Accounts training is one of the most popular courses an accountancy aspirant can undertake now. Accountancy is a great profession indeed, more so because it can be safely tagged as recession-proof. And dare I say, COVID-19 proof as well, in the sense that companies would still require accountants in large numbers after this mayhem is over for good.
Today we take a look at 10 very well known Indian personalities with little-known academic (read : accountancy) backgrounds.
He is the Founder of the Motilal Oswal Group. He received many awards including the ‘Excellent Business Achiever in Financial Services’ award and the ‘Udyog Rattan Award’ for his performance in the financial and industrial sectors.
But did you know that he is a Chartered Accountant?
Yes, CA Motilal Oswal is lauded as one of the most honest businessmen in the country. The Indian government has awarded him with “Rashtriya Samman Patra” for being amongst the highest income taxpayers in the country over a 5-year period.
Piyush Goyal, a qualified Chartered Accountant is the Union Minister of Railways and Commerce in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet. He also holds the position of Deputy leader of Rajya Sabha since 2019.
Guess what, he’s a qualified Chartered Accountant as well!
Piyush Goyal is said to have a brilliant academic record. He bagged second rank in his Chartered Accountancy course as well as topped his Law exams from Mumbai University.
Deepak Parekh is the Chairman of HDFC group. He leads India’s largest housing finance company. Parekh has won a number of awards, including the Padma Bhushan. He is a respected personality in the financial sector.
Having Chartered Accountant degree in his arsenal, Parekh has been instrumental in developing the nation’s housing sector and private sector banking over the years.
He was the one who strove to make to make it possible for middle class people to own houses or flats by providing them with loans at affordable rates.
Kumar Mangalam Birla needs no introduction. Even so, he stands out as being one of the most famous Chartered Accountants in India, who topped it all with an MBA from London Business College.
Kumar Mangalam is owner of a business empire with a market value of over $40 billion. The multinational Aditya Birla Group happens to be India’s third largest business house that is spread across 36 nations in 6 continents.
In addition to being a celebrated businessman, he is also a great philanthropist. He regularly contributes for public causes like better health and education facilities for weaker sections of society.
Naina Lal Kidwai is the Indian woman to have graduated from the Harvard University. She provided effective leadership to HSBC, India. She formerly led FICCI as its President. She has also been conferred the Padma Shri by the Indian Government.
As the former Country Head and Group General Manager of HSBC, Kidwai is a great inspiration for women who want to pursue accounting in India.
Rakesh Jhunjhunwala is a household name and needs no introduction. He is a stock market behemoth and is considered as one of the most successful stock investors. Labelled as ‘the Warren Buffet of India’, Jhunjhunwala is, you guessed it, a qualified Chartered Accountant who began investing with an paltry amount of Rs. 5000. His present portfolio worth is north of Rs. 5000 crores!
His stocks portfolio is eagerly followed by many of his enthusiasts. He has been India’s 51st wealthiest man and has been referred to as the “Pied Piper of Indian bourses”.
S. Gurumurthy , the famous journalist is also a Chartered Accountant. His regular articles in The Indian Express newspaper show the command he has attained in both these professions. Gurumurthy’s insights have uncovered many shady deals.
True to his Chartered Accountancy profession, he has helped the public by making them aware of many fraudulent practices.
K. Rahman Khan is a politician hailing from Karnataka who ha his allegiance to the Indian National Congress.
He was the former Union Minister of Minority Affairs and also has served as a Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.
In one stint he was even the Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers. Mr. Khan is one of the most conspicuous achievers in the country.
Mr. Pai was the CFO of Infosys from 1994 to 2006. He is reportedly a brilliant CA, a fellow member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. As his position as the CFO of Infosys, he has played a central role in transforming the IT firm into one of the world’s best known companies in software development and services.
At the start of the millennium in 2000, he helped start a midday meal program for school children.
Aditya Puri is qualified Chartered Accountant who has worked in the banking sector for almost 40 years. Presently, he is the Managing Director of HDFC Bank, India’s second largest private sector bank. Formerly he was the Chief of Citibank, Malaysia.
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