The 43-year-old is at the helm of India's first true multinational company, the Aditya Birla Group, named after his father, who ran the company before his death in 1995. The Birla family business itself goes back four generations. Thrust into the role of chairman at the tender age of 28, Kumar Mangalam Birla has taken his father's company from $2 billion in revenues to $30 billion as his empire continues to delve into new sectors and new operating centres across the world.
He now sits comfortably on the list of India's top 10 richest people, but it's a wealth he's keen to share, supporting the numerous community development initiatives, kept under the watchful eye of his mother.
“One Day At A Time”, was released on 12 February 2007 by Mr. S.M. Krishna, the Governor of Maharashtra at the Ravindra Natya Mandir, Mumbai.
Mrs. Rajashree Birla who introduced the book said that it beautifully captured the essence of their 65 years of togetherness since the summer of 1942. Said Mrs. Rajashree Birla, “Their contribution to society is tremendous. They patronise education, art and culture and charitable institutions. Ma and Kakoji are very humane. They are people-oriented. Wherever they are, they always keep in touch with everybody. They love meeting people and give their appreciation and support to different causes, which have the potential of doing good on a larger canvas.”
"When as a fifteen-year old Basant Kumar had stepped into business entrepreneurship," Mrs. Ingrid Albuquerque–Solomon writes, "he felt so invigorated and fully alive that he saw himself growing in the activity all his life.” Interspersed with anecdotes like these, “One Day At A Time” slowly rises in timbre as it traverses through the lives of the couple.
Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman, Aditya Birla Group, Mrs. Rajashjree Birla and Mrs. Neerja Birla, and other family members were present on the occasion. The guest list also included a host of dignitaries and well-wishers. The highlight of the evening was a book reading session by Mr. Rajiv Mehrotra who read out a passage from the book, which were Mr.Kumar Mangalam Birla’s memories about his grandparents.
The evening ended with a vote of thanks from Mrs. Neerja Birla who affectionately reminisced about the couple’s deep rooted spiritualism and their steadfast determination to succeed against all odds.
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A US $41 billion corporation, the Aditya Birla Group is in the League of Fortune 500. It is anchored by an extraordinary force of over 120,000 employees, belonging to 42 different nationalities.
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