Azim Premji: The man, businessman and philanthropist
On 24 July this year, the 75th birthday of Wipro’s former chairman, Azim Premji, HarperCollins India announced that it will be publishing the first authoritative biography of the business icon, also known as the czar of the Indian IT industry. Wipro, founded in 1945, also completes 75 years in December. Titled Azim Premji: The Man Beyond the Billions, this book by Sundeep Khanna and Varun Sood argues that Premji was a philanthropist at heart and a businessman by choice – a man who wanted to give away his billions but realized early enough that he would first have to earn them. It peels the layers off Premji’s life while chronicling his professional and charitable work in the context of the many facets of his personality. Based on interviews with hundreds of executives who have over the years worked closely with him as well as with competitors, analysts, family friends and industry associates, this is an account of Premji, the man, the businessman and the philanthropist.