In every product we use or every service we take has some role of TATA empire in it. Tata Group is in every domain from watch Titan to Tata Motors to College Institutes like TISS, Yes practically everywhere. Even the rising startups companies have Tata as investors from Ola, UrbanClap! So, here are 25 interesting facts about Tata Group, which would help you to know one of the giants in the world who has played an important role in development of nation!
1.Tata Group was Founded in 1868 by Jamshedji Tata.
2. The entire Tata Group is grounded by 5 core principles-Integrity, Excellence, Unity, Responsibility and Pioneering.
3.Jamshedji Tata founded the company with Tata Mill in Late 1870s in Tata. The company now has existed for over 150 years . With 6 chairpersons over the span of 150 years, among them JRD Tata(1938 – 1991) having longest span is known for the famous airline now, Air India and his successor Ratan Tata(1991 – 2012 and 2016-17) who grew the company worth $100Billion. Company is currently run by Natarajan Chandrasekaran(2017-present).
4.Tata Group gain global recognition when in 2000, it bought Tetley Tea for $450million which was largest overseas acquisitions by an Indian company at that time.
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5.Tata Motors was facing huge lose in 1998 and in 1999 decided to sell Tata’s car business to Ford, but the deal couldn’t take place and it is said Ratan Tata was humiliated for not knowing enough about the car business and just few years later in 2008, Tata bought Ford’s Jaguar and Land Rover and Ford chairperson thanked Ratan Tata!
6.Though the exact number is not known, Tata empire is associated with over 96+ companies, directly owned and partnered with almost 700K employees in India and worldwide work for Tata Groups.
7.Some of famous Tata products are-Fasttrack, tanishq, Tata Salt, Tata Sky, Tata Starbucks(50:50 joint venture company, owned by Starbucks Corporation and Tata Global Beverages), Tata industries, Voltas, Westside to name a few!
8.Tata is a big name in hotel industries as well – Taj Hotels, Ginger hotels, Vivanta by Taj to name a few!
9.Tata even has contributed in education sector with major institutes of India like Indian Institute of Science, Tata Institute of fundamental Research, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Tata memorial centre, JRD Tata Ecotechnology centre, Tata Medical Center.
10.More than 24% of the internet’s traffic goes through TATA’s cables. It is the world’s only wholly owned fiber ring around the world. Tata communication has largest active subscriber across the world, out of every 10 calls, 1 call is owned by Tata communication.
11. Ratan tata was infact adopted by Naval Tata, and was very close to his grandmother Navajbai Tata.
12. Ratan Tata is now 80 years old and has remained unmarried by admitted to coming close to being marriage four times in his life.
13. Leading TCS, bringing Nano are among the achievements of Ratan Tata.
14. Ratan Tata has been recipient of Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan.
15 Ratan Tata was Chairperson of Tata Groups for 21 year from(1991-2012) and was appointed again in 2016-2017 after replacing Cyrus Minstry.
16. Ratan Tata has also made huge investments in about 20 startups in India like PayTm, Ola, Snapdeal, UrbanClap etc which themselves now individually have become billion dollars valued companies.
17.Paytm secured an undisclosed amount of funding from Ratan Tata in March 2015. With the funding, he also took up the role of an advisor for the company.
18. Ola secured funding from Ratan Tata in July 2015. The chairman emeritus of Tata Sons invested in the company in his personal capacity.
Tata’s venture capital firm RNT Capital Advisors also made an investment of Rs 400 crore in Ola a few days back.
19. UrbanClap raised an undisclosed amount in funding from Ratan Tata in December 2015
20.Xiomi – Ratan Tata is the first Indian to buy a stake in Xiaomi! It’s true, even though the amount Tata invested in the Chinese tech giant was not disclosed!
21.Ratan Tata is not listed among Billionaires list by Forbes as TATA Group’s 96 companies are held by its main Company “TATA Sons” and the main owner of this TATA Sons is not Ratan Tata but various charitable organizations developed and run by TATA Group.
22.Tata group donated ₹ 2.20 billion ($50 million) to the Harvard Business School, the largest amount received by the institute from an international donor.
23.Tata Consultancy Services Limited (TCS) designed a software that claims to teach an illiterate person how to read within 40 hours.
24.Tata Trusts, led by Ratan Tata, has pledged Rs 1,000 crore and other resources to help the central government for development of cancer facilities in the nation.
25.Natarajan Chandrasekaran, the new Chairperson of Tata Group and former CEO of TCS is the first person outside India’s affluent Parsi community to be appointed to the post.
So, these were 25 interesting facts about the Tata Empire. Keep on following engineerdiaries-pledged to make India more educated, advanced and aware!