The 71-year-old head of the Tata Group—conglomerate with interests in everything from tea to steel—is India’s best brand ambassador. His 2007 acquisition of Anglo-Dutch steel maker Corus and auto brands Jaguar, Land Rover signaled global ambitions. In 2008, made automotive history debuting $2,500 Tata Nano, the world’s cheapest auto. Calls Nano “The People’s Car”; in nation of a billion, environmentalists call it eco-disaster.
Ratan Naval Tata (born December 28, 1937, in Mumbai) is the present Chairman of the Tata Group, India’s largest conglomerate founded by Jamsedji Tata and consolidated and expanded by later generations of his family. He is also the chairman of major Tata companies such as Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tata Power, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Tea, Tata Chemicals, The Indian Hotels Company and Tata Teleservices.