Source of Influence: Philanthropy, Charity & Development
Status: Featured in current year
Prenji is an Indian business tycoon and philanthropist who is the chairman of Wipro Limited, a leader in the software industry. According to Forbes, he is currently the third wealthiest Indian as well as being the richest Indian Muslim. The Azim Premji Foundation supports programs that reach more than 2.5 million children. His recent $2 billion donation to his foundation was the largest charitable contribution in the history of modern India. In 2011, he was awarded Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award by the Government of India. By 2015, he had already given more than 39 per cent of his personal wealth to charity.