Chartered accountancy is one of most respected professions that one can practice after qualifying one of the most stringent curriculum set out for it. Being one of the very prestigious degrees in India, Chartered Accountants are not permitted to publicize themselves.
Working tirelessly there are just a few CA’s who have excelled in their careers and whom world has come upon to regard as big time achievers.
We have recorded down those few names of highly successful Indians, whom not many know that they are very good number crunching Chartered Accountants also:-
1. Kumar Mangalam Birla
He stands out as being one of the most famous Chartered Accountants in India, who topped it all with an MBA from London Business College. Kumar Mangalam runs a business empire with a market value of over $40 billion. The multinational Aditya Birla Group happens to be India’s third largest business house that is spread across 36 nations in six continents.
Apart from being a very successful businessman, he is also a leading philanthropist who regularly contributes for public causes like better health and education facilities for weaker sections of society.
2. Deepak Parekh
Chairman of HDFC, Deepak Parekh heads the country’s largest housing finance company. A respected named in financial sector, Parekh has been conferred numerous awards, which includes the Padma Bhushan. Firmly grounded with a Chartered Accountant degree, Parekh is instrumental in developing the nation’s housing sector and private sector banking.
He made it feasible for middle class people to own houses or flats by providing them with loans at affordable rates.
3. Naina Lal Kidwai
She is the first Indian women to graduate from the prestigious Harvard University. Naina Lal Kidwai is a toast of the CA profession and is providing effective leadership to HSBC, India. She is also a former President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)and has been conferred by Padma Sri by the Indian Government
As Country Head and Group General Manager of HSBC, Kidwai is a great inspiration for women in India.
4. Motilal Oswal
Promoter and founder of the Motilal Oswal Group, he is the recipient of many awards which includes the ‘Excellent Business Achiever in Financial Services’ award and the ‘Udyog Rattan Award’ for his performance in the financial and industrial sectors.
Not only as an achiever, the CA training has Motilal Oswal being counted as one of the most honest tax payer businessmen in the country. The Indian government has awarded him with “Rashtriya Samman Patra” for being amongst the highest income taxpayers in the country over a 5 year period.
5. Piyush Goyal
Piyush Goyal, a qualified Chartered Accountant is a Minister of State in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet with Independent Charge for Power, Coal, and Energy. He is a Parliament member of the Rajya Sabha.
Piyush Goyal has an excellent strong academic record and attained second rank in his Chartered Accountant batch year as well as one in Law from Mumbai University.
6. TN Manoharan
Former president of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), TN Manoharan is best known for restructuring the billion dollar scandal hit Satyam, an IT company. Doing justice to the chosen profession, Manoharan in the business classification was named the ‘Indian of the Year’ by CNN-IBN. The Indian government has conferred the Padma Shri award on him in 2010.
As a teacher, he is very popular amongst CA students for he is very much involved with them and the subject.
7. Aditya Puri
Aditya Puri a qualified CA has worked in the banking sector for almost 40 years. Currently he is the Managing Director of HDFC Bank, India’s second largest private sector bank, and was the Chief of Citibank, Malaysia in 1992. Aditya Puri, despite running a very successful bank lives by the motto to keep it simple.
Even as MD of HDFC he neither uses a mobile phone, nor has a PC on his table.
8. Rakesh Jhunjhunwala
Rakesh Jhunjhunwala needs no introduction, he is a stock guru and is considered as one of the most successful stock investors. Counted as Warren Buffet of India, Jhunjhunwala is a qualified Chartered Accountant who began investing with an paltry amount of Rs 5000 and now his portfolio worth is over 5000 crores.
Jhunjhunwala’s portfolio of stocks is tracked religiously by many followers. He is India’s 51st wealthiest man and has been portrayed as the “Pied Piper of Indian bourses”.
9. TV Mohandas Pai
CFO of Infosys from 1994 to 2006 was a fellow member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. As CFO at Infosys, he played a vital role in transforming the IT Company into one of the world’s best known companies in software development and services.
In 2000, he along with others started a midday meal program for school children. Today, the program feeds over 12,00,000 children in 7,669 government schools across 7 states in India. This initiative has ended up as being one of the biggest midday meal programs.
10. K Rahman Khan
A qualified Chartered Accountant, Khan is a politician from Karnataka who is affiliated to Indian National Congress. He was the former Union Minister of Minority Affairs and also has served as a Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha. In one stint he was even the Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers. Mr. Khan is one of the most conspicuous Muslim achievers in the country.
11. S Gurumurthy
S Gurumurthy is a well known journalist and a successful Chartered Accountant. His articles with a loyal readership in The Indian Express newspaper reflect the command he has attained in both professions. Gurumurthy’s insights have uncovered many a shady deals and has caused moments of discomfort to Reliance, India’s largest conglomerate.
He has done the CA profession proud by making the public aware many fraudulent practices. Gurumurthy also happens to be staunch defender of the Swadeshi model of economic development.