25 November, 2020

J.R.D. Tata (1904-1993) Tata Group

JRD started with 14 firms in the Tata Group. When he left in 1988, it had 95, many of which he founded. He was also the progenitor of commercial flights in India.

Photograph by Tata Central Archives
J.R.D. Tata (1904-1993) Tata Group
  • J.R.D. Tata took the group’s assets from $100 million to $5 billion


This is about an Indian business icon whose aura transcends business. He took over the reins of India’s largest conglomerate at 34 and transformed it into one of India’s most successful corporate groups, taking its assets from $100 million to $5 billion.

Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata, better known as JRD, was one of India’s foremost and finest business leaders who has the dis­­­t­­inction of expanding Tata Sons into India’s largest corporate institution and creating some of the most successful companies that have stood the test of time.

Born in Paris in 1904, JRD did his initial schooling from Janson De Sailly and later went to Cathedral and John Connon School in Mumbai. He was educated in France, Japan and England before being drafted into the French army for a mandatory one-year period. In 1929, he took Indian citizenship and received his flying licence in the same year, making him the...



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