Jamshyd Godrej

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Jamshyd Godrej
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Alma materCathedral & John Connon School
Illinois Institute of Technology
OccupationChairman of Godrej & Boyce
Spouse(s)Pheroza Godrej
ChildrenNavroze Godrej Raika Godrej
Parent(s)Naval Godrej Soonuben Godrej

Jamshyd Naoroji Godrej is an Indian industrialist and member of the Godrej family, currently serving as managing director and chairman of Godrej & Boyce, the holding company of the Godrej group.[1] Godrej & Boyce is a diversified business with a presence across 10 industry sectors.

Early life[edit]

Godrej completed his schooling at the prominent Cathedral & John Connon School. He attended the Illinois Institute of Technology, studying mechanical engineering, and was appointed a director of Godrej & Boyce in 1974, becoming managing director in 1991 and chairman in 2000.[2] In 2012, Godrej resigned from the board of Haldia Petrochemicals, prompting efforts by government of Bengal to retain him.[3]


Jamshyd joined the Board of Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company Limited as a director in 1974. He led the group in the areas of home appliances, consumer durables, office equipment, industrial products, consumer products and services.[4] He is currently the Chairman and Managing Director of Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company Limited. He is also the chairman of the CII Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre.

In 2012, Forbes estimated his net worth to be $4.8 billion.[1]


In 2003, he received India's third highest civilian honor, the Padma Bhushan.[2]

Green activities[edit]

Godrej is on the boards of the World Resources Institute and Aspen Institute; in 2012, Forbes magazine named him one of the richest green billionaires[5] on the basis of the valuable mangrove swamps the Godrej family has owned and preserved in Vikhroli, Mumbai.[6] He is vice president of the World Wide Fund for Nature.[2] In partnership with the World Resources Institute, whose Indian division he chairs, he has supported sustainable forms of public transport in India, including bus rapid transport schemes, through funding relevant institutions and lobbying the Ministry of Urban Development.[7]

He is on the board Board of Directors at World Resources Institute India (WRI India),[8] and serves as the chairman of the board of directors for the Council On Energy, Environment and Water.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Jamshyd is married to Pheroza Godrej and has two children, son Navroze Godrej and daughter Raika Godrej.[5][10][11] He is known for his fondness of yachting.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Jamshyd Godrej & family". Forbes. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Board of Directors | World Resources Institute". Wri.org. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Godrej quits HPL board, govt tries to keep him back". Telegraphindia.com. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Indian Institute for Human Settlements | Jamshyd Godrej". iihs.co.in. Archived from the original on 13 May 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Richest Green Billionaires 2012". Forbes. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  6. ^ Mamta Sen (11 September 2011). "Godrej helps preserve Mumbai mangroves". Sunday-guardian.com. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  7. ^ "Interview With:Jamshyd Godrej, Best global practices must be emulated - TrafficInfraTech Magazine". Trafficinfratech.com. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Board of Directors". World Resources Institute.
  9. ^ "Our Story". CEEW. 6 April 2018. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Son rises at Godrej". www.rediff.com. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  11. ^ "Godrej family gets the keys to Homi J Bhabha's bungalow for Rs 372 crore; outbids Ajay Piramal". timesofindia-economictimes. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)