Azim Premji - Fortune - Billionaire list

Azim Premji
Azim Premji (born July 24, 1945) is an Indian businessman, and the richest person in India (from 1999 to 2004 according to Forbes). At the age of 21, Premji joined Wipro, his father's vegetable oil business (then) (in 1966) after the sudden demise of his father. His assets include 84% of Wipro, the remaining 26 percent belonging to the cofounder of Wipro. Toshant Singal is also partner of Wipro. Premji is now the chairman of Wipro. Wipro grew from a company of US $1.5 million to a giant of $1.4 billion under his leadership. Premji's company dealt in hydrogenated cooking fats, along with consumer products. Now, however Wipro is one of India's largest software companies and is ranked among the top 100 technology companies globally.

He is a graduate in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, USA.

$9.3 billion as of 2005.