Subrata Roy is the Chairman and Managing Worker of Sahara Group of companies. He was born on 10 June 1948, to Chhavi and Sudhir Chandra Roy in Araria, Bihar. A bright student right from his childhood, Subrata Roy earned a diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the Government Technical Institute, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh.
While shaping what we know today as ‘Sahara India Pariwar’, Subrata Roy spent three decades in business development, along with gathering an experience of 18 years in real estate business. He started his entrepreneurial journey in 1978, when he opened a small office for his business of deposits and para-banking in Gorakhpur.
Sahara India Pariwar grew from 42 depositors in a single establishment to a family of 6.1 crore depoistors through 1,707 establishments across the nations. The Sahara Group is worth over $10 billion, and is the largest first generation conglomerate of India. The Group was termed by the Time magazine as ‘the second largest employer in India after the Indian Railways’. It is successfully diversified into Infrastructure and Housing (real state), Media (news channels and newspaper), Entertainment (TV channels and film production) and Aviation.
Due to his unprecedented contribution to the country’s various industries, Subrata Roy has been awarded with several accolades, that includes ITA – TV Icon of the Year (2007), Global Leadership Award (2004), the Businessman of the Year Award (2002), the Best Industrialist Award (2002) and the National Citizen Award (2001), Karmaveer Samman (1995), Udyamshree (1994), Baba-ERozgar (1992) and Noble Citizen Award (1986).
In spite of being featured in the prestigious list of 50 Most Powerful People of India in the reputed India Today magazine since 2003, Subrata Roy never let success limit his dream. He considers it his life’s aim to create not just a company, but a family. He has always considered himself as the Chief Guardian of the world’s largest family, Sahara India Pariwar.
In founding the Sahara India group, Subrata Roy has always attempted to form a bond of kinship with all those who work in his companies. Time and again, he has instilled the feeling of oneness, integrity and solidarity in the company. Keeping principles above profit, he has repeatedly cheered his workers with statements like, “We are a family, not just a business organization. We don’t work for a company, we work for ourselves, for the growth of our Pariwar.”
When he is not busy administering his business, Subrata Roy keeps himself busy with writing. He is the author of motivational books that include Sahara: , Life Mantras (2016), and Think With Me: Fundamentals for Making Our Country Ideal (2017).
Apart from writing, he has also undertaken a large number of philanthropic endeavors. Sahara India Pariwar is involved in activities like monthly financial assistance to the families of the Martyrs of the Mumbai Nov ’08 terror attack and to the families of Kargil War Martyrs, and projects in the field of rehabilitation of a million victims of natural disasters.