Nikhil Nanda

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Nikhil Nanda
Born (1974-03-18) 18 March 1974 (age 43)
New Delhi, India
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania
Occupation Businessman
Spouse(s) Shweta Bachchan (m. 1997)
Relatives See Kapoor family

Nikhil Nanda (born 18 March 1974) is an Indian businessman. Part of the Kapoor family, he is the son of insurance agent Ritu Nanda and industrialist Rajan Nanda, and the grandson of actor–filmmaker Raj Kapoor. He is the managing director of Escorts Limited,[1] an engineering company that manufacture agricultural machinery, machine construction and material handling equipment and railway equipment. Escorts Limited was founded in 1948 by his paternal grandfather, Har Prasad Nanda (known as H.P. Nanda).The company’s corporate headquarters is in Faridabad, Haryana, India. He is married to Shweta Bachchan, the daughter of veteran actors Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bhaduri–and has two children with her.

Early Life and background[edit]

Nikhil Nanda was born on 18 March 1974 in New Delhi, India. His father, Rajan Nanda, is an industrialist and the Chairman and Managing Director of Escorts Group, while his mother, Ritu Nanda, is the single largest insurance agent of the Life Insurance Corporation of India. He is the maternal grandson of actor-director Raj Kapoor, and paternal grandson of industrialist Har Prasad Nanda. His great-grandfather, Prithviraj Kapoor, was an actor. Actors Rishi Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor and Rajiv Kapoor are his maternal uncles, while actresses Neetu Singh and Babita Kapoor are his aunts-by-marriage. Actors Karisma Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor are his first cousins.

Nanda completed his schooling from Doon School, Dehradun, and went on to study business management at Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, USA, where he majored in Finance and Marketing.

Personal life[edit]

Nikhil Nanda married Shweta Bachchan, daughter of film actors Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan, on 16 February 1997. They have two children, a daughter, Navya Naveli Nanda, and a son, Agastya Nanda.


Nikhil Nanda has been a member of Escorts Limited’s Board of Directors since 1997. In 2007, he was appointed as Joint Managing Director of the company, and in September 2013, he became the Managing Director of Escorts Limited.


Nikhil Nanda is a member of the following industry associations of India:

• Northern Regional Council of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) • Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) • Indo American Chambers of Commerce (IACC) • High-level strategic group constituted by All India Management Association (AIMA) • Young India Committee of CII Member of the prestigious Science & Technology in Society (STS) Forum of Japan. He is also one of the few business leaders chosen to represent India at the Indo-Spain CEOs Forum, which operates under the purview of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.


He was among the five Indians selected as the Global Leaders of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in Geneva, in 2001.[2]


  1. ^ Singh, Sanghita (May 18, 2002). "Nikhil Nanda: The business of life". The Times of India. 
  2. ^ "5 Indians Among Wefs 100 Global Leaders Of Tomorrow". Business Standard. November 4, 2000.