Sunil Bharti Mittal (born October 23, 1957, at Delhi, India), the son of a parliamentarian, is married, and has three children, a daughter and twin sons. Rakesh and Rajan, his brothers, are involved with him in the business. He is the founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Bharti Group, a major telecom group and mobile phone operator in India.
Education & Carrier of Sunil Mittal
Sunil Bharti Mittal graduated from Punjab University and is a former student of Harvard Business School. He received the degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) from the G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, and is also an Honorary Fellow of The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) of India.
Showing interest in business from his teenage days, soon after graduation, he along with his friend, started a small bicycle business in the1970s with borrowed capital. In 1979 he moved to Ludhiana and later to Mumbai. In 1981 he was already managing an import and distribution operation out of Mumbai and New Delhi selling Japanese portable generators. He introduced phones in India with push buttons that he became interested in while on a trip to Taiwan, replacing the rotary phones.
Bharti Telecom Limited (BTL) tied up with Siemens AG of Germany to manufacture electronic push button phones. BTL began manufacturing fax machines in early 1990s as well as cordless phones and other telecom gear. With the market being opened up for mobile phones, Mittal teamed up with Vivendi, the French telecom group. Bharti Cellular Limited (BCL) was established in 1995 and began offering cellular services under the brand name AirTel crossing the 2 million mark.
IndiaOne, another brand of Mittal, brought down the STD/ISD rates. BTL together with Singapore Telecom International launched a $650-million submarine cable project in 2001, India’s first undersea cable link that connects Singapore with Chennai in India.
He also established Bharti Foundation which finances more than 50 schools in Madhya Pradesh. He also donated Rs 200 million to IIT Delhi for establishing a Bharti School of Technology and Management.
Awards/Achievements of Sunil Mittal
GSMA Chairman's Award (2008); Padma Bhushan (2007); Asia Businessman of the Year, Fortune Magazine (2006); Telecom Person of the Year, Voice & Data (2006); CEO of the year (2005); Best Asian Telecom CEO, Telecom Asia Awards (2005); Best CEO, India, Institutional Investor (2005); Business Leader Of The Year, Economic Times (2005); and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year (2004).
IT Man of the Year Award from Dataquest (2002 ); CEO Of the Year 2002 Award from World HRD Congress; Awarded one of the top entrepreneurs in the world for the year 2000; and one amongst the 'Stars Of Asia', by 'Business Week’.
Sunil Bharti Mittal is a Member of National Council of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII); Member, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI); Chairman, Indo-US Joint Business Council; and Member, Advisory Committee constituted by Ministry of IT.