Anil Agarwal

Founder & Chairman, Vedanta Resources

Mr. Anil Agarwal founded the Group in 1979 and is the Executive Chairman of Vedanta Resources Plc, a London-listed company, which, in the last decade has grown from a Company with revenue of $1 billion to revenue of $13 billion. In the last 10 years, the group has invested over US $ 20 billion in India on organic growth projects. The Group, as one of the largest contributors to the Indian exchequer contributes significantly annually by way of taxes and royalties. Mr. Agarwal has over 40 years of entrepreneurial and business experience. He shaped the Group’s strategic vision and now plays the role of chief mentor to a talent pool of over 88,000 direct and indirect employees. Under his leadership, the Group has achieved tremendous growth both organically and through value-generating merger and acquisitions, creating a world-class diversified portfolio of large structurally low-cost assets generating strong cash flow. The Chairman chooses to focus on Sustainable Development to ensure the development of the communities in the locations of Vedanta’s operations. He initiated the creation of the philanthropic arm of the group in 1992, the Vedanta Foundation with the deep-seated belief that companies have a responsibility to contribute substantially to the welfare of the community that has allowed them to grow and prosper. In FY 2014, the Vedanta group companies and the Vedanta foundation invested, across the world, US$49.0 million for building hospitals, schools and infrastructure, conserving the environment and providing community programs which improve health, education and livelihood of over 4.1 million people. The initiatives were undertaken in partnership with the government and NGO and abide to Anil Agarwal’s personal favorite philosophy – “Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.” – Nelson Mandela. Anil Agarwal lives in London and is married, with two children