Kumar Mangalam Birla

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Kumar Mangalam Birla
Born (1967-06-14) 14 June 1967 (age 51)
ResidenceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Alma materLondon Business School
Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
OccupationChairman of Aditya Birla Group Chairman & Vodafone Idea Limited
Net worthIncrease US$12billion (13 February 2018)[1]
Spouse(s)Neerja Birla (m. 1989)
ChildrenAnanya Birla, Advaitesha Birla, Aryaman Birla
Parent(s)Aditya Vikram Birla

Kumar Mangalam Birla (born 14 June 1968) is an Indian industrialist and the chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, one of the largest conglomerate corporations in India. He is also the chancellor of the Birla Institute of Technology & Science[2], and the chairman of the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi[3] and Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Birla is a fourth-generation member of the Birla family from the state of Rajasthan.[1][not in citation given] He was born in Kolkata and raised in Mumbai. He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from H.R. College of Commerce and Economics, MBA degree from London Business School, where he is Hon. Fellow.[2] and CA (Chartered Accountant) from ICAI (India).


Birla took over as chairman of the Aditya Birla Group in 1995, at the age of 28, following the death of his father Aditya Vikram Birla. During his tenure as chairman, the group's annual turnover has expanded from US$3.33 Billion in 1995 to US$41 billion in 2015.[5]

Birla has received several accolades, including the International Advertising Association’s "CEO of the Year Award" in 2016; the US India Business Council's "Global Leadership Award" in 2014; Economic Times “Business Leader Award” in 2003 and 2013; Forbes India Leadership Award – Flagship Award “Entrepreneur of the Year 2012; NDTV Profit Business Leadership Awards 2012, “Most Inspiring Leader”; CNBCTV18 IBLA “Business Leader for Taking India Abroad 2012”; CNN-IBN “Indian of the Year Award 2010”; JRD Tata “Leadership Award 2008”; NDTV’s “Global Indian Leader of the Year 2007”.[citation needed]

An educationist, Birla is the Chancellor of Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS). He is Chairman of IIT Delhi, IIM Ahmedabad and Chairman of Rhodes India Scholarship Committee for Oxford University. He serves on London Business School’s Asia Pacific Advisory Board and is an Honorary Fellow of the London Business School.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Mr. Birla and his wife, Mrs. Neerja Birla have three children, Ananyashree, Aryaman and Advaitesha.[2]

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  1. ^ a b [1] Forbes.com. Retrieved February 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla - Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group". Archived from the original on 10 November 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Indian Institute of Technology Delhi". www.iitd.ac.in. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
  4. ^ "Kumar Mangalam Birla appointed as new chairman of IIM-A". The Indian Express. 23 October 2016.
  5. ^ Rai, Saritha (19 October 2015). "In India, A 158-Year-Old Business Conglomerate, Aditya Birla Group, Forays Into Fashion E-Commerce". Forbes. Retrieved 27 December 2016.