Indian Entrepreneurs

Why North Indians make excellent entrepreneurs

People in every region/community in india always praise their region/comminity, for example a tamil will be fond of his state, similarly a marathi, gujarati, bengali etc. But i have not seen such tendency in the people belonging to North India, though they are perhaps the most successful people in this country, be it business, entrepreneurship ,leadership, politics or anything. The reason behind the lack of such chauvinism is perhaps lack of regionlism. And lack of regionalism is because they dont feel threatened by other communities in india as they have always occupied leading positions in the country in most of  the fields

North Indians are known for their entrepreneureship and leadership abilities that’s why majority of Indian entrepreneurs/major businessmen belong to North India.Basically they from Punjab,Haryana, Rajasthan , Uttar Pradesh & Delhi states of India.

Take a look

GD Birla-Founder of Birla group

 Bhai Mohan Singh-Founder of pharmaceutical gaint Ranbaxy, he paved the way for this industry in India

Bajajs– Bajaj group

 B M Munjal-Founder, owner of Hero group, the world’s biggest producer of two wheelers

KP Singh– Founder owner of real estate gaint DLF, he is 8th richest man on earth with individual worth of $ 30 billion, single handedly transformed Gurgaon from a village to a business hub.

Jindals– Jindal group fame, one of the biggest private sector groups in India,

Lalit Suri-Chairman of the Bharat Hotels chain and the single largest hotel owner. Lalit Suri can be called as the uncrowned hotel king of India

M.S. Oberoy-Founder of the Oberoi Group of Hotels, known as the father of Indian hotel industry

Naresh Goyal– Founder owner of india’s biggest private airline, Jet airways

Raunaq singh-was one of the earliest entrepreneurs of independent India who made it big. He was the founder of Raunaq group. The Raunaq Group’s major companies include Apollo Tyres Ltd, Bharat Gears Ltd, Bharat Steel Tubes Ltd, Raunaq International Ltd, Menarini Raunaq Pharma Ltd, and Raunaq Automotive Components Ltd.

 Subhash Chandra– Founder owner of zee group,l india’s biggest private media group, recently started Indian cricket league

Sunil Mittal– Founder owner of Bharati/Airtel group, one of the richest men on earth

 Shobhana Bhartiya– Daughter of renowned industrialist KK Birla, Shobhana Bhartia is the vice-chairperson as well as the editorial director of the Hindustan Times group, which is among India’s major newspaper and media houses

There are end numbers of such people but I can recall these names instantly

Not only in India, but the successful NRI entrepreneurs are mostly from north

 LN Mittal–  Perhaps the most famous Indian businessman abroad, 5th richest man on earth, proud owner of Indian passport

Hindujas– The Hinduja brothers — are a  business family. According to the Sunday Times Rich List they are worth 6.2 Billion Pounds (Approximately 12.4 Billion Dollars). They are involved with many businesses, in various parts of the world. The Hinduja brothers have stakes in global finance, telecommunications, film and oil (Gulf Oil) businesses.

Chatwals-One of the most famous hoteliers in the US, known for the proximity to the Clintons

Arun sarin– Global CEO of Vodafone group

Saber Bhatia– Founder of Hotmail

Vinod Dham— Former Vice Presinent in Intel , He is also the co-founder partner of New Path Ventures which has funded Companies like Nevis Networks.Dhams are punjabis who migrated to india from Rawalpindi in present day pakistan

Vinod Khosla– One of the the brightest indian name in USA’s silicon valley,.He was one of the co-founders of Sun Microsystems and became a general partner of the venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers in 1986.

Lord swaraj paul – is an Indian-born, British-based business magnate and philanthropist. He was knighted by the Queen in 1978. In 1996 he became a life peer, i.e. a member of the House of Lords, taking the title Baron Paul of Marylebone in the City of Westminster.

