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Indian Business Icons Who are inspiring Indian Youth

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What drama is complete without an absolutely stunning rags to riches story? Well, let us assure you, life is every bit as dramatic as cinema is.Here is the most spectacular stories of people rising from the dust to become the biggest and most influential people of this country.

1. Dhirubhai Ambani, Founder of Reliance Industries

Originally a 'bhajjiya' seller at village fairs, and a part-time gas station employee. Ambani went on to found the Reliance group of companies. By the time he was done, his assets were worth not millions, but billions of dollars.

2. Lakshman Das Mittal, Chairman and Owner of the Sonalika Group

Had ₹5,000 and several small loans to his name when his family went bankrupt.Mittal created a business empire that operates in over 70 nations and made him the 73rd richest person in the world with a turnover of about 650 million dollars.

3. Gautam Adani, Founder and Chairman of the Adani Group

Moved to Mumbai at 18 with only a few hundred rupees in his pocket.Now one of the richest Indians, he founded the Adani Group of Industries that employs over 60,000 people and has assets worth over 40 billion dollars.

4. Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo

Worked night-shifts and as a part-time receptionist to pay for college and even to buy herself a dress for her first job interview. Nooyi rose from her humble beginnings to become the CEO of PepsiCo. Now one of the highest paid women in America, she draws an annual salary of about 18 million dollars.

5. Karsanbhai Patel, Founder of Nirma Group

Born in a family of farmers, he worked as a lab assistant and sold detergent he made at ₹3/kg. Synonymous with washing powder itself, Nirma was the product of Patel's genius. A company he founded, gave employment to over 18,000 people and was worth over ₹7,000 crores.

6. Dharampal Gulati, Founder of MDH spices

Used to drove a tonga in Delhi and started his business small. Literally, out of a 14ft. x 9ft. shop in Karol Bagh. MDH, the company that crowned him the 'Masala King', His renowned company now exports to the U.S.A, Canada, U.K and Europe.

7. Dilip Shanghvi, Founder of Sun Pharmaceuticals

Born in a middle-class family, Shanghvi worked as a medical drugs' distributor before starting his company with a mere ₹10,000. Now the founder of Sun Pharmaceuticals and one of the richest Indians in the world, he has over 30,000 people working under him.

8. Anil Agrawal, Founder and Chairman of Sterlite Industries and Vedanta Resources

After he left Patna at 19, he began working as a scrap dealer to sustain himself in Mumbai.His business has a net worth of 3 billion dollars and not only has the man created a wave around the world with his business, but he also donates a majority of his earnings to charitable causes.

9. Nitin Shah, Owner of Nitin Fire Protection

Once a worker at a friend's automobile garage, he started out with a loan of ₹500 and when he couldn't afford to buy equipment. Now the owner of Nitin Fire Protection, he creates an annual revenue of about ₹1,000 crores.

10. Patricia Narayan, Owner of the Snadheepa chain of restaurants

A victim of domestic violence, she left her husband and took her two children with her at 20, and made a living by selling homemade pickles, jams etc. Now the owner of a spectacularly successful chain of restaurants in Chennai, she earns about ₹2 lakhs a day.

11. Capt. Gorur Ramaswamy Iyengar Gopinath, Founder of Air Deccan

Born to a school teacher in Karnataka, Capt. Gopinath was an officer of the Indian Army and tried several different business ventures to begin with. However, he finally found his calling the aviation industry when he founded India's first low-cost airline - Air Deccan.

12. N. R. Narayana Murthy, Founder of Infosys

Starting his career at an obscure Patni Computer Systems, he had to rely on his wife's savings of ₹10,000 to start out. He did go on to become the man who transformed the Indian IT industry with his company, Infosys that is now worth over a billion dollars.

posted Mar 7, 2016 by Ananya Saha

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 Famous Quotes by Albert Einstein

“I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself.” 

“Compound interest is the most powerful force in the universe.” 

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” 

“The creative principle [of science] resides in mathematics.” 

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.”

“You'll just never many emotions I choose not to show..”

“I see a clock, but I cannot envision the clockmaker. The human mind is unable to conceive of the four dimensions, so how can it conceive of a God before whom a thousand years and a thousand dimensions are as one? Cosmic” 

“one who has come to this country as a mature person may have a keen eye for everything peculiar and characteristic. I believe he should speak out freely on what he sees and feels, for by so doing he may perhaps prove himself useful.” 

“As far as our propositions are certain, they do not say anything about reality, and as far as they do say anything about reality, they are not

“We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

“imagination is more important than knowledge” 

“The masses are never militaristic until their minds are poisoned by propaganda.” 

