Rahul Bajaj

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Rahul Bajaj
Born (1938-06-10) 10 June 1938 (age 81)
ResidenceAkurdi, Pune, India
Alma materSt. Stephen's College (BA)
Government Law College (LLB)
Harvard University (MBA)
OccupationChairman of Bajaj Group
Net worthUS$4.8 billion (Forbes 2017)[1]
Political partyIndependent
Children3, including Rajiv Bajaj
RelativesJamnalal Bajaj (grandfather)
Tarang Jain (nephew)
AwardsPadma Bhushan (2001)

Rahul Bajaj (born 10 June 1938) is an Indian billionaire businessman, politician and philanthropist. He is the chairman of Indian conglomerate Bajaj Group and member of parliament. Bajaj comes from the business house started by a Rajasthani Marwadi businessman Jamnalal Bajaj. He was awarded the third highest civilian award Padma Bhushan in 2001.[2] In a recent interview for the Creating Emerging Markets project at the Harvard Business School, Bajaj provides a devastating critique of Indian industrial policies before the liberalisation in the 1990s.[3]

Early life[edit]

He was born on 10 June 1938 in a Marwari family and is the grandson of Indian independence fighter and philanthropist, Jamnalal Bajaj.[4][5]

Bajaj is an alumnus of Harvard Business School in the US, St. Stephen's College, Delhi, Government Law College, Mumbai and Cathedral and John Connon School.[6][7]


Bajaj speaking at the 2016 Horasis Global Meeting.

He took over Bajaj Group in 1965.[8]

In 2005, Rahul Bajaj stepped down from his role as chairman, his son Rajiv became the Group's managing director. [9]

On the Forbes 2016 list of the world's billionaires, he was ranked No. 722 with a net worth of US$2.4 billion.[1]

Personal life[edit]

His sons Rajiv Bajaj and Sanjiv Bajaj are involved in the management of his companies. His daughter Sunaina is married to Manish Kejriwal, the former head of Temasek India.[10][11]


  1. ^ a b "The World's Billionaires (2016 ranking): #722 Rahul Bajaj". Forbes. 1 March 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 July 2013. Retrieved 25 December 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Interview with Rahul Bajaj". Creating Emerging Markets. Harvard Business School.
  4. ^ "Rahul Bajaj Story - Bio, Facts, Home, Family, Net Worth - Famous Chairmans- SuccessStory". successstory.com. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  5. ^ Taknet, D. K. (2016). The Marwari Heritage. IntegralDMS. p. 254. ISBN 9781942322061. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Alumni Achievement Awards – Rahul Bajaj, MBA 1964". Archived from the original on 13 November 2012. Retrieved 25 December 2012.
  7. ^ "Birthday Special : The motivational businessman, Rahul Bajaj". Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Rahul Bajaj, Bajaj Group". Outlook India. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Learning from emerging markets: An interview with Bajaj Auto's Rajiv Bajaj". McKinsey & Company. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  10. ^ [1] Archived 13 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "LUNCH WITH BS: Manish Kejriwal". Business-standard.com. 11 November 2008. Archived from the original on 10 October 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2011.

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