(; born 3 April 1942) is an Indian industrialist
. , he is one of the richest Indians with net worth of US$7.3 billion.
Adi Godrej left India at the age of 17 to enroll at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
. Though he planned to study mechanical engineering, he later on switched to management. Adi was a member of Pi Lambda Phi
and lived there his freshman year. He went on to receive his MBA
from the MIT Sloan School of Management
After his return to India, Adi Godrej joined the family business. He modernized and systematized management structures and implemented process improvements. Adi Godrej took the Godrej Group
to great height during controlled economy era.
After the liberalization process, Adi Godrej restructured company's policies to meet the challenges of globalisation. In the early 2000s, the Group completed a 10-year restructuring process through which each business became a stand-alone company with a CEO/COO from outside the Godrej family.
Under Adi Godrej's leadership, the group is also involved in philanthropic activities. Godrej is major supporter of the World Wildlife Fund in India, it has developed a green business campus in the Vikhroli township of Mumbai, which includes a mangrove forest and a school for the children of company employees.