Ratan Tata, on his 86th birthday today, reflects on nearly tying the knot four times in the past, yet remaining unmarried. Despite this, his current net worth stands significantly high.

Ratan Naval Tata, revered by India’s middle class, celebrates his 86th birthday today. Often synonymous with India’s fashion, lifestyle, and automotive preferences, Tata’s influence remains significant. Despite not leading the Tata conglomerate presently, his vast knowledge and stewardship of the renowned business group are undeniable.

Alongside his business acumen, Ratan Tata is renowned for his philanthropic endeavors. Born on November 28, 1937, he was raised by his grandmother after his parents’ separation in 1948. Notably, he is the great-grandson of Jamsetji Tata, the visionary founder of the Tata Group.

At the age of ten, Ratan Tata’s parents went separate ways. He attended Champion School until the 8th grade and pursued education at Mumbai’s Cathedral and John Connon School, later also studying at Bishop Cotton School in Shimla. His academic journey led him to study architecture at Cornell University and gain work experience at John & Emmons in Los Angeles before returning to India in 1962.

RATAN TATA That same year, he joined Tata Steel Division in Jamshedpur, commencing his journey within the Tata Group. Additionally, in 1975, he completed a management course at Harvard. His ascent within the company culminated in his appointment as Chairman of the Tata Group in 1991.

However, all four relationships ended for various reasons. It came to light that during his time in Los Angeles, Ratan Tata was in love with a woman. Unfortunately, due to the Indo-China war of 1962, her parents opposed her moving to India, leading to the demise of their relationship.

Under Ratan Tata’s leadership, the Tata Group has gained global prominence, marked by strategic mergers with Corus, Jaguar Land Rover, and Tetley. Additionally, he transformed TCS into a public company in 2004. With assets worth 3800 crores, Ratan Tata holds the 421st position on the Hurun India Rich List.

At the same time, Tata Trusts contributes 66 percent of its earnings to charitable causes. Without these donations, Tata would rank among the top two in terms of wealth. The Tata conglomerate encompasses 29 public companies, collectively valued at 24 trillion rupees in the market.

The Tata family oversees India’s oldest charitable trust. Ratan Tata had previously pledged to introduce the nation’s most affordable car. While the Nano car didn’t fulfill that promise at the price of Rs 1 lakh, it still stands as a testament to Tata’s commitment.