Nandan Nilekani and the founding of Infosys

On this day, June 2 in the year 1955, the co-founder of Infosys was born in Bangalore, India. His name is Nandan Nilekani, one of the pillars in the development of India’s information technology industry.

Nandan Nilekani
Nandan Nilekani (Credit: forbes.com)

Nilekani was born to an Indian middle class family. His father was a textile manager. He studied at the elite Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai. In 1978, he went to work for a computer company and in 1981, he founded Infosys with six other friends. He served in various capacities in the company before he rose to become the CEO from 2002 to 2007. Then he was selected to be the co-chairman of the board until 2009. Today, Infosys has revenues of more than US$10 billion with employees numbering 200,000 around the world.

In 2006, Nilekani became on the youngest entrepreneurs to join 20 global leaders on the World Economic Forum (WEF) Foundation Board.

As CEO of Infosys, Nilekani oversaw the growth of Infosys to be a global leader in the information technology industry. After he left Infosys in 2009, the government tapped him to be the chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India, a cabinet position under Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. As chairman, he oversaw the implementation of the ambitious project to give the 1.2 billion Indians a unique ID based on fingerprint and iris recognition.

Nilekani has published 2 books: Imagining India and Rebooting India. He entered politics by entering the 2014 election but lost. He is currently the chairman of EKStep, a foundation established by his family to promote technology-led platform to solve learning problems of children. If he is not busy advising government officials about the use of technology, his time is spent attending to his investments in several start-up companies. He is married with 2 children. As of June 2, 2020, his net worth, according to forbes.com, is US$1.6 billion.

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