Educating girls, providing drinking water and supporting local farmers are just a few causes chairman of Mumbai Business conglomerate, Anand Mahindra has donated millions of dollars to support over the years.
The conglomerate he chairs, Mahindra Group, operates across 20 industries — from aerospace to agriculture. Today, the Mahindra Group is a $ 16.2 billion organization and one of India’s top 10 industrial houses.
Anand is the third generation heir of the Mahindra clan — he is the grandson of Jagdish Chandra Mahindra, co-founder of the Mahindra Group and often praised for reinforcing a policy of integrity in a notoriously corrupt environment.
As of September 2017, his net worth is estimated to be $1.55 billion.
An alumnus of Harvard University and Harvard Business School and a fierce advocate of the study of humanities, he donated $10 million to support the Harvard Humanities Center. Consequently, the centre was renamed the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard.
In 1996, Anand founded Nanhi Kali, an NGO that aims to provide primary education to underprivileged girls in India. As of September 2017, the project has supported 130,000 underprivileged girls.
In 1998 he set up the Naandi Foundation, an Indian charitable trust that works towards the socio-economic development of India. As chair of the foundation, Anand has sought collaboration with a number of social enterprises, including a joint venture with Danone Communities that builds clean drinking water centres across India and a tech platform — backed by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation— that supports children in inner-city slums with after-school support.
The foundation also helps local tribespeople to regenerate their communities through organic coffee production and reforestation projects. Today they reach over 100,000 people in 300 communities.
In 2014 he was included in Fortune Magazine as one of their ‘World’s 50 Greatest Leaders‘ and featured in the magazine’s 2011 list of Asia’s 25 most powerful business people. Anand was also selected by Forbes (India) as their ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ for 2013.