19 Facts About Azim Premji


Azim Hashim Premji was born on 24 July 1945 and is an Indian businessman and philanthropist, who was the chairman of Wipro Limited.


Azim Premji is informally known as the Czar of the Indian IT Industry.


Azim Premji was responsible for guiding Wipro through four decades of diversification and growth, to finally emerge as one of the global leaders in the software industry.


Azim Premji has twice been listed among the 100 most influential people by Time magazine, once in 2004 and more recently in 2011.


Azim Premji serves as the Chancellor of Azim Premji University, Bangalore.


Azim Premji was awarded Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian award, by the Government of India.


Azim Premji topped the EdelGive Hurun India Philanthropy List for 2020.


Azim Premji was born in Bombay, India in an Kutchi Indian Muslim Shia Islam family from Gujarat.


Azim Premji's father was a noted businessman and was known as Rice King of Burma.


Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan, invited his father Muhammed Hashim Azim Premji to come to Pakistan, he turned down the request and chose to remain in India.


Azim Premji has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Stanford University.


Rishad Azim Premji is currently the chief strategy officer of IT business, Wipro.


In 1945, Muhammed Hashim Azim Premji incorporated Western Indian Vegetable Products Ltd, based at Amalner, a small town in the Jalgaon district of Maharashtra.


In 1966, on the news of his father's death, the then 21-year-old Azim Premji returned home from Stanford University, where he was studying engineering, to take charge of Wipro.


Thereafter, Azim Premji made a focused shift from soaps to software.


Azim Premji has said that being rich "did not thrill" him.


Azim Premji became the first Indian to sign up for the Giving Pledge, a campaign led by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, to encourage the wealthiest people to make a commitment to give most of their wealth to philanthropic causes.


Azim Premji is the third non-American after Richard Branson and David Sainsbury to join this club.


Azim Premji topped the list of "India's most generous" released by Hurun India and EdelGive on 10 November 2020.