Forbes came out with its annual list of billionaires and India is one of the top billionaire-producing countries in the world. But in the technology space, which Indians raked in most cash? Interestingly, five among the nine are cofounders of Infosys. Here’s a list of the top 9 tech billionaires that have put India on the top.
Informally known as the Czar of the Indian IT industry, Premji is the chairman of Wipro. He featured twice in Time magazine’s 100 most influential people. In 2011, he founded the Azim Premji Foundation, a non-profit organization aiming at universal education. In 2011, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan.
One of the four Indians to make it to the top 100 billionaires, Shiv Nadar ranks 88. The 70-year-old founder and chairman of HCL Technologies is also a philanthropist with the Shiv Nadar Foundation. In 2008, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan for his efforts in the IT sector.
Narayana Murthy is currently the Chairman Emeritus of Infosys. Because of his contribution to outsourcing in India, Time magazine described him as Father of the Indian IT sector. Murthy has also been honoured with the Padma Vibhushan by the Indian government.
Popularly known as Kris, he is the executive vice chairman of Infosys. In addition to being a cofounder, he also served as CEO, managing director and COO at various times in Infosys. In 2011, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan. He is also the chief mentor of Startup Village.
Nandan Nilekani cofounded Infosys with five others from Patni, two already present in this list. He held various posts at Infosys such as managing director, president, and CEO. He is member of the Indian National Congress and served as the chairman for Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).
Currently the co-founder and CEO of Flipkart, Binny Bansal is a new entrant to the billionaire list. Binny was previously employed with Amazon for 9 months before venturing into the very niche e-commerce space in India.
Similar to partner Binny, Sachin Bansal is also a new entrant in the billionaire club and was working with Amazon before cofounding Flipkart. He is currently the executive chairman of Flipkart.
After stepping down from the board of Infosys, cofounder K. Dinesh, along with wife Asha, is focusing on philanthropy. They have funded a new cancer center at the Narayana Health Hospital in Mysore.
S. D. Shibulal was one the founders of Infosys. He also serves on board of the Seoul International Business Advisory Council (SIBAC), and the Global Corporate Governance Forum’s Private Sector Advisory Group.