IT czar's retirement casts spotlight on private philanthropy in India

Wipro Limited executive chairman and managing director Azim Premji is India's second-richest person, with an estimated net worth of about US$22.4 billion (S$31 billion). PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Wipro Limited executive chairman and managing director Azim Premji is India's second-richest person, with an estimated net worth of about US$22.4 billion (S$31 billion). PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

He is often referred to as the czar of India's IT industry but, at the end of next month, Mr Azim Premji's reign will come to an end.

The 73-year-old announced his retirement last week, more than five decades after he took over the reins of his little-known family-run firm and transformed it into a globally renowned entity.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 15, 2019, with the headline 'IT czar's retirement casts spotlight on private philanthropy in India'. Print Edition | Subscribe