Ratan Tata

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Ratan Tata (2010)

Ratan Naval Tata GBE ( Hindi रतन टाटा Ratan Ṭāṭā ; born December 28, 1937 in Bombay ) is an Indian manager and is, among other things, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Tata Group .

He is not to be confused with Ratan Tata (1871-1918), one of the two sons of the founder of the Tata group Jamshedji Tata and founder of the Sir Ratan Trust. Ratan Naval's father was adopted by Ratan Tata's widow.


Tata was in Mumbai, the son of Naval Hormusji Tata (1904-1989) from the Parsee born industrialist family Tata. Since his father, a senior manager at the Tata Group, was adopted by Ratan Tata's widow, Lady Navabaj Tata, Ratan Tata continues the name of the company's founder. As a result of the early divorce of Naval Hormusji's parents, the latter eventually grew up with Navabaj Tata.

After graduating from Cathedral and John Connon School in Mumbai, Tata studied architecture and civil engineering at Cornell University and graduated in 1962. He also received a degree in management from Harvard Business School in 1975 .

After graduating, he returned to India and started working in his family's business. In 1991, Tata took over the conglomerate Tata Group from his uncle JRD Tata . In the following years, Tata continuously expanded the group and restructured the company. In the international media, Tata became known at the latest with the takeover of the European steel company Corus . In 2008 he took over the ailing automobile company Jaguar Land Rover from Ford before the Exodus.

On December 28, 2012, his 75th birthday, Ratan Tata handed over the management of the Tata Group to billionaire son Cyrus Mistry . For the first time, a man was entrusted with this who did not come from the founder's close family. In October 2016, Mistry was dismissed and Ratan Tata temporarily took over the management of the company again.

Ratan Tata lives childless as a bachelor in Mumbai. He is considered a gentleman with impeccable manners and the highest ethical standards and leads a modest lifestyle for his financial circumstances.

He is a member of the International Advisory Council of Atlantik-Brücke .

Honourings and prices

On January 26, 2000, Tata received the Padma Bhushan from the Indian government . The London School of Economics awarded him an honorary doctorate and Fortune magazine named him one of the 25 Most Influential Entrepreneurs in the World in November 2007. In 2008 he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan . In 2010 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Cambridge .

In 2009, Ratan Tata was named Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II . In 2010 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences . In 2014 he became the first Indian since the founding of the Republic of India in 1950 to be elevated to the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire.


"India Must Think Small To Stay Big."

- Ratan Tata for the introduction of the Tata Nano 2008

Web links

Commons : Ratan Naval Tata  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Biography of Naval Hormusji Tata, pdf ( Memento of the original from September 13, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.tatacentralarchives.com
  2. Oliver Müller: Tata boss: Chairman with charm , Handelsblatt from October 23, 2006
  3. BBC: India's Tata wins race for Corus
  4. Christoph Hein: Ratan Tata: The great old man of the Indian economy resigns from faz.net, December 27, 2012 (accessed on December 28, 2012).
  5. Sandra Petersmann : Ratan Tata leaves after 21 years: The boss of the Tata empire resigns , contribution of the Tagesthemen from December 28, 2012
  6. ^ Tata Sons Board replaces Mr. Cyrus P. Mistry as Chairman, Selection Committee set up for new Chairman tata.com on October 24, 2016, accessed on March 14, 2018.
  7. a b Ratan Tata , Internationales Biographisches Archiv 21/2012 from May 22, 2012, supplemented by news from MA-Journal up to week 46/2012, in the Munzinger archive ( beginning of article freely available)
  8. Time : The Impeccable Mr. Tata , January 10, 2008
  9. ^ Notable recipients of the University of Cambridge
  10. Queen awards first GBE to Indian since 1950 on “Royal Central” from May 6, 2014, accessed on March 14, 2018.