Does Ratan Tata smoke?: No The Guardian.Does Ratan Tata drink alcohol?: No The Guardian.Ratan Tata is a name to reckon with in the annals of Tata Group’s business. Although he is one of the most influential businessmen in India, he is best known for his simplicity and loneliness, and the words used most often to describe Ratan Tata are ‘shy’ and ‘loner.’.During his 21 years of tenure as the Chairman of Tata Group (1991-2012), revenues grew over 40 times, and profit, over 50 times.Ratan Tata, in many ways, is an accidental millionaire. He is, in fact, a gifted interloper, who, even after heading one of the biggest business conglomerates in India, lives an ordinary life and shuns the media spotlight. This quiet and humble Indian business tycoon drives himself to work in a Tata sedan.Ratan Tata belongs to a family that had everything but children. Traditionally, Parsee priests, the Tata Family got its recognition when Jamsetji Tata opened a textile mill in 1868. Strikingly, it offered workers pension and paid accident compensation, the facilities, which were nowhere in the scene in the Indian business sector. A Textile Mill opened by Jamsetji Tata in the late 19th century.Although the Tatas had built up a formidable business by 1971, the family was running out of heirs.Ratan’s father, Naval H Tata was born into an ordinary family in Surat. Naval’s parents died when he was too young; leaving him to be raised at an orphanage, but Naval was destined to win life’s lottery and at 13. Naval was adopted by Lady Navajbai Tata (Tata’s formidable matriarch); who had been left childless and widowed at 40. Thereafter, Naval rose to become the deputy chairman of the Tata Group. Ratan Tata (R) with his father Naval (L) and Half Brother Noel (Centre).Ratan is, in fact, a Tata by birth; as his biological maternal grandmother was the sister of Hirabai Tata, wife of group founder Jamsetji Tata. Moreover, his biological grandfather, Hormusji Tata, also belonged to the broader Tata Family.Unlike the Ratan Tata’s present-day lifestyle of an ordinary person, he spent his childhood in luxury; as he grew up at Tata Palace, a white Baroque revival-style building in the centre of Mumbai; attended by a crew of 50 servants. Reportedly, Ratan was driven to school in a Rolls-Royce.