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Sunil Bharti Mittal [Oct 23, 1957-Till Present]


October 23, 1957 [Ludhiana, Punjab]


Nyna Mittal


Kavin Mittal, Eiesha Mittal, Shravin Mittal


Graduated in 1976 from Punjab University, Chandigarh, with a Bachelor of Arts and Science for which he studied in Arya College for Boys, a local college in Ludhiana.

Awards & Recognition:
--> Transforming India Leader, NDTV Business Leader Awards.
--> GSMA Chairman's Award.
--> Padma Bhushan in 2007, from the President of India.
--> Asia Businessman of the Year, Fortune Magazine 2006.
--> Telecom Person of the Year, Voice & Data, 2006.
--> CEO of the year 2005, at the Frost and Sullivan Asia Pacific ICT awards 2006.
--> Best Asian Telecom CEO, Telecom Asia Awards 2005.
--> Best CEO, India, Institutional Investor, 2005.
--> Business Leader Of The Year, Economic Times, 2005.
--> Philanthropist of the Year Award 2010 at The Asian Awards.
--> INSEAD Business Leader Award 2011.

Sunil Bharti Mittal is the Founder, Chairman and Group CEO of Bharti Enterprises and the Chairman of Bharti Airtel. Bharti Enterprises is one of India’s leading business groups with interests in telecom, retail, realty, financial services and agri-products. Bharti Airtel is the flagship company of Bharti Enterprises, which is among the leading global telecom company with operations in India, South-Asia and Africa. Bharti has joint ventures with several global leaders: Singtel, Wal-Mart, AXA and Del Monte.


--> Sunil Bharti Mittal's father (Mr. Sat Pal Maittal) was an M.P. Sunil did not followed his father's footsteps. After graduating from Punjab University in 1970s, he set up a small bicycle business in Ludhiana in partnership with his friend. By 1979, Sunil Mittal realized that his ambitions could not be fulfilled in Ludhiana, so he moved out to Mumbai from Ludhiana.
--> He spent a few years in Mumbai and in 1982, Sunil Mittal started a full-fledged business selling portable generators imported from Japan. This gave him a chance to acquaint himself with the nitty-gritty's of marketing and advertising. His business was running smoothly but later on the government banned the import of generators as two Indian companies were awarded licenses to manufacture generators locally.
--> In 1986, Sunil Bharti Mittal incorporated Bharti Telecom Limited (BTL) and entered into a technical tie up with Siemens AG of Germany for manufacture of electronic push button phones. Gradually he expanded his business and by early 1990s, Sunil Mittal was making fax machines, cordless phones and other telecom gear.
--> In 1992, when the Indian government was awarding licenses for mobile phone services for the first time, Sunil Mittal clinched Delhi cellular license in collaboration with French telecom group Vivendi. In 1995, Sunil Mittal founded Bharti Cellular Limited (BCL) to offer cellular services under the brand name AirTel. Soon, Bharti became the first telecom company to cross the 2-million mobile subscriber mark. Bharti Cellular Limited also rolled out India's first private national as well as international long-distance service under the brand name IndiaOne. In 2001, BCL entered into a joint venture with Singapore Telecom International for a $650-million submarine cable project, India's first ever undersea cable link connecting Chennai in India and Singapore.