Book Review: Azim Premji: The Man Beyond the Billions

Azim Premji, India’s top philanthropist and founder-chairman of Wipro has consciously kept himself away from the media spotlight, even though curiosity about him has never dimmed. But this time, a comprehensive biography of the philanthropist billionaire, who has donated 75% of his wealth to charity, will help people to know more about him and get inspired.

Azim Premji: The Man Beyond the Billions written by veteran journalists, Sundeep Khanna and Varun Sood, gives a comprehensive view of the life of Azim Premji. How he built a very successful IT services firm, expanding from his traditional vegetable oil business and taking Wipro, among the top five domestic companies in its domain.

Though Azim Premji refused to be interviewed in person for the book saying that he had hardly anything substantial to contribute, but allowed former and present Wipro officials shared anecdotes and information with the writers, this makes it clear, he is a private person and loves to be with himself and his sincere works.

The initial chapters of the book is dedicated to the evolution of the person from a student in US to accidentally leading a business, which his father has started and left early because of his untimely death. As the books explores further, Premji’s business achievements are seen overshadowed by the scale of his generosity as philanthropist.

He not only contributes for social causes but also maintains everything ethically to run his organisation. All his important decision for Wipro are driven by ethics and not merely by business. From the early days of Wipro to present, Premji has maintained, corporate governance and transparency in business.

The book will helps us in understanding Azim Premji, and some what level of his mind, who has donated 75% of his total wealth to charity, easily, out of which, around $21 billion, donation to Azim Premji Foundation, a non-profit organisation focused on education.

Azim Premji: The Man Beyond the Billions

Authors Sundeep Khanna & Varun Sood

Publisher: Harper Business

224 pages; Rs699 (Hardbound)