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Shiv Nadar
Born (1945-07-14) 14 July 1945 (age 79)[1]
Alma materPSG College of Technology
Occupation(s)Founder, HCLTech, SSN College of Engineering, Shiv Nadar University, and Shiv Nadar University, Chennai
SpouseKiran Nadar
ChildrenRoshni Nadar Malhotra
RelativesS. N. Balakrishnan (brother)
AwardsPadma Bhushan (2008)

Shiv Nadar (born 14 July 1945) is an Indian billionaire businessman and philanthropist.[2] He was the founder and chairman of HCL Technologies, and is chairman of the Shiv Nadar Foundation. Nadar founded HCL in the year 1976 and transformed the IT hardware company into an IT enterprise over the next three decades.[3] In 2008, Nadar was awarded Padma Bhushan for his efforts in the IT industry.[4] Nadar, nicknamed by friends as Magus (Old Persian for "wizard"),[5] since the mid-1990s he has focused his efforts on developing the educational system of India through the Shiv Nadar Foundation.[6] According to Forbes, he has an estimated net worth of US$34.2 billion as of July 2024.[7]

Early life


Nadar was born in Moolaipozhi village, Madras Presidency (present day Thoothukudi district, Tamil Nadu) into a Tamil Hindu family.[8] His parents were Sivasubramaniya Nadar and Vamasundari Devi. His mother, Vamasundari Devi, is the sister of S. P. Adithanar, founder of Dina Thanthi newspaper.

Nadar studied at Town Higher Secondary School, Kumbakonam.[9] He also studied in the Elango Corporation Higher Secondary School, Madurai.[10] He was admitted into the first form (Sixth Standard) in June 1955 and continued his education in Town High School until June 1957. Later, he joined St. Joseph Boys Higher Secondary School, Trichy, and completed high school education here.[11] Nadar received a pre-university degree in the American College, Madurai[12] and a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore.[13]



Nadar[14] began his career at Walchand group's Cooper Engineering Ltd. in Pune in 1967.[15] he soon gave it up to begin his own venture, in partnerships with several friends and colleagues. These partners were Ajai Chowdhry (Ex-Chairman, HCL), Arjun Malhotra (CEO and chairman, Headstrong), Subhash Arora, Yogesh Vaidya, S. Raman, Mahendra Pratap and DS Puri.[16]

The initial enterprise which Nadar and his partners began was Microcomp, a company which focused on selling teledigital calculators in the Indian market.[17][18] HCL was founded in 1976, with an investment of Rs. 187,000.[19]

In 1980, HCL ventured into the international market with the opening of Far East Computers in Singapore to sell IT hardware. The venture reported Rs 1 million in revenue in the first year and continued to address the Singapore operations.[20] Nadar remained the largest shareholder without retaining any management control.[citation needed]

In July 2020, Nadar handed over to his daughter Roshni Nadar, who became the first woman chair of a listed Indian IT company.[21] In July 2021, Nadar also stepped down as managing director of HCL Technologies, and was succeeded by C Vijayakumar, HCL Tech CEO, for a five-year term.[22]

In October 2021, he was ranked by Forbes magazine as the third richest person in India with an estimated net worth of US$31 billion.[23]

Focus on education

Shiv and Roshni Nadar presenting a cheque of Rs. 4 crore to the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, towards the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund in New Delhi on 17 January 2005

In 1996, Nadar founded SSN College of Engineering in Chennai, Tamil Nadu[24] in the name of his father, Sivasubramaniya Nadar. Nadar took an active role in the college activities, including the gifting of Rs. 10 lakh worth of HCL shares to the college.[25] In 2006, Nadar announced that the college will promote research apart from ensuring that students benefit from foreign university tie-ups.[26] Nadar joined the executive board of Indian School of Business in 2005.[27] In March 2008, Nadar's SSN Trust announced the setting up of two Vidyagyan schools in Uttar Pradesh for rural students, where free scholarship for 200 students from 50 districts of the state. He visited Town Higher Secondary School in February 2011 and donated computers and other equipment worth Rs. 80 lakh. He served as chairman of the board of governors, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur or IIT-KGP), a technical institute until 2014.[28]

Personal life


Nadar's daughter Roshni Nadar is now chairwoman of HCL. She was the manager of HCL when Siva Nadar started it in the 1990s.[29]

His wife, Kiran Nadar, is an art collector and philanthropist.[30]

Shiv Nadar and his wife Kiran Nadar are also active Bridge players and sponsors of the famous HCL Bridge Tournament in India

Awards and accolades

  • In 2008, the Government of India awarded him with a Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award, for his contribution to the IT industry.[31]
  • In 2007, Madras University awarded him an honorary doctorate degree.[32]
  • Shiv Nadar was awarded E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 (Services).[33]
  • In 2011, he was counted amongst Forbes' 48 Heroes of Philanthropy in Asia Pacific.[34]
  • In April 2017, India Today magazine ranked Nadar #16th in India's 50 most powerful people of 2017 list.[35]
  • Shiv Nadar has committed more than $1 billion to philanthropy.[36]


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