Azim-Premji

The disparate, unglamorous businesses Premji had demerged seven years ago are now on the verge of surprising the business world.

Billionaires and their excesses are under attack around the world. But a quality widely associated with one of India’s richest men, WiproNSE -1.04 % Ltd Chairman Azim Premji, continues to be frugality. Stories about his simple, frugal choices are as much part of corporate lore in India as is his storied entrepreneurial journey — turning a Vanaspati business he took over at 21 upon the demise of his father into a global software services giant worth $25 billion today.

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