Anil agarwal– Vedanta group, UK, one of the biggest names in UK’s corporate sector

 A.J. Agarwal, senior managing director and financier in corporate advisory services at the Blackstone Group

 Jaypaul S.Ahluwalia, Director for AXA Group Insurance

Kim Singh, founder CEO PortaEnterprise. Was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young LLP and Merrill Lynch.

Gurbaksh Chahal, one of the youngest and most successful internet entrepreneurs of recent history. Created two companies worth over $340 million by the age of 25

 Rakesh Gangwal, former CEO and Chairman, US Airways Group

 Gaurav Garg, co-founder of Redback Networks

 Rajat Gupta, former Managing Director, McKinsey & Company

 Rajiv Gupta, a General Manager of Hewlett Packard

 Anshu Jain, managing director and global head of capital markets at DeutscheBank

 Naveen Jain, former project manager at Microsoft and founder of

 Shailesh Mehta, former CEO and chairman of the board of Providian Financial Corporation; currently president and CEO of Granite Hill Capital Ventures

 Rajeev Misra, managing director and global head of integrated credit trading at Deutsche Bank

 Jay Sidhu, Former Chairman and CEO of Sovereign Bancorp

 Sanjiv Sidhu, founder and CEO of i2 Technologies, a a Dallas, Texas based supply chain management software and services company.

 Pradeep Sindhu, Co-founder and CTO of Juniper Networks

 Dinakar Singh, Founder of TPG-Axon Capital Management and former managing director at Goldman Sachs (one of the youngest in the firm’s history)

 Rana Talwar, banker, former Group CEO of Standard Chartered Bank

 Poonam Gupta, Chicago, Entrepreneur – President, Iyka Inc

Arjun Malhotra- is an indian businessman who co-founded HCL Technologies Ltd  in 1976. He is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He founded TechSpan  in 1998. TechSpan merged with HeadStrong in 2003. Currently he is the CEO of Headstrong, a US based IT consulting company. He also sits on the board of IIT, ISB, and many other educational and social organizations.

 I wont be exaggerating when I say about 80% of big Indian names  in business and entrepreneurship are from North India. For clarification, by north I mean khari boli/Punjabi speaking north western region in India which include Punjab, Haryana, Himachal,delhi, Western UP and Rajasthan.

Other major names in business from India include Tatas, Ambanis and Narayan murthy.Tatas are Persians with roots outside India, ambanis are Gujaratis and murthy is south Indian.So, we have some of the entrepreneurs  from rest of India. Its however evident that the north enjoy an overwhelming  domination in producing entrepreneurs/business magnates

 What prompted me to start this blog is recent icidences in India highlighting north Indian people, that they are more prone to break laws etc(and similar stupid stuff).

On the other hands south indians have made us proud by their achievements in engineering …that’s why many times i think that we indians compliment each other very beautifully and together we can make India a developed country in another two decades.I have immense respect and love for all fellow indians from all parts of our great country.



21 Responses to “Indian Entrepreneurs”

  1. anon Says:

    most north indian business men won’t be termed as true blood entrepreneurs who build industries through inventiveness, like ford , bosch, toyota who were engineers. They use politicking to get their work done, which is not so great thing. marwari’s are traders , they go through M&A route of acquiring dilapitated industries and politicking again.

  2. vivekmittal Says:

    Dear Anon

    Thanks for your views

    But what would you say about Sabeer Bhatia who is a technocrat as well as entrepreneur.

  3. saurav jalan Says:

    first of all get ur facts rite.what do u mean by north indians.marwaris are not fully north indians.half of rajasthan comes in western india.howcome u forgot gujaratis who are arguably the best entrepreneurs belong to the western part of our country.hve u forgotten the ambanis,kotaks,dilip shangvi,tulsi tanti,patels,palanpuri jains(who dominate the diamond trade of our country),the shahs,the mehtas,the adanis etc.60%of the stock market is dominated by gujaratis.what bout the sindhi and parsi community who r mostly in the western belt of our country.hve u forgotten the chettiars of the south india.first get ur facts rite then write such blogs in future.

