Azim Hashim Premji

Azim Hashim Premji is an Indian businessman, investor, engineer and philanthropist who was the chairman of Wipro Limited.

Azim Hashim Premji

Premji remains a non-executive member and founding chairman of the board. He is popularly known as the czar of the Indian IT industry.

Date of birth: July 24, 1945

Organizations Founded: Azim Premji Foundation, Wipro Enterprises, Mission10X

He was named to Time magazine's 100 Most Important People list twice, once in 2004 and once in 2011.

Over the years, he has been named one of the "500 Most Influential Muslims".

He is also the Chancellor of Azim Premji University in Bangalore. The Government of India awarded Permji the second highest civilian award in India, Padma Vibhushan.

He is one of the richest people in India with a net worth of $32.8 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. By joining the Giving Pledge in 2013, he pledged to give away at least half of his wealth. Premji first donated $2.2 billion to the Azim Premji Foundation, which focuses on Indian education. He is No. 1 on the EdelGive Hurun India Charity List 2020. He fell from No. 2 to No. 17 on the Forbes 2019 Forbes list of India's richest people after he donated large sums to charities.

Recognition 

Premji was named one of BusinessWeek's "Greatest Entrepreneurs" for his role in making Wipro one of the fastest-growing companies in the world.

The Manipal Institute of Higher Education awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2000. Azim Premji was named a Lakshya Business Visionary by the National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai, in 2006.

In 2005, the Government of India awarded him the Padma Bhushan Medal for his outstanding contributions to trade and commerce.

In 2009, he received an honorary doctorate from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, for outstanding philanthropy. In 2015, the University of Mysore awarded him an honorary doctorate.

In 2011, he received the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian honour.

Azim Premji Foundation

In 2001, he founded the non-profit Azim Premji Foundation.

In December 2010, he offered to donate $2 billion to improve school education in India. This was achieved by transferring a 213 million stake in Wipro Ltd. held by a handful of organisations he controls to the Azim Premji Trust. This is the largest donation of its kind in India.

In March 2019, Premji committed an additional 34% of its Wipro stock to the foundation. Currently valued at about $7.5 billion, the grant brings his entire donation to the foundation to $21 billion.