Did you know Ratan Tata's parents separated when he was just 10?

Updated: 28 December, 2019 15:14 IST | Sunny Rodricks
  • Ratan Tata

    An industrialist par excellence, business magnate Ratan Tata was born on December 29, 1937, to Naval Tata and Sonoo Tata in then Bombay now Mumbai. Businessmen, investor, and philanthropist are few of the facets of Ratan Tata's colourful yet illustrious. He was served as the Chairman of Tata Group from 1991 to 2012

  • Ratan Tata

    Did you know? At the age of 10, Ratan Tata's parents Naval and Sonoo separated in 1948. Ratan Tata was raised by his grandmother Navajbai Tata, who was the widow of Sir Ratanji Tata

    In photo: Ratan Tata with his pet dog, late Tito

  • Ratan Tata

    After his parent's separation, Ratan Tata was officially adopted by his grandmother Navajbai Tat through the J. N. Petit Parsi Orphanage. Ratan Tata also has a step-brother, Noel Tata from his father's second marriage. His father's second wife was Simone Tata

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    In photo: A young and handsome Ratan Tata during his Architecture days from Cornell University

  • Ratan Tata

    Did you know? Ratan Tata did his schooling from Campion School till the 8th class. Post which, he studied at the pre-British era Cathedral and John Connon School and at Bishop Cotton School in Shimla. After completing his graduation, Tata went on to get a degree in Architecture Cornell University. He also attended the seven-week Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

  • Ratan Tata

    With a keen acumen for business, Ratan Tata joined Tata Group; from working on the shop floor of Tata Steel to owning 5-star hotels, from manufacturing needles to steel plants and much more, Ratan Tata has been there and done that. Under his leadership, Tata grew to be one of the leading business names in the country and across the globe

  • Ratan Tata

    Besides being a businessman and a philanthropist, Ratan Tata is also a smart investor. He has invested in a number of startups, thereby encouraging new ideas and backing innovative business minds

    In photo: Ratan Tata with Shantanu Naidu, a budding entrepreneur, whose idea of making make collars with reflectors for stray dogs was backed by the none other than Ratan Tata

  • Ratan Tata, Mohan Bhagwat

    Under his able leadership, the Tata group was able to acquire global brands such as Jaguar, Corus, Land Rover, Tetley and much more. He has been awarded and bestowed with innumerable doctorates from Honorary Doctor of Law to Honorary Doctor of Business and the list goes on

  • Ratan Tata, Sahina NC

    In photo: Ratan Tata receives the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Annual Giants International Awards from Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudeo and Shaina NC

  • Did you know Ratan Tata's parents separated when he was just 10?

    Did you know? The 81-year-old philanthropist and the former chairman of the Tata Group did not tie the knot. In an interview in 2011, Ratan Tata had said that he had come close to getting married four times but each time he backed off in fear or for one reason or another

  • Ratan Tata

    The stalwart of the Indian business industry was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian war in 2000 and Padma Vibhushan in 2008 by the Government of India

  • Ratan Tata, Boman Irani

    In photo: Ratan Tata with actor Boman Irani at the Iranshah Udvada Utsav, which saw the coming together of Parsis from all over the world

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    On October 30, 2019, Ratan Tata made his Instagram debut. The stalwart of the Indian business industry has about 700 thousand followers on Instagram. While sharing a picture of himself, Tata's first post read: I don't know about breaking the internet, but I am so excited to join all of you on Instagram! After a long absence from public life, I look forward to exchanging stories and creating something special with such a diverse community!

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    Ratan Tata has shared about 11 posts to date and has managed to strike a chord with today's millennial generation. Ratan Tata shared this picture of himself on the 11th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. While sharing the picture, Tata wrote: 11 years later, a lot has been said about the tragedy that commenced on 26/11/2008. The memory of standing outside helpless and of the carnage and loss of life, are still fresh and painful...He ended the caption by saying, "I will say it again: We can be hurt, but not knocked out!"

  • Ratan Tata, Sharad Pawar, Supriya Sule, Asha Bhosale

    On his Instagram bio, Ratan Tata wrote, I made it to the 'Gram! He further wrote that he is the chairman of Tata Trusts and Chairman Emeritus, Tata Sons

    In photo: Ratan Tata snapped at Raj Thackeray's son Amit Thackeray's wedding along with Sharad Pawar, Supriya Sule, and Asha Bhosle

  • Ratan Tata, Mukesh Ambani, Devendra Fadnavis

    In photo: Ratan Tata with Mukesh Ambani, Aamir Khan and former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis at an event in Mumbai

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About The Gallery

Businessmen, investor, and philanthropist are few of the facets of Ratan Tata's colourful yet illustrious career so far. From witnessing his parent's separation at the age of 10 to coming close to getting married four times; from working on the shop floor of Tata Steel to making Tata a global brand, Ratan Tata has come a long way. His humble beginning from Surat to being a stalwart of the Indian business industry is truly incredible. As Ratan Tata turns a year older today, we take a look at his journey in pictures

(All Pictures/Instagram Ratan Tata, Supriya Sule, mid-day photographers)

First Published: 28 December, 2019 10:10 IST