The world looks best in a portrait mode. So does our website :) Please tilt and enjoy the experience.
to give you a better experience. By using our website you agree to our policies.
From visionary founder, Jamsetji Tata, to his nephew JRD Tata—these are the Tata group's earliest pioneers.
There is a difference between making money for oneself and creating wealth for others. This is the story of a business house that has created wealth for a nation. It is a story of struggle, anxiety, adventure and achievement. This is the story of our pioneers.
Jamsetji Tata was the group's visionary founder
Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata
The Founder of the Tata group began with a textile mill in central India in the 1870s. His powerful vision inspired the steel and power industries in India, set the foundation for technical education, and helped the country leapfrog from backwardness to the ranks of industrialised nations.
Jamsetji's son, Dorab, ensured his father's dreams came to fruition
Sir Dorabji Tata
Through his endeavours in setting up Tata Steel and Tata Power, this elder son of Jamsetji Tata was instrumental in transforming his father's grand vision into reality. It was also under his leadership that the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, the premier charitable endowment of the Tatas, was created, propelling the Tata tradition of philanthropy.
Sir Ratan Tata was a philanthropist all his life
Sir Ratan Tata
Jamsetji Tata's younger son was sensitive to the struggles of ordinary people and had a desire to utilise his considerable wealth to enhance the quality of public life. A philanthropist, he created a trust fund for "the advancement of learning and for the relief of human suffering and other works of public utility."
Sir Nowroji Saklatvala propagated employee welfare during his time as Chairman
Sir Nowroji Saklatvala
Sir Nowroji Saklatvala became chairman of the Tata group in 1932, succeeding Sir Dorabji Tata. A keen sportsman and a trusted lieutenant to Sir Dorabji, Sir Nowroji was known for his vision and the desire to place employee welfare over everything else.
Naval Tata was passionate about sports and labour relations
Naval Tata's many contributions in the fields of business, sports administration and labour relations symbolised all that is best in the Tata spirit of giving back to society and the communities in which its enterprises grow.
JRD Tata led the Tata group for over half a century
Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata
The late chairman of the Tata Group pioneered civil aviation on the subcontinent in 1932 by launching the airline now known as Air India. That was the first of many path-breaking achievements that JRD, who guided the destiny of the Group for more than half a century, came to be remembered for.
RNT ushered in an era of bold global acquisitions and expansion for the group
Ratan Naval Tata
Ratan Tata assumed Chairmanship in a time when the Indian economy was opening up, and seized the opportunities that arose from the death of the ‘Licence Raj’. He made the group more cohesive, and took it to foreign shores. RNT introduced fresh thinking, fostered innovation, and sparked in his charges an appetite for calculated risk-taking.