Sunil Mittal - India's Most Ambitious Businessman

Sunil Mittal - India's Most Ambitious Businessman

Sunil Bharti Mittal


“We are not in the business of iron ore. Whatever captive iron ore sources we have, we use it to make steel.”

Sunil Mittal is the Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Bharti Enterprises. He is the most ambitious businessman in India.

Family and Childhood

Sunil was born to Sat Paul Mittal, a politican with the INC (Indian National Congress) and his wife in Ludhiana, Punjab. 


He started his education in Mussoorie inn the Wynberg Allen School, but he later transferred to Scindia School in Gwalior. He graduated from Panjab University from the Arya college in Ludhiana. 

Early Career

sunil mittal young

Sunil went to Mumbai and started import and export business in the year 1981. In just a year gap, he established the business and sold portable generators that were imported from Suzuki Motors in Japan. This import business made him confident in advertising and marketing as well. In 1983, the government banned the import of portable generators from outside the country. This made Sunil rethink about his business. He decided to introduce push button phones in India. And in the year 1985, the old bulky phones got replaced with the new push button phones. This was the stepping stone for the foundation of Bharti Telecom Limited. They started manufacturing under the brand name Beetel and became a household name in the early '90s.

started a full-fledged business

Career Break

Bharti Telecom Limited incorporated with Seimens of Germany to create electronic push button phones. Soon, Mittal made a mark in the field of telecommunication by making fax machines, cordless phones and answering machines.

Formed Bharti Cellular Limited in 1995

The Indian government got the licenses for mobile phone services in the year 1992. This was the turning point in Mittal’s career. According to some condition of licensing, Mittal was able to get the license of making mobile phones in the country. After few years, Bharti Cellular Limited was formed and it offered mobile phone services under the brand name, Airtel. In a span of a few years, Bharti group became the largest mobile service provider of India. It is the Bharti group that brought down the high STD and ISD rates in the country.

Sunil Bharti Mittal with Barack Obama

Sunil Bharti Mittal with Barack Obama

The group introduced India’s first long distance service called India One.As it stands now, he is the Chairman and Group CEO of Bharti Enterprises.

Personal Life

Sunil Bharti Mittal with his Family

Sunil Mittal is married to Nyna Mittal and has tree children, one daughter and twin sons.Mittal has a deep passion for his work. In spite of this fact, he is a very calm and down to earth person. He practices Yoga in the morning and this gives him the power to think confidently. He thanks his family for all the support and love they gave him all through his life.Mittal always dreams big, but executes each step very slowly and efficiently. He trusts his work and this is the reason for all his success in his life. The main mantra of his life is to take risks and to stay mentally alert.


kalam mittal

Sunil Mittal Receiving Padma Bhushan From Abdul Kalam

He is a notable alumnus of Harvard Business achool and is also on the Board of Harvard University's Global Advisory Council. Additionally he is a Board member of Harvard Business School and the Governing Board of the Indian School of Business. He is also a Trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a Member of the Board of Directors of  Qatar Foundation Endowment.

Philanthropic works

Sunil Mittal believes in giving back to the soceity. He has been working towards educating India thought the Bharti Foundation. The foundation runs over 250 schools in poor impoverished regions of the country and offer free books, uniforms, meals to the students.


Honoris Causa Doctorate of Sciences (D.Sc.) Degree Amity University Gurgaon
INSEAD Business Leader Award
Philanthropist of the Year, The Asian
GSMA Chairman, GSM Association Chairman
Padma Bhushan
Padma Bhushan
Asia Businessman of the Year, Telecom Person of the Year, Frost and Sullivan Asia Pacific ICT
Telecom Asia, Best Asian Telecom CEO, Business Leader of The Year

Sunil Bharti Mittal on Entrepreneurship

Full Name :
Sunil Bharti Mittal
Born :
23rd-Oct -1957
Zodiac Sign :
Birth Place :
Education :
Harvard Business School Boston,
Thapar University Patiala,
Panjab University Chandigarh,
Harvard University Cambridge
Occupation :
Entrepreneur , CEO
Industry :
Networth :
$7.8 Billion

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