Headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra, the Aditya Birla Group was founded in 1857 by Seth Shiv Narayan Birla.
Today, this Fortune 500 company has attained global standards with operations in over 40 nations and 136,000 employees. Headed by Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla, the group became the 1st in Asia Pacific Region for 2011 Top Companies for Leaders. The conglomerate has its presence in diversified industries like cements, chemicals, steel, telecommunications, IT, retail, financial services, mining, agribusiness and wind power. The group has a global presence, with more than half of its revenues coming from overseas operations. The Aditya Birla Group houses many notable companies like Hindalco Industries, Idea Cellular Limited, Ultratech Cement, Grasim Industries, Pantaloons Fashion and Retail, Birla Sun Life Insurance, Aditya Birla Chemicals Limited, to name a few. The group is well-known for its philanthropic activities and operates 18 hospitals and 45 schools. It has also set up renowned educational institutions like Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences (BITS) in Pilani, Hyderabad, Goa and Dubai.