The Tata Group, one of India's largest and oldest business conglomerates, often flies under the radar despite its vast and diversified portfolio, ranging from needles to ships. Notably, the Tata Group distinguishes itself by not being a family-controlled enterprise, a rarity among century-old business empires. Instead, all companies under the Tata Group umbrella are overseen by Tata Sons, the holding company.
Currently chaired by N Chandrasekaran, Tata Sons exercises control over major entities such as tcs, Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tata Power, air India, Tata Chemicals, Tata Consumer Products, and indian Hotel Company, among others. The combined value of companies under Chandrasekaran's leadership surpasses Rs 11 lakh crore.
N Chandrasekaran has long been associated with the Tata Group, earning trust and regard from veteran industrialist Ratan Tata, who considers him a significant and trusted figure, often referred to as Ratan Tata's right-hand man. Before leading the entire group, Chandrasekaran served as the CEO and MD of tcs, the country's largest IT company, from 2009 to 2017. His journey within the Tata Group commenced as an intern at tcs in 1987, progressing steadily over three decades to reach the pinnacle of corporate leadership.
Acknowledging his substantial contributions to the business landscape, the indian government honoured Chandrasekaran with the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian award. Renowned as one of the highest-paid executives in the country, Chandrasekaran's annual salary package for 2021-22 reportedly stood at Rs 109 crore, underscoring his impactful presence in India's business realm.