See What These Indian Billionaires Looked Like Before They Made—Or Inherited—Their Fortunes

Indian billionaires

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Today, as captains of industry, they’re the most recognised faces in the country. But what did they look like then, when they were younger, emerging business titans? Here’s a look at some of India’s richest men, then and now.

Ratan Tatal

From baby-faced youth (see inset) to chairman of Tata Industries--he's seen here with West Bengal chief minister Jyoti Basu in Kolkata in 1990, one year before he took over as chairman of the Tata Group--Tata apparently joined the family business to please his ailing grandmother, Lady Navajbai.

Ratan Tatal

Today, the 75-year-old captain of industry and Padmavibhushan winner has been credited with reshaping the fortunes of the group.

Kumar Mangalam Birla

A baby-faced Kumar Mangalam Birla looks pensive as he sits in his Delhi office in 1997, just two years after taking over as chairman of the Aditya Vikram Birla group at age 28.

Kumar Mangalam Birla

A clean-cut Birla is now the sixth richest Indian, and helms a $35 billion multinational.

Mukesh & Anil Ambani

The brothers, then aged 35 and 33, pose with their father Dhirubhai Ambani in New Delhi in February 1992.

Mukesh & Anil Ambani

Mukesh and Anil were seen together at the ET Awards in 2010. The famously warring brothers split their father's empire after his death.

Vijay Mallya

The 'King of Good Times' sits on a silver throne, which matches his silver mane, at his home in Bangalore in 2006.

Vijay Mallya

The troubled liquor baron has retired his flamboyant style (somewhat) in recent times.

Yash Birla

A relatively lean looking Yash Birla is pictured with his wife Avanti in a snapshot from the 90s.

Yash Birla

The Birla scion has beefed up his physique, thanks to a strict weight-training schedule. Here he's been snapped at a party organised by Burberry.

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