Subrata Roy is an Indian businessman. He is the Managing Worker and Chairman of Sahara India Pariwar, an Indian conglomerate with diversified businesses and assets including Aamby Valley City, and India’s largest land bank spread in cities across India. Subrata Roy founded the company in 1978.

Roy was featured among the “10 Most Powerful People of India” in 2012 by India Today. In 2004, Sahara group was termed by the Time magazine as ‘the second largest employer in India’ after Indian Railways. The group operates in more than 5,000 establishments spread across India and has a workforce of around 1.4 million under the Sahara India Pariwar umbrella.

Subrata Roy: Early life

He studied at The Holy Child School in Kolkata, later obtained a diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the Government Technical Institute, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. Sadly, before he could be employed, his father left for his heavenly abode. Initially, Subrata Roy did odd jobs to support the family. Amidst the difficulties, he started his first venture, ‘Jaya Products’, wherein he sold salted snacks on his Lambretta scooter.

Subrata Roy- The Saharashri

Saharashri gathered an experience of three decades in business development, including 18 years in the real estate sector. Eventually, he started his entrepreneurial journey by opening Sahara Pariwar’s first humble office in 1978 with three workers. They offered the services of para-banking and deposits.

Personal Info

Name Subrata Roy
Popularly Known As Saharasri
Category Industrialist
Nationality Indian
Occupation Managing Worker and Chairman of Sahara India Pariwar
Date of Birth 10 June 1948
Birthplace Araria, Bihar, India
Age 71
Spouse Swapna Roy
Awards and Honors
  • Baba-E-Rozgar Award (1992).
  • Udyam Shree (1994)
  • Karmaveer Samman (1995).
  • National Citizen Award (2001).
  • The Best Industrialist Award (2002).
  • Businessmen of the Year Award (2002).
  • Global Leadership Award (2004).
  • ITA – TV Icon of the Year 2007.
  • Vishisht Rashtriya Udaan Samman (2010).
  • Vocational Award for Excellence (2010) by Rotary International.
  • Business Icon of the Year award at the Powerbrands Hall of Fame Awards in London (2011).
  • Honorary Doctorate in Business Leadership from the University of East London (2013).
  • Honorary Degree of D. Litt. by Lalit Narayan Mithila University, Darbhanga.
  • General Jury Award by the Indian Television Academy Awards.
Books Published
  • “Shanti, Sukh: Santushti”, Essays on peace of mind and happy living. (1994).
  • “Maan, Samman, Atmasamman”
  • “Life Mantras” (February 2016).
  • “Think With Me” (December 2016).


Company Profile

Name Sahara India Pariwar
Industry Conglomerate
Type of business Public
Founded in 1978
Headquarter Lucknow (India)
  • Financial services
  • Construction
  • Mass media
  • Retailing
  • IT services and outsourcing
  • Hospitality
  • Health Care
  • Education
  • Automobile
Area Served World Wide
No. of employees 1.4 million+