Adi Burjorji Godrej is the chairman of the Godrej Groupwhich includes many Indian companies and the head of the Godrej familyalong withthe Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the DadabhaiNaoroji Memorial Prize Fund.He is also the Chairman of 2 international companies i.e. Keyline Brands in U.K and Rapidol in South Africa. He is known for one of the richest people in the world with a net worth of $ 4 billion and also one of the richest people in India. He was also the former Chairman and President of the Solvent Extractors Association of India, the Compound Livestock Feeds Manufacturers Association, the Indo-American Society of the Indian Soap & Toiletries Makers Association and the Central Organization for Oil Industry and Trade
Adi was born on 3rd April 1942. Though he was interested inmechanical engineering, he was enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in USA by studying Management in the Sloan School.Aftergraduation, he joined The Godrej Group which is the family business started more than a century ago. The Godrej Group is headquartered in Mumbai. It was founded by Ardeshir Godrej and Pirojsha Godrej in 1897 operating in real estate, consumer products, industrial engineering, appliances, furniture, security and agricultural products.He was the first graduate to join the company. It manufactured the locks and vegetable based soaps. The flagship brands were Goodnight, Cinthol and Ezee.
For him the change in the new business processes was disruptive and threatening. He maintained a middle class core values in the company.When Adi joined the group, it was challenging for him for modernizing the management structures. This has led to the progress and growth of the Godrej Group. As a businessman he took special interestin technology which benefited his business. Under Adi, the Godrej Group has been involved in many social activities. Schools, dispensaries and complexes were built for all the employees. Many foundations were invested in education, health care for the underprivileged. Nurseries and gardens were also built for the nature. Godrej is major supporter of the World Wildlife Fund in India. He introduced the business campus in Vikhroli, Mumbai which included mangrove forest for wildlife as well as school.
Under his leadership, the Group kept overhauling growth targets by reaching great heights of success. He took part in various industriesby leading the trade and commerce organizations. He is one of the successful entrepreneurs. He married Parmeshwar Godrej who was a philanthropist and has three children.
-Adi is considered to be one of the top business icons of the Indian Industry. He is a recipient of several awards:
In 2002, he received the Rajiv Gandhi Award.
-He was a member of the Governing Board of the ‘National Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry’.
Under the leadership of Adi:
-Godrej was ranked 14th in The Best Companies to Work For and ranked 6th in ET-Hewitt Best Employers of India.
The group was conferred with The Corporate Citizen of the Year by Economic Times. It also received Lifetime Achievement Award from CHEMEX Council.