  4. vivekmittal Says:

    Dear saurav

    Thanks for your comments
    You say marwaris are not “fully” north indians

    How about me?….i am a marwari from Haryana…..people of the same marwari community you will find in Delhi, Punjab,UP,Haryana as well…for example Sunil Mittal is from punjab..

    you said half of Rajasthan comes uner western india……….i would say who has decided what is western india?….It is decided by People, community,language and other social parameters, it’s laughable that Rajasthan is not north….You will find Rajputs,Marwaris,Jats,all over north including Rajasthan………It’s very common to see marriages across Rajasthan,Haryana,UP,Delhi and Punjab because of same communities

    Of course Gujaratis are excellent entrepreneurs……In fact i could well have used “North Indians and Gujaratis make excellent entrepreneurs”………but Gujarat is not north as it’s not Hindi speaking and they are a seperate community alltogether

    But why do you talk about sindhi and Parsi community……….Sindhis are North indians and parsis have roots outside india

    But the fact remains the fact North Indians (also Gujaratis) form excellent entreprenures

  5. PL Says:

    i think north indians especially punjabis work hard and think big that is why they are very successful

  6. Anurag Jain Says:

    Omg…….what a piece of crap have you posted here…..Well its no wonder northi’s are good @ entrepreneurship….they dont pay taxes…they get 0/10 for ethics and social responsibility….Please visit a household in south india, you would find it other way….

  7. vivekmittal Says:

    Dear Anurag, Thanks for your comment

    While you accept that North indians are good in entrepreneurship..but the reasons you gave are strange, you say North Indians dont pay taxes and are Zero in ethics or social responsibility….Well i wont defend as everybody including you know the truth

  8. Arvind Says:

    I sincerely doubt Kim Singh was awarded anything. He’s a scam artist and should be avoided at all costs. He’s a phony. Stay away from him. Don’t believe a word he says. SCAM artist!

  9. arvind Ghosh Says:

    Thats true, North indians have made us Proud by building business empires. South indians, marathis , bengalis etc should also strive for entrepreneurship

  10. nitinpr Says:

    Hey Arvind,

    Tell me more about this Kim Singh.
    Is he really a scam artist?

  11. rishi Says:

    the reason for this is that north india do have a high level of male dominated societies,while the family values in south india has eroded.south indian families are not that much male dominated.And to run a business you need hands(sons,brothers,joint family) which are not available in south india at all.though south indians can be good scientists and honest administrators

  12. indian Says:

    If you go back in history and think about it more deeply. The reason you may find more entrepreneurship in the north is due to necessity. In the north the land is not very fertile so therefore people had to learn how to become experts in trade and business to survive. While in the south people most ppl were able to make a living through agricultural means. Of course in the last 100 years things have changed dramatically. You will begin to see more and more entrepreneurs coming out of the south and an entrepreneurial culture has been emerging starting from within the the Tech Industry.

  13. Rohit Rai Says:

    These kind of threads create differences amongst Indians… I still feel that India as a nation has failed to keep us together as a nation since 1947. Even after so much slavery and struggle for freedom, we somehow are not able to get rid of the old habits of ridiculing each other and praising one over the others.

  14. Prakash Says:

    Be proud to be an Indian, why regional prejudices. Both North Indians and South Indians are good in business. North may have many billionaires, not like the one the south has, Narayana Murthy, who made others rich with ethics and selfish-less efforts.

  15. Hansraj Bhamu Says:

    Can I ask why you guys always insult Marwari’s stop being racist we are running most of the Indian restaurant in Bay Area and I’m proud be from Rajasthan as it significe Heritage of India so stop being racist better compete in business. And one more thing we really work hard that is why we achieve success.

