Famous Jain Businessmen

If you are a believer in Jainism, then you believe the way you live your life determines whether or not you will achieve true liberation of the soul when you pass away. Most Jains reside in India, but they can be found in other parts of the world like the U.S., Canada, and Britain. Because most Jains live in India, that’s where most famous Jain businessmen reside as well. Although not everyone might realize it, but India is a country of 1.3 billion people (compared to the 323 million in the U.S. [Manhattan] and 36 million in Canada) and business is booming. Here are just a few of the Jain businessmen who have made a big name for themselves by taking advantage of time and circumstance.

Narendra Patni founded Patni Computer Systems after graduating from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. He also spent time and graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. By 2005, he had managed to accumulate $750 million of wealth. He passed away in 2014. Patni Computer Systems was eventually assimilated into a much smaller company that took its name, IGATE. Patni’s legacy continues on through his work in computer IT, and a wife and two children.

Bhavarlal Hiralal Jain was a proponent of changing degraded land into that which could be cultivated, and he was wildly successful in doing so when he introduced micro-irrigation into India. He was the founder chairman of Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd., which at the time of this writing is the second largest company specializing in micro-irrigation in the world. He also founded the Gandhi Research Foundation in accordance with his beliefs. He passed away in 2016.

You’ve probably heard of InfoSpace and Intelius, both of which were founded by Naveen Jain. Currently he chairs Moon Express, another company he founded after moving on from his previous two homes in business. Although he grew up poor, he certainly aspired to great things and achieved those things and more. He even spent time with Microsoft in 1989 before moving on to his own projects. He is 57 years old.

One member of the Sahu Jain family, Vineet Jain, works as managing director of Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd., the parent company of a number of gargantuan Indian newspapers including The Times of India. In 2017, he made the list of India’s fifty most powerful people, coming in at number twenty-three. He was educated in Switzerland. He has won prestigious awards like the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2013 from the Bombay Management Association.

These men are just a few business rockstars who have a lot to teach the rest of us about how anything is possible if we put our mind to it. Their beliefs are only a part of their success–their will to succeed is the other piece of the puzzle.