Sunil Mittal

Last Updated on August 24, 2020

Sunil Bharti Mittal is an Indian billionaire entrepreneur, philanthropist and the founder and chairperson of Bharti Enterprises, which has diversified interests in telecom, insurance, real estate, education, malls, hospitality, Agri and food besides other ventures. Bharti Airtel, the group’s flagship company is one of the world’s largest and India’s second-largest telecom company with operations in 18 countries across Asia and Africa with a customer base of over 399 million. Bharti Airtel clocked revenues of over US$14.75 billion in FY2016. He is listed as the 6th richest person in India by Forbes with a net worth of $11.6 billion.

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In 2007, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honor. On 15 June 2016, he was elected as Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce.

BornSunil Bharti Mittal
23 October 1957 (age 62)
Ludhiana, Punjab, India
Alma materPunjab University
OccupationFounder & chairman Bharti Enterprises
Net worthIncreaseUS$11.6 billion (May 2020)
ChildrenEiesha, Shravin, Kavin Bharti Mittal
Parent(s)Sat Paul Mittal (father)
RelativesSharan Pasricha (son-in-law)

Early life

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Sunil Bharti Mittal was born in a Baniya family. His father, Sat Paul Mittal, had been the Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha (Indian National Congress) from Ludhiana, Punjab, he was elected from Punjab for two terms (1976 & 1982) and nominated to the Rajya Sabha once (1988). He first joined the Wynberg Allen School in Mussoorie, but later attended Scindia School at Gwalior and he graduated in 1976 from Panjab University, Chandigarh, with a Bachelor of Arts and Science for which he studied in Arya College, Ludhiana. His father died of cardiac arrest in 1992.

Awards and recognition

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  • Padma Bhushan, Government of India, 2007
  • Transforming India Leader, NDTV Business Leader Awards
  • GSM Association’s chairman’s Award, 2008[
  • Asia Businessman of the Year, Fortune Magazine, 2006
  • Telecom Person of the Year, Voice & Data magazine (India), 2006
  • CEO of the year, Frost and Sullivan Asia Pacific ICT awards, 2006
  • CEO of the year, 2005–06, Business Standard
  • Best Asian Telecom CEO, Telecom Asia Awards, 2005
  • Best C.E.O, India, Institutional Investor, 2005
  • Business Leader of the Year, Economic Times, 2005
  • Philanthropist of the Year Award, The Asian Awards, 2010
  • INSEAD Business Leader Award, 2011
  • Honoris Causa Doctorate of Sciences (D.Sc.) Degree, Amity University Gurgaon, 2016
  • Honoris Causa Doctorate of Sciences (D.Sc.) Degree,Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra, J&K, 2018
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, ESCP Business School, ESCP Europe, Paris, 2018
  • Global Mobile Industry Honours Sunil Bharti Mittal for his contributions to the Global Mobile Industry as Chairman of the GSMA Board, 2019

Industry associations and affiliations

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  • Chairman, GSM Association, 2017–19[
  • Honorary Chairman, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • Member, Telecom Board of International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the leading UN agency for Information and Communication Technology Commissioner, Broadband Commission for Sustainable Digital Development at ITU
  • Chair, World Economic Forum’s Telecommunications Steering Committee
  • Member, International Business Council, World Economic Forum
  • Member, Board of Directors, Qatar Foundation Endowment
  • Member, Board of Directors, SoftBank Corp. (2011–2013)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Unilever PLC and Unilever NV (2011–2013)
  • Member, International Advisory Committee to the Board of Directors, NYSE Euronext (2008– 2011)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Standard Chartered Bank Plc (2007–2009)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Hero Honda Motors (2006–2009)
  • President, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) (2007–2008)
  • Co-chairman, Annual Meeting, World Economic Forum, Davos (2007)
  • Member, Board of Global GSM Association (2003–2007)


  • Member, Global Advisory Council, Harvard University
  • Member, Vice Chancellor’s Circle of Advisors on India, University of Cambridge
  • Member, Board of Dean Advisors, Harvard Business School (2010 – 2019)
  • Member, Governing Body, London Business School (2010 – 2013)


  • Member, International Business Advisory Councils of London & Rome
  • Member, Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) International Advisory Panel (2014-2017)
  • Member, Prime Minister’s Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council (RIEC), Singapore (2012-2017)

Global Trade

  • Co-Chair, Trade & Investment Development Task Force, B20 Argentina (2018)
  • Co-Chair, Trade & Investment Development Task Force, B20 Germany (2017)
  • Co-Chair, SME Development Taskforce, B20 China (2016)


Mittal has also been working towards educating India through the Bharti Foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises. The Foundation has established schools in villages across India and offers free quality education with free books, uniform and mid day meals to poor children.

Satya Bharti School Program’ – the Foundation’s flagship program is running 254 schools in six States serving over 45,000 rural children, free of cost. The other educational initiatives including the – Satya Bharti School, Quality Support and Learning Centre Programs, are currently reaching out to over 350,000 underprivileged children in 11 states. Other Program of the Foundation making considerable impact among the underprivileged sections is – ‘Satya Bharti Abhiyan’ (Sanitation).

In 2017, the Bharti Family pledged 10% of wealth (approx. Rs 70 billion) towards Philanthropy to set up Satya Bharti University, a world-class University to offer education to deserving youth from economically weaker sections of society.