There is a difference between making money for oneself and creating wealth for others. This is the story of a business house that has created wealth for a nation. It is a story of struggle, anxiety, adventure and achievement. This is the story of our pioneers.
Jamsetji Tata: The Founder of the Tata group began with a textile mill in central India in the 1870s. His powerful vision inspired the steel and power industries in India, set the foundation for technical education, and helped the country leapfrog from backwardness to the ranks of industrialised nations.
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Sir Dorab Tata (Chairman, Tata Sons: 1917 – 1932): Through his endeavours in setting up Tata Steel and Tata Power, this elder son of Jamsetji Tata was instrumental in transforming his father's grand vision into reality. It was also under his leadership that the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, the premier charitable endowment of the Tatas, was created, propelling the Tata tradition of philanthropy.
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Sir Ratan Tata: Jamsetji Tata's younger son had a personality that reflected his sensitivity to the struggles of ordinary people and his desire to utilise his considerable wealth to enhance the quality of public life. A philanthropist all his life, he created a trust fund for "the advancement of learning and for the relief of human suffering and other works of public utility." The Sir Ratan Tata Trust is today the second largest of the Tata trusts.
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Sir Nowroji Saklatvala (Chairman, Tata Sons: 1932 – 1938): Sir Nowroji Saklatvala became chairman of the Tata group in 1932, succeeding Sir Dorabji Tata. A keen sportsman and a trusted lieutenant to Sir Dorabji, Sir Nowroji was known for his vision and the desire to place employee welfare over everything else.
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JRD Tata (Chairman, Tata Sons: 1938 – 1991): The late chairman of the Tata Group pioneered civil aviation on the subcontinent in 1932 by launching the airline now known as Air India. That was the first of many path-breaking achievements that JRD, who guided the destiny of the Group for more than half a century, came to be remembered for.
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Naval Tata: Naval Tata's many contributions in the fields of business, sports administration and labour relations symbolised all that is best in the Tata spirit of giving back to society and the communities in which its enterprises grow.
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