Unknown facts about Anand Mahindra CEO of Mahindra & Mahindra

More than an accomplished entrepreneur, Anand Mahindra, the CEO of Mahindra & Mahindra is an inspiring personality. Mahindra & Mahindra is a leading player in India in the field of manufacturing Utility Vehicles and Tractors and providing a number of Finance and Aftermarket products. Here are a few interesting facts about Anand Mahindra that might be new to you.

Schooling

Anand Mahindra did his schooling at Lawrence School, Lovedale in Ooty, Tamil Nadu. In some of his writings, he mentions that this was a remarkable period in his life.

The biggest ever donation to a foreign establishment

Anand Mahindra donated $10 million to the Harvard Humanities Center. Following his donation, the center was renamed and relaunched as the Mahindra Humanities Center. This is the biggest donation ever made by an individual to an establishment overseas. Anand also co-founded the Harvard Business School Association in India which is committed to promoting the domain of management in India.

Hobbies and interests

He likes sailing, reading and playing tennis. Anand Mahindra is a passionate photographer with a strong liking for films. He listens to the Blues and assisted the idea behind the Mahindra Blues Festival in Mumbai in the year 2011, which became an annual event. In this Asia’s largest two days event organized year on year, renowned Blues musicians from all over the world participate.

New channels to Mahindra Group

Anand Mahindra is the mastermind behind Mahindra Group’s entry into new business domains including real estate and hospitality.

Championed initiatives for a social cause

Started in the year 1996, he championed a project known as Nanhi Kali which provides primary education to disadvantaged girls in India. Till September 2017, the project supported more than 130,000 underprivileged girls from all over the nation. He also provided the major support to a safe drinking water supply project in the country that served over 3 million people across the country in rural areas.

CEO active on social media

He is ranked among the top 30 CEOs on Social Media. Over 7.26 million people follow him on Twitter and Anand Mahindra is known for his interesting tweets.

ARAI president

He is the president of ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India) which is working towards developing safe, less polluting and more efficient vehicles. This body provides support to the vehicle manufacturers in testing, research and development, certification, homologation and framing vehicle regulations.

His net worth

He has a net worth of $1.7 billion as per the figures available in Forbes.

Marriage and children

He is married to Anuradha Mahindra, who is the founder, editor and publisher of the lifestyle magazine Verve. Anand Mahindra has two daughters Aalika and Divya.

Beginnings in the corporate sector

While entering the business in 1981, Mahindra first played the role of the Executive Assistant to the Finance Director of Mahindra Ugine Steel Company (MUSCO), which is the leading producer of specialty steel in India.

Educational accomplishments

Anand Mahindra is a passionate student who has multiple degrees from some of the most prestigious Universities in India. He studied architecture and film making and got his graduation degree with honors from Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1977. He completed his MBA in 1981 from Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts.

Among the richest persons in India

Entering the list of India’s richest businessmen, Anand Bajaj occupies the 88th position on the Forbes list in 2019.


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