The 84th birthday of business tycoon Ratan Tata is everything on the internet today!
Who doesn’t know Ratan Tata? The most beloved personality of India? Being a multi-billionaire and still being low to the ground is something only achieved by Indian business tycoon Ratan Tata. He is one of the most well-known and respected industrialists in India and is the Chairman of Tata Sons and Tata Group. At the age of 84, he heads the country’s largest conglomerates which comprise nearly 100 firms with revenues totaling about USD 67 billion. His empire includes giants like Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tata Teleservices. Power, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Tea, Tata Chemicals, and The Indian Hotels Company.
Days earlier he celebrated his 84th birthday and unlike lavish venues or mega balloon arches, the down-to-earth man celebrated in the most simplest of manner. A video of which has become viral lately. The business giant could be seen celebrating his birthday with a young employee and a cupcake! Yes, you read that right.
In the video, Ratan Tata with his 27-year-old assistant Shantanu Naidu blows a candle on the cupcake while Naidu sings the birthday song for him.
The video amassed over 329k views and tons of reactions from netizens. People showered the comments section with good wishes for Ratan Tata.
Ratan Naval Tata
Ratan Tata was born on December 28, 1937, in Mumbai in a rich family. But despite being an heir to a lot of wealth, his success is all self-made. The Tata Group was founded by his great grandfather Jamsedji Tata. As a young boy, his parents Naval and Sonoo separated in 1948 and he was subsequently raised by the widow of Sir Ratanji Tata, his grandmother. The split of his parents left him disturbed for a time.
In 1955, Ratan Tata graduated from Riverdale Country School in New York City. In 1959, he received a degree from Cornell University in architecture and structural engineering. Later he pursued a management course from Harvard University. In 1962, he joined the Tata Group and initially worked with blue-collar employees. He was appointed at Tata Steel division in Jamshedpur where he shoveled stones and worked with furnaces. By 1971, he was appointed Director-in-Charge of the National Radio & Electronics Company Limited (Nelco).
His success and hard work paved the way for Tata industries and he became a Chairman of it. Ratan Tata is highly credited with leading the Tatas’ successful bid for Corus- an Anglo-Dutch steel and aluminum producer as well as Jaguar and Land Rover brands from the Ford Company. Tata was also the brainchild behind the first Indian car, ‘Indica’. And since then, there has been no stopping for him.
Along with cherishing his empire, he also is a supporter of education, medicine, and rural development. Ratan Tata is considered a leading philanthropist in India. In 2000, he was honored with the third-highest civilian award of India, Padma Bhushan. But despite his immense fortune, Ratan Tata has never been featured in the ‘Forbes billionaires list. Why? The reason behind this is his massive philanthropy work that he does through Tata Trusts.
He is truly a perfect example of humanity and generosity, maybe that’s why he is the most beloved personality of India.