“In every true searcher of Nature
there is a kind of religious reverence” 

“be the best loved who have contributed most to” 

“Reading after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits” 

“the payment of the worker is not determined by the value of his product.” 

“He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed”

“Does there truly exist an insuperable contradiction between religion and science? Can religion be superseded by science?” 

“I do not believe that a man should be restrained in his daily actions by being afraid of punishment after death or that he should do things only because in this way he will be rewarded after he dies.” 

“The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don't know” 

“Man can find meaning in life, short and perilous as it is, only through devoting himself to society.” 

“Every theory is killed sooner or later in that way. But if the theory has good in it, that good is embodied and continued in the next theory.”

“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library” 

“True human progress is based less on the inventive mind than on the conscience of such men as Brandeis”

“Fantasy is way more important than knowledge because knowledge is limited.” 

“People like you and me, though mortal, of course, like everyone else, do not grow old no matter how long we live. What I mean is that we never cease to stand like curious children before the great Mystery into which we are born.” 

“If you can't do respect for yours, you can't do for others.”

“A life directed chiefly toward the fulfillment of personal desires will sooner or later always lead to bitter disappointment.”

“For there is much truth in the saying that it is easy to give just and wise counsel—to others!—but hard to act justly and wisely for oneself.”

“True genius never says he know what he is doing” 

“The single most important decision any of us will ever make is whether or not to believe the universe is friendly.” 

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“It is difficult to say what truth is, but sometimes it is so easy to recognize a falsehood.”

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“A man's value to the community depends primarily on how far his feelings, thoughts, and actions are directed towards promoting the good of his fellows.” 

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order of events by which we measure it.” 

“Don't listen to their words, fix your attention on their deeds.” 

“Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.” 

“There can be no positive result through negative attitude. Think positive. Live positive.”

“Scientists investigate that which already is; engineers create that which has never been.” 

“A man must learn to understand the motives of human beings, their illusions, and their sufferings.”

“Beware of flatterers, especially when they come preaching hatred.”

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“Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act, and in that action are the seeds of new knowledge.” 

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“Look to the stars and from them learn.” 

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Walt Disney was an American animator, entrepreneur, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons.

As a film producer, Disney holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual, having won 22 Oscars from 59 nominations. He was presented with two Golden Globe Special Achievement Awards and an Emmy Award, among other honors.

Quotes By Walt Disney ””.

If you can dream it, you can do it.

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1. JACK MA’S LIFE IS FULL OF FAILURES -- When he applied for admission to the Hangzhou Teacher’s Institute (now Hangzhou Normal University), Ma failed the college entrance exam twice. He eventually graduated in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in English.

By 1995, he decided teaching wasn’t for him, so he decided to try his hand at business. Around this time, he even applied to a job at KFC in Hangzhou, only to be rejected. Ma also started a translation company, and on a trip to Seattle, he discovered the internet, inspiring him to start his first legit business, China Yellow Pages. While it is regarded as China’s first internet-based company, China Yellow Pages was also a failure.

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2.  His First Salary was just 12-15 USD per month -- At the University where he taught English, he was the only teacher assigned to 500 students. His pay was 100 to 120 Renminbi, which is around $12 to $15 per month. Before moving on, he taught there for 5 years.

3. He used to guide tourists for free for 8 years and that’s how he learned speaking English fluently -- When Jack was 12 years old, he grew a strong desire to learn English. He’d guide tourists from foreign countries for free and learn English by conversing with them. It went on like this for 8 years.

4. This is why Jack chose the name ‘Alibaba’ -- Jack was always clear that he wanted to take his company to the global level and that’s why he wanted a global name. Alibaba is easy to spell, and people everywhere associate that with “Open, Sesame,” the command that Ali Baba used to open doors to hidden treasures in One Thousand and One Nights.

5. Forest Gump is his lifelong hero.-- Every time he gets stressed out, he watches the movie again. What does Ma get from Forest Gump? “No matter whatever changed, you are you.”

6. Products from China do not hold a high reputation in much of the world. Due to this among other factors, the US government had listed Ma’s website, as a “notorious market” for some time. This is defined as a company that does not follow US government copyrights and business regulations. 

7. In January of 2013, Jack Ma announced his unexpected resignation as CEO of Alibaba Group in May of the same year. He stated that he would still be working for the company as Executive Chairman, saying he was too old for the Internet now. His resignation has raised many questions regarding his health and the real reason he has decided to retire at the young age of 48.