Monday, July 2, 2007

Premji among top 30 entrepreneurs

Azim Premji,Wipro chief and Bangladesh's micro-credit leader and Nobel Prize winner Mohammad Yunus are among the all time top 30 entrepreneurs identified by leading business magazine BusinessWeek.

The modern heroes find themselves in the illustrious company of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Henry Ford, Benjamin Franklin, John D Rockefeller, Thomas Edison and Michael Dell.

The 30 selected include a Ming dynasty explorer Zheng, who lived 15th century to fast food titans to contemporary computer whizzes.

Among them are Mayer Amschel Rothschild, John Jacob Astor, Milton Hershey, W K Kellogg, Joseph Horn and Frank Hardart Ray Kroc, Madam C J Walker, Estie Lauder, Ernest Gallo, Thomas Watson Sr, Thomas Watson Jr, Sam Walton Earl Graves Andy Grove, Ralph Lauren, Martha Stewart, Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Bezos and and Pierre Omidyar.

The write up about Premji speaks of his business acumen which enabled him to turn the struggling business he inherited from his father at the age of 21 into a leading IT company in India and growing player in the global market.

Premji built, the magazine notes, became a leading IT company as the industry was growing and he expanded into the global market by adhering to rigorous standards.
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