wrong."

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Interests, Passion, Hobbies

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Technology - Computers
Description: Founder and Chairman of Wipro; he is known as the Czar of the Indian IT industry.

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Film
Description: Premji's favorite movie is "Slumdog Millionaire."

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Music
Description: Enjoys listening to Hindi vocal music.

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Giving Profile: Generous philanthropic donor has donated more than $8 billion. Founder and Chairman of the Azim Premji Foundation, which primarily supports education and healthcare-related causes. In 2001, he started the foundation earmarking Wipro shares worth $125 million. The foundation works on reforming India's examination system benefiting 20,000 schools and 2.7 million children. Its initiatives include: Teacher Education, where they worked with more than 50,000 government school teachers across eight states of India; the Education Leadership and Management Program, where they developed about 3,500 education functionaries in Karnataka, India; changed examination pattern in five Indian states in 2002; initiated the Computer Aided Learning program to support computer technology for education in 18 languages; and established Azim Premji University, a nonprofit university in Bangalore, India, to award degrees in teacher training. Founder of the Wipro Equity Reward Trust, which allows Wipro employees to acquire equity stakes in Wipro. He also set up Wipro's Gujarat Earthquake Relief Fund and donated more than $300,000 for the needy and affected citizens of Gujarat, India. In 2010, Premji donated Wipro shares worth $2 billion to his foundation. He signed the Giving Pledge to donate the majority of his wealth to charity. In 2013, he donated an additional $2.2 billion in Wipro shares to the Azim Premji Foundation. In July 2015, he donated another 18% of his stake in Wipro to the trust totaling his lifetime giving at 39% of his Wipro stake, valued at approximately $8 billion.

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