Tata family

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Tata family
Current regionMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Place of originNavsari, Gujarat, India
MembersJamsetji Tata
Dorabji Tata
Ratanji Tata
Naval Tata
R. D Tata
J. R. D. Tata
Ratan Tata
Simone Tata
Noel Tata
Deepak Arya S/O Radheshyam Arya
Connected familiesPetit family
Saklatwala family
Bhabha family
Mistry family
HeirloomsTata Sons
Ratan Naval Tata, Chairman of Tata Group
Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus of Tata Group

The Tata family is an Indian business family, based in Mumbai, India. The parent company is Tata Sons, which is the main holding company of the Tata Group. About 65% of the stock in these companies is owned by various Tata family charitable trusts, mainly the Ratan Tata Trust and the Dorab Tata Trust. Approximately 18% of the shares are held by the Pallonji Mistry family, and the rest by various Tata sons.

The Tatas are a Parsi family and originally came to Mumbai from Navsari in the state of Gujarat. The founder of the family's fortune was Jamshetji Tata. The Tata family is related to the Petit baronets through Sylla Tata, who married Sir Dinshaw Maneckji Petit, 3rd Baronet.[citation needed]

Prominent members[edit]

  • Jamshedji Tata (3 March 1839 – 19 May 1904), known as one of the fathers of Indian industry.[1]
    • Dorabji Tata (27 August 1859 – 3 June 1932), elder son of Jamshedji, Indian industrialist, philanthropist and 2nd Chairman of Tata Group. His wife, Meherbai Tata, was the paternal aunt of nuclear scientist Homi J. Bhabha
    • Ratanji Tata (20 January 1871 – 5 September 1918), younger son of Jamshedji, philanthropist and pioneer of poverty studies. After Ratanji Tata died, his wife, Navajbai Tata, adopted an orphan, Naval, who was the grand-nephew of her mother-in-law, and raised him as her own son.[citation needed]
      • Naval Tata, (30 August 1904 – 5 May 1989) adopted son of Navajbai Tata. His biological maternal grandmother had been the sister of Hirabai Tata, wife of group founder Jamshedji Tata. Also, his biological father, Hormusji Tata, had belonged to the broader Tata family, and Naval therefore carried the surname "Tata" by birthright.[2] Director in several Tata companies, ILO member, recipient of Padma Bhushan. He married twice and had three sons.
      • Simone Naval Tata, second wife of Naval Tata, a Swiss woman and a Catholic. She ran Lakme and served as chairperson of Trent[3]
  • Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata (1856–1926), one of the early stalwarts to serve the Tata Group. His father Dadabhoy and Jeevanbai - mother of Jamshedji Tata, were siblings. Ratanji was also a paternal cousin of Jamshedji and belonged to the broader Tata family. He married Suzanne Brière, a French Catholic, and had five children, including:
    • J. R. D. Tata (29 July 1904 – 29 November 1993), son of Ratanji Tata by his wife Suzanne. As 4th Chairman of Tata Group, he pioneered Indian aviation and founded Tata Airlines (later known as Air India).
    • Sylla Tata, daughter of Ratanji Dadabhoy and elder sister of J.R.D. She was married to Sir Dinshaw Maneckji Petit, 3rd Baronet. Her sister-in-law, Rattanbai Petit, was married to Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, and Rattanbai and Jinnah's daughter, Dina, was the wife of Bombay Dyeing chairman Neville Wadia who was the son of Sir Ness Wadia and Lady Eveylne Clara Powell Wadia.[4]


  1. ^ "Forbes India Magazine - Tata Sons: Passing the Baton". forbesindia.com. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  2. ^ Malik, Amil (30 November 2016). "Who is Ratan Tata and how 'real' a Tata is he?". Mosaic Media Ventures Pvt. Ltd. VC Circle.
  3. ^ "Noel Tata takes over as chairman of Trent". Times of India. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  4. ^ Guriro, Amar (30 June 2009). "Aslam Jinnah's claim of being Quaid's family disputed". Daily Times. Archived from the original on 16 April 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2012.


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