The Piramal Group, a business conglomerate with interests in pharmaceuticals, packaging, financial services, and real estate, is headed by Ajay Piramal. There are 100 countries where The Piramal Group operates. Ajay started the family’s textile business before switching to the pharmaceutical industry. The Piramal Group developed into a textile-centric company under his direction. Along with Piramal Enterprises Ltd, Piramal Life Sciences Limited, Allergan India Limited, Indiareit Fund Advisors Pvt Ltd, Piramal Glass Ltd, and IndiaVenture Advisors Pvt Ltd, and PiramalSunteck Realty Pvt Ltd, he serves as the Director for the State Bank of India and as the Dean’s advisor at Harvard Business School. He is the IIT Indore Board of Governors’ Chairman.

NameAjay Gopikisan Piramal-The Chairman of the Piramal Group
Born3 August 1955
EducationUniversity of Mumbai
SpouseSwati shah Piramal

He bought Nicholas Laboratories, which was an Australian multinational corporation in 1988. The company is also held overseas. The Crossroads, Mumbai’s first significant shopping mall, was also built by him. He founded the Piramal Foundation, which provides creative answers to problems relating to healthcare, education, access to water, and women’s empowerment. This has improved access to primary healthcare in government schools for millions of people, improving livelihood opportunities for rural women.

Early Life:

Ajay was conceived on August 3rd, 1955. He received his degree in science from Bombay University. He graduated from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies with a B.Sc. (Hons.) and an M.S. in Management Studies. He also attended the USA’s Harvard Business School to complete the Advanced Management Program. He is married to Piramal Enterprises Ltd. vice chairwoman, Swati Piramal. In the hill town of Mahabaleshwar, they converted a mansion. It belonged to Sangli’s former king. One of India’s top industrialists and scientists is Dr. Swati Piramal. She is active in innovation and public health.


One of India’s most prominent philanthropists and social entrepreneurs is Ajay. He belonged to the biggest NGO in India. Millions of Indian children’s education began with the launch of the “Read India” campaign. Pratham was initially founded in 1995 as a public charitable trust by the Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, UNICEF, and several well-known citizens of the nation. It offers education to kids living in Mumbai’s slums.

He is passionate about photographing wildlife. He wrote two books as well. He co-authored “Light has come to me,” a book about management lessons drawn from The Bhagwad Gita, among other things. Another was in the dance opera “The Dance of Life,” which features tales based on the lives of Indian scientists Mrinalini and Mallika Sarabhai.


  • He was given the World Strategy Forum’s CEO of the Year Award in 1999.
  • He received the Four Way Test Award in 2001.
  • In the category of Healthcare & Life Sciences, he received Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2004.
  • He won the UK Trade & Investment Council’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2006.
  • He received the India Innovator of the Year award from CNBC TV in 2008.
  • He received the Kriyasheel Global Achievers Award in 2010.

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