Some Little-Known Ratan Tata Secrets

Childhood Dream

Ratan Tata's childhood dream was to become an architect, not a businessman. He studied architecture in the USA before destiny led him back to the Tata Group.

Early Days Abroad

He started his career with stints at IBM and then at Tata Steel in Jamshedpur. But his true calling came when he was sent to work for Tata Industries in Los Angeles.

Ford Connection

While in the USA, Ratan Tata once worked on the assembly line for the Ford Motor Company to gain practical experience.

Tata Nano Project

The idea for the world's cheapest car, the Tata Nano, was conceived by Ratan Tata when he saw a family of four riding on a two-wheeler during a rainy evening.

Philanthropic Legacy

Ratan Tata is known for his philanthropic efforts. He donated 60% of his wealth to charity, and he actively supports various social causes through the Tata Trusts.

Preservation of Heritage

He is passionate about preserving India's heritage. Tata Trusts actively supports the restoration of historic monuments and cultural artifacts.

Retirement and Return

After retiring as the Chairman of Tata Sons in 2012, Ratan Tata returned as an interim Chairman in 2016, showcasing his unwavering commitment to the Tata Group.