  16. kousik dutta Says:

    it is quite true, that north indian community mainly punjabi and marwari, both owned india& abroad ,maximum amount of business which is turnover more than 1000 cr, i have data also , both two community owned maximum amount of medium -large and very large company in india & aborad, but uttar paradesh ,himachal pradesh , is not good in this count , very few businessman from uttarpradesh state which owned a company turnover more than 1000cr company in india or abroad. sindhi also not counted in this figure also ,finolex industries is big company turnover more than 3000 cr owned by a sindhi businessman , many sindhi mainly doing business which micro and small enterprise .but one thing here i want to clear about that very few punjabi and marwari community make new business through innovation or new type of business , i am from bengal , and i give you the list that many bengali entrepreneur who make business through innovation , *first iron ore based steel industry founded by sir rajendra mookherjee and sir jacob martin , first water proofing industries by mr bose famous for (duck back), first non residual banking in india by peerless gerneral finance and insurance co , first audio research compancy sonodyne, first oil produced from alegae by kolkata based scientists(sun plant agro industries ltd), first bpo industries set up by raman roy , first biotechnology company biocon kiran majumdar shaw, first nano technology company dr arup mukherjee , first remote infrastrue mangement service by microland ,first pharma and chemical company.first fmcg comany dabur, and there are many more , mainly marwari community hold maximum cement and steel industry , but if india want to become world superpower like america then india need businessman who are innovator and entrepreneur , a survey done by indian satistical institute in 2007 that show new business venture done by maximum amount mizoram , tamil , maharastra, west bengal ,top four states but gujrathi and marwari are not figured in within top ten , few punjabi innovator , which is making big like vinod dam, mr kholi , rajeev bhatia, one thing i telling you many bengali innovator making business foray like mr s m ghosh (smg group), mr budhadity chattopadhay (ideal organ pvt ltd), three bengali scientists innovate high speed processor which is used for scientific purpose in zeneva , in big bang reserach , three bengali scientists who make this hi speed processor which owned by competition of 102 countries ,rajat gupta is bengali who is former chairman of mackinesy group , gupta ,verma , also available in bengali community.

  17. Virgie Says:

    (I say Saturday generally since we usually have our
    purchase built on Friday soon after which it a number
    of many hrs on Sat. When you are having a small business then it is always better to
    post local classifieds. The people who come to garage sales
    are just ridiculous.

  18. Vijay Paul Says:

    Except for 3 to 5 eastern districts, Rajasthan is Western India or its own world. The way of talking, clothes, the form of worship, the lively dancing, the incorporation of adivasi culture into the mainstream, the lack of craze for government jobs, the politeness of villagers, the relative safety of women, absence of local bhaiyya gangs, no paan eating by locals, ghaghra dress, women dancing in public and temples, no Sita as model women, etc.

    Ramdevra, Chamunda, Bhairav, Balajee, Brahma, Surya, Tejajee, Devnaranjee-, Amlidojee, not Ganga, Ram, etc.

    Even the Muslim culture is very different from North Indian Muslim culture. Firstly, most still maintain Hindu traditions. Second, there are many sects common to Gujarat and Maharashtra like the Bohra and Memon.

    Their are only 2 political parties. No socialist or caste-based parties. Like Guj, MP, Maharashtra, Goa. The CM is Marathi origin Shinde (Scindia) from MP. Center-west India.

    This article is so strange- out of a population of a few hundred million in the north and West, the success rate is small.

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  20. varun valecha Says:

    Hi Vivek,
    i went through your views twice/thrice acc. to me what you mean by north indian is a region in which Hindi Language is not dominated by local languages or people have no offense with the Language of other people, as we do face this problem a lot in south india where speaking in Hindi seems like a crime to local peoples.

    And so Now, I do agree on your below mentioned line

    “people belonging to North India, though they are perhaps the most successful people in this country, be it business, entrepreneurship ,leadership, politics or anything. The reason behind the lack of such chauvinism is perhaps lack of regionlism.”

    Also this can be understood only by the person who has stayed & fought in conditions where speaking national language is like an offence,
    Atleast in North/Central/Wester/Eastern India i did not find this language barrier.

    And what i believe is:
    “A person or nation can grow only when mind is free from barriers of cast, creed & religion. we need to respect others mother-tounge as we do ours”


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