Nadir Godrej

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Nadir Godrej
Born 1951 (age 65–66)
Residence Mumbai
Nationality Indian
Alma mater MIT
Stanford University
Harvard Business School
Occupation Chairman of Godrej Agrovet
Managing director of Godrej Industries
Spouse(s) Rati Godrej
Relatives Adi Godrej (Brother)

Nadir Burjorji Godrej (born 1951) is an Indian industrialist and member of the Godrej family. He currently serves as managing director of Godrej Industries, one of India's biggest businesses, and as chairman of Godrej Agrovet.

Background and personal life[edit]

Godrej was born the younger son of Burjorji Godrej by his wife Jaiben Godrej. Burjorji was the nephew of Ardeshir Godrej, founder of the Godrej group of industries. Since Ardeshir was childless, the vast industrial estate created by Ardeshir was inherited by three nephews. The family belongs to the Parsi community and follows the (Zoroastrian) religion. The Godrej family traces its roots to Gujarat state in western India, but has been settled in Mumbai for over two centuries.

Nadir Godrej has one older brother, Adi Godrej, who is the chairman of the Godrej Group. He is a first cousin of Jamshyd Godrej, chairman and managing director of Godrej & Boyce, another major family firm.

Nadir Godrej is married to Dr. Rati Godrej. The couple have been blessed with three sons, namely Burjis (b. 1992), Sohrab (b. 1994) and Hormusji (b. 1996). They live in Mumbai.


Nadir currently serves as managing director of Godrej Industries, one of India's biggest businesses, and as chairman of Godrej Agrovet. These are two of the major companies run by his family.

Apart from holding positions of responsibility in his own family's companies, Godrej also sits as an independent director on the boards of several non-group companies. As of 2016, these include Mahindra & Mahindra,[1] Tata Teleservices, and Taj Hotels.[2]

In 2013 he made an undisclosed angel investment in an Indian social networking service, LocalCircles.[3]Nadir, joined the Mahindra and Mahindra Board in 1992. He is currently the Managing Director of Godrej Industries, India’s leading manufacturer of oleochemicals, edible oils, vanaspati, and bakery fats. Today, Nadir serves on the Boards of several companies including Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra), Indian Hotels Company, and several Godrej Group companies. Nadir is a member of the Advisory Committees of the Indian Chemical Manufacturers' Association, and a trustee of the Foundation of Medical Research, Mumbai. He has also served as President of the Compound Livestock Feed Manufacturers' Association of India, the Oil Technologists' Association of India, and the Protein Food & Nutrition Development Association. Currently President of the Alliance Francaise de Bombay, Nadir has received the Ordre National du Mérite and the Ordre National De La Légion D’Honneur from the Government of France for his achievements. Nadir earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston. He attended Stanford University for his Masters in Chemical Engineering and received his MBA from Harvard University as a George F. Baker Scholar. Nadir lives in Mumbai with his wife, Dr. Rati Godrej. They have three sons. In 1991, he wrote a collection of poems in English and French titled “Life and Other Poems”.


Godrej speaks six languages, including Russian and French. He is known for his fondness of poetry and mathematics.[4] He is also a published poet.[5]


  1. ^ "Nadir Godrej". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
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  3. ^ "LocalCircles raises funds from Nadir Godrej". Business Standard. 2013-03-20. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  4. ^ Sangitaa Advani (2008-04-04). "Rhymes and reasons". Livemint. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  5. ^ "Indian breaks into poem". BBC. 22 August 2014.