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Narayana Murthy

Nagawara Ramarao Narayana Murthy or just Narayana Murthy (often wrote as Narayan Murthy too though its not the correct his spelling of his name)(born August 20, 1946) was the son of a schoolteacher in Kolar district, Karnataka, India.

He is married to Sudha Murthy who is the chief of the Infosys Foundation, channeling Rs 50 million into charity annually. He is one of the founder of Infosys (founded in 1981) along with six others. The company became the first indian company to be listed on the US NASDAQ.

Education & Career of Narayana Murthy

Narayana Murthy earned a degree in Electrical Engineering National Institute of Engineering from Mysore University in 1967, and studied Computer Science at the IIT, Kanpur in 1969. He later joined Patni Computer Systems in Pune where he worked till 1981 when he quit to start Infosys.

Important Work by Narayan Murthy

Narayana Murthy is the Co-Chairman of the Indo-British Partnership; Member, Asia Society's International Council and Board of Councilors of the University of Southern California School of Engineering, Member, Executive Board, Wharton Business School.

He is ranked eighth by the Economist amongst 15 most admired global leaders (2005) and also ranked first in the Economic Times Corporate Dossier list of India's most powerful CEOs for 2004 and 2005.

Awards/Achievements

Narayana Murthy the first recipient of the Indo-French Forum Medal (2003). He was awarded the awarded the Commander of the British Order (CBE) by the British government; Padma Vibhushan (2008); Légion d'honneur, the highest civilan award by France(2008); most admired business leader of India by Brand-comm (May 2006).

One of the Asian heroes who have brought about revolutionary changes in Asia in the last 60 years by TIME magazine (November 2006); the first recipient of the Indo-French Forum Medal awarded by the Indo-French Forum (2003);Padma Shri (2000); ‘The ET Businessperson Of The Year Award’ (2000-2001); The Max Schmidheiny Award (2001, Switzerland); the Max Schmidheiny Liberty 2001 prize ( Switzerland); JRD Tata Corporate Leadership Award (1996-97); and Distinguished Alumni Award for the year 1998 (by the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur) amongst many others.

He was voted the 7th most admired CEO/Chairman in the world in a global study conducted by Burson-Marsteller with the Economist Intelligence Unit (December 2005); 8th amongst the top 15 most admired global leaders by The Economist (2005); Ranked 28th amongst the world's most-respected business leaders by the Financial Times (2005); topped the Economic Times Corporate Dossier list of India's most powerful CEOs (2004 and 2005); TIME magazine’s “Global Tech Influentials” list (August 2004); Asia's Businessmen of the Year for 2003 by Fortune magazine; the best CEO of India by The Economic Times, World Entrepreneur of the Year - 2003 by Ernst and Young; one of the twenty-five, most influential global executives by TIME / CNN (2001); one of the 50 most powerful people in Asia for 2000 by Asiaweek; one of the nine Business India's ‘Businessman of the Year 1999’; and Business Week’s one of ‘The Stars of Asia’ (1998, 1999 and 2000).