Pirojsha Burjorji Godrej

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Pirojsha Burjorji Godrej
Mumbai, India
OccupationBusinessman, Entrepreneur
Spouse(s)Sunabai Godrej

Pirojsha Burjorji Godrej (1882-1972) was an Indian businessman, son of Burjorji Godrej and brother of Ardeshir Burjorji Godrej. Projsha with his brother Ardeshir laid the foundation for the international conglomerate Godrej Group.[1]

Early life[edit]

Pirojsha was the son of Burjorji Godrej and a member of the Parsi community. He was born into a wealthy Parsi-Zoroastrian family of Bombay (now Mumbai), called Gootherajee. Burjorji later changed the family name to Godrej in January 1871.

Working with his elder brother Ardeshir Godrej, Pirojsha made Godrej a household name in India.[2]


Pirojsha joined the business in the year 1906 at the age of 24, soon after graduating from the Victoria Jubilee Technical Institute, Mumbai.[3] Pirojsha Burjorji Godrej, alongside his brother Ardeshir Burjorji Godrej, cofounded Godrej Brothers, the forerunner of the international conglomerate Godrej Group.[1]

The industrial township of Pirojshanagar outside Mumbai is named after him. The logo of the Godrej group is taken from his signature. On 1 May 1928, the sole ownership and control of the company was transferred to Pirojsha, by Ardeshir.

Current successors[edit]

Today, his grandsons Adi, Nadir, and Jamshyd run the Godrej group.[4] Adi Godrej's youngest son is also named Pirojsha Godrej and is currently part of the Godrej business as Managing director and CEO of Godrej Properties Limited.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Pirojsha had three sons, Sohrab, Burjor, who married Jai Dastur, and Naval, who married Soonoo Dastur. He also had a daughter named Dosa, who married Kaikhushroo Naoroji. Pirojsha's young wife Soonabai died in Mussoorie due to the influenza epidemic.[6]


  1. ^ a b "The Parsi business story: under lock & key". TNN. 24 September 2004. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  2. ^ Icons of Indian Industry. Sura Books. p. 4. ISBN 8174786856.
  3. ^ "Godrej Archives". archives.godrej.com. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  4. ^ Meenakshi, Radhakrishnan-Swami. "The Godrej Guardian". Outlook (magazine).
  5. ^ "Adi Godrej Family". Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  6. ^ B K, Karanjia (2000). Final Victory: The Life-and Death-Of Naval Pirojsha Godrej. Penguin UK. p. 256. ISBN 9351187845.

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