Anand Mahindra is an Indian business tycoon and the third-generation heir of the Mahindra clan that leads the Mahindra & Mahindra conglomerate. This company operates around 22 industries from auto to real estate and is widely known for producing some fine heavy vehicles like SUVs & tractors. Mahindra plant in Great Noida (Uttar Pradesh).Since childhood, he had a deep interest in film-making. Carrying forward his interest, he completed his graduation in Film making from Harvard University in 1977, and in 1981, he started his professional journey by joining Mahindra Ugine Steel Company Ltd (MUSCO). He was also a member of the Phoenix S.K. Club. Anand Mahinder (right) in his childhood with his sisters.In 1996, he established the Nanhi Kali charitable trust that supports primary education for underprivileged girls in India. As of 2017, the trust has supported more than 1,30,000 girls. Besides this, he is also one of the board of directors of Naandi Foundation. Naandi Foundation is a trust that works towards the socio-economic development of India. He then became the president of ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India) that works on the research and development of environmentally safe mobility. Besides this, he is the co-founder of the Harvard Business School Association in India that promotes Domain management in India. He also co-founded Naandi Danone that provides safe drinking water to rural areas in India. His donation to the Harvard Humanities Center of $10 million is the largest personal donation overseas by an Indian. Drivespark.com Anand Mahindra speaks at the Paris Agreement on climate change at U.N. headquarters.Just as when the stock market of Mahindra was running low, the launch of the Scorpio; an SUV in 2002 was a major boost to the group. In July 2008, he bought Kinetic Motors and relaunched the Freedom bike under the label name Mojo. In the Financial year 2019, its company sold 4,004 units 73 percent less than the previous year. In an event organized by the British carrier Virgin Atlantic, Anand Mahindra told, Business Standard We knew our dream well and we had the right things, but how to win is where we went wrong. We should have never gone to the commuter bike side. The iconic Mahindra Scorpio launched in 2002 Mahindras freedom bike Mojo.He enjoys listening to the blues. He has also launched Mahindra Blues Festival which is held every year in Mumbai since 2011. Top Blue musicians around the world take part in this fest. Anand Mahindra in Mahindra Blue festival.He has worked for several influential bodies around the world including the Global Board of Advisors of the Council on Foreign Relations (New York) and the International Advisory Council of Singapores Economic Development Board. He was also named in Barrons List of Top 30 CEOs worldwide in 2016. In the same year, he was appointed the Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honour by the President of the French Republic. He is the recipient of many honors like Asias 25 most powerful businesspeople in 2011 and Entrepreneur of the Year by Forbes India in 2013. Anand Mahindra on the cover of Forbes Magazine.In November 2016, Anand Mahindra became the sole owner of Epic TV Channel. Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani sold his personal investment in the Hindi general entertainment channel to Anand Mahindra. The Economic Times In May 2020, when the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi announced an economic package of INR 20 lakh crore, Anand Mahindra hails his step as the opportunity to change the narrative from Survival to Strength. He further added, We will know tomorrow whether or not this is going to be a transformational moment like 1991..He is also been tagged as the face of Indian capitalism by the Economist. The Economist He is widely renowned for gifting cars to some of the aspiring celebrities in India. Apart from cricketers, he had gifted cars to Dutee Chand (Mahindra XUV 500), Sakshi Malik, and P.V. Sindhu for their exemplary performance at the Olympic Games (Mahindra Thar), and Kidambi Srikanth, an Indian shuttler with Mahindra TUV 300.On 8 November 2021, he was conferred with the Padma Bhushan award, Indias third-highest civilian honor, in the field of Trade and Industry. However, he wasnt satisfied with the award. He told in an interview that he felt dishonored alongside individuals who have significant contributions at their ground level. He told, I truly felt undeserving to be amongst their ranks. This Govt has made a long-overdue, transformational shift in the texture of the Padma Awards recipients. Now, the focus is largely on individuals making seminal contributions to the improvement of society at grassroots levels. I truly felt undeserving to be amongst their ranks. https://t.co/jor34tqx1w anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) November 9, 2021.Anand Mahindra and a founder of Microsoft; Bill Gates were classmates at Harvard in 1973 before Bill Gates famously dropped out to focus on his company. NDTV Anand Mahindra (extreme right) with Bill Gates during his maiden visit to India in 1997.