NOEL TATA, TATA GROUP: He's Got Connections


In some ways, Noel Tata is an unlikely candidate to take over the Tata Group, India's most famous business conglomerate, which sells everything from steel to information-technology consulting to coffee and tea. The 46-year-old heads Trent, the group's retail unit, which had $27 million in revenue last year--a tiny share of the conglomerate's overall $11.2 billion revenue. But Noel has the right dynastic connections to take over the group, founded by an ancestor in the 19th century. His half brother Ratan is now chairman, and father-in-law Pallonji Mistry is one of the largest shareholders.

Noel's managerial record is good. Since...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!