Kumar Manglam Birla Biography, Life, Interesting Facts
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Early Life And Education
Kumar Maglam Birla was born 14th June 1967, to Aditya Vikram and Rajashri Birla. He was born in Kolkata, India, but raised in Mumbai. He has a sister named Vasavadatta. Kumar Maglam Birla was born into a highly-regarded and wealthy family of industry and commerce and was born into the fourth-generation.
Kumar Maglam Birla did his education in India. He graduated from the University of Bombay, and also attended H.R. College of Commerce and Economics. He became a Chartered Accountant and then went to England to complete his Masters at the London Business School.
Kumar Maglam Birla’s father died when he was 28 years old, so he was thrust into the spotlight and became the chairman of the Aditya Birla Group in 1995. Many were skeptical as to whether Birla would be successful or not, but Kumar Maglam Birla took the group’s turnover from $3.3 billion when he began, to over $40 billion currently.
The companies were mostly in textiles, as well as cement, aluminum, and fertilizers when Birla took over. He has since expanded into technological sectors such as software, and telecommunications.
Kumar Maglam Birla also currently holds and has held various chair positions, including the following:
Chancellor of Birla Institute of Technology & Science
Chairman of Rhodes India Scholarship Committee for Oxford University
Director of the Central Board of Directors of the Reserve Bank of India
Kumar Maglam Birla donates significant amounts to weaker sectors of society, such as Thailand, India, and Egypt, to strengthen their growth.
Awards And Honors
Kumar Maglam Birla has received many awards and honors, of which a small selection includes:
2003: Business Leader of the Year by The Economic Times
2009: Entrepreneur of the Decade by Bombay Management Association
2014: Global Leadership Award by the U.S. India Business Council
Kumar Maglam Birla married his wife, Neerja, in 1989. They have three children, Ananya, Aryaman Vikram, and Advaitesha.