Anil Agarwal is an Indian Businessman who is a founder and executive chairman of Vedanta Resources Plc. It is a largest mining and non-ferrous metals company in India. Vedanta Group is the largest producer of zinc and the second largest producer of copper in the world. Mr. Anil Agarwal controls Vedanta Resources Plc through Volcan Investments, a holding vehicle with a 61.7% stake in the business. Check out below for Anil Agarwal Wiki, Biography, Age, Family, Vedanta Resources, Net Worth, and More.
Anil Agarwal Profile & Career
Anil Agarwal was born on 24 January 1954 in Patna, India. His father Dwarka Prasad Agarwal was involved in making aluminum conductors. Anil Agarwal studied at Miller High School but quit school at 15. As far as studies are concerned, Anil Agarwal studied matriculate from Sir Ganesh Dutt Patliputra High School, Bihar and holds a B.E degree from the Malaviya Regional Engineering College, Jaipur. And he joined his father’s business of making aluminum conductors in 1972. At 19, he left Patna for Mumbai to explore career opportunities.
He began his career by trading scrap metal, collecting scrap from cable companies from other states and selling to those in Mumbai. Along with that, Anil also acquired a highly potential “Shamsher Sterling Corporation” which manufactured enameled copper, among other products, with a bank loan of Rs. 50,000 from Syndicate Bank. For the next ten years, all he did was build a solid foundation for both the businesses.
In 1986, Anil ventured into manufacturing of jelly-filled cables, by putting up a factory at the cost of Rs. 7 Cr. (USD 70 million) against the working cost of Rs. 30-40 Cr. (USD 300-400 million), and with that, he also officially created creating Sterlite Industries.
Anil realized that the profitability of his business was highly volatile and was utterly dependent on the variation of the prices of his raw materials like copper and aluminum. Hence, to counter that, he decided to control his input costs by manufacturing the metals instead of buying them.
In 1993, Sterlite Industries became the first company in India to set up a copper smelter & refinery in the private sector. The very same year, he had also controlled the largest capacity cast copper rod plants. In 1995, Sterlite Industries acquired Madras Aluminium, a ‘sick’ company that had been shut down for four years and was on the verge of dying, was acquired by the Board for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction (BIFR). The next step was of the backward integration process, i.e., mining.
The very same year, Sterlite Industries acquired 80% interest in MALCO and Copper Mines (1999) of Tasmania Pvt. Ltd.
His first major opportunity to expand on the domestic front came when the government announced a disinvestment program. In 2001, he acquired 38.8% interest in India Foils Ltd, 51% interest in BALCO and 46% interest in Hindustan Zinc Ltd. Again, all these companies were also considered sleepy and inefficient mining firms.
And later in 2003, the company was rebranded to Vedanta Resources Plc., to access international capital markets. At the time of its listing, Anil’s Vedanta Resources Plc was announced as the first Indian company on London Stock Exchange.
Later, Anil was highly frustrated with a situation of the business environment in India, and he moved to London, a place where the world’s largest mining and metals companies were headquartered.
In 2004, Vedanta Resources Plc successfully listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and raised $876 million through a global bond offering and acquired Konkola Copper Mines in Zambia, Africa.
In 2007, Vedanta Resources acquired a controlling stake from India’s largest producer-exporter of iron ore, Sesa Goa Limited, and in 2010, the company acquired South African miner Anglo American’s portfolio of zinc assets in Namibia, Ireland, and South Africa.
Additionally, in the year 2008, Vedanta Resources acquired a controlling stake in “Cairn India” which is India’s largest private sector oil-producing firm. Anil Agarwal was also ranked 2nd in Harun India Philanthropy List 2014 for his donation of Rs 1,796 Cr. (about $36 million).
Anil successfully managed to uplift his company from revenue of $1 billion to unbelievable revenue of $13 billion, within a decade and at the same time, he has also grown his employee strength to more than 32,000 people as well.
Anil Agarwal Biography
|Real Name||Anil Agarwal|
|Date of Birth||24 January 1954|
|Father Name||Dwarka Prasad Agarwal|
|Mother Name||Yet to be updated|
|Educational Qualification||B.E degree|
|School||Miller High School, Patna, India & Sir Ganesh Dutt Patliputra High School, Bihar|
|College||Malaviya Regional Engineering College|
|Hobbies||Reading Books, Writing Articles|
|Wife Name||Kiran Agarwal|
|Current City||London, England|
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Anil Agarwal Twitter: https://twitter.com/anilagarwal_ved
Anil Agarwal Instagram: Yet to be updated
Anil Agarwal Honours and Awards
- The Economic Times, Business Leader Award – 2012
- Mining Journal Lifetime Achievement Award – 2009
- The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year – 2008
- The Asian Awards Entrepreneur of the Year – 2016
Anil Agarwal Achievements
- Chairman of the Board, Bharat Aluminium Company Ltd.
- Director, Copper Mines of Tasmania Pty Ltd.
- Director, Vedanta Resources Holdings Ltd.
- Non-Executive Chairman and Member of Remuneration Committee, Sterlite Industries (India) Ltd.
- Chairman, Member of Compensation & Benefits Committee and Member of Audit Committee, Sterlite Gold Ltd.
- Former Director, Hindustan Zinc Ltd.
- Founder, Executive Chairman, Chairman of Nominations Committee and Member of Executive Committee, Vedanta Resources Plc.
- Non-Executive Chairman, Sterlite Technologies Limited.
- Chairman and Member of Remuneration Committee, Sterlite Energy Ltd.
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