Sunil Bharti Mittal
Founder and Chairman of Bharti Enterprises Ltd.
Bharti Airtel, India’s leading integrated telecom company, has been at the forefront of the telecom revolution and has transformed the telecom sector with its world-class services built on leading-edge technologies.
Mittal started his career at 18 after graduating from Punjab University in India. He founded Bharti, with a modest capital, in 1976. Today, at 50, he heads a successful enterprise, among the top five in India, with a market capitalization of approximately $40 billion and employing more than 30,000 people.
Bharti has grown successfully in partnership with leading global companies, including Singapore Telecom, Vodafone, Warburg Pincus, and British Telecom. The other businesses in the group are Beetel, communication and media devices, Bharti AXA, a financial services JV with AXA of France, and FieldFresh, a joint venture with Del Monte to offer fresh and processed fruits and vegetables in the domestic as well as international markets. Recently, Bharti forayed into the retail sector with its subsidiary Bharti Retail. It also has entered into a joint venture with Wal-Mart for setting up the supply chain, logistics, and cash and carry to support the burgeoning retail market in India.
He has been conferred with one of India’s highest civilian awards, Padma Bhushan, and is serving as the president of the Confederation of Indian Industry, the premier industry body in India. He also is a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Trade and Industry and an Honorary Fellow of The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers. In addition to being nominated to serve on many distinguished boards, committees, councils, and juries, Mittal was named CEO of the Year in 2007 by Business Standard, and the Asia Businessman of the Year in 2006 by Fortune.
He earned a Doctor of Science degree (Honoris Causa) from the G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School.