Azim Premji is a Shia Muslim and ethnic Gujarati. He studied at Stanford University in the undergraduate engineering when he learned of the sudden death of his father in 1966 and then took over the family's vegetable oil business. Under his leadership, his company Wipro expanded into the software business and is today the world's largest independent provider of research and development and India's largest outsourcing companies. Premji is on the published annually by Forbes magazine list of the richest people in the world in 2007 with a personal fortune of $ 17.1 billion at No. 21
Premji is married and has two sons. His charitable foundation, the Azim Premji Foundation is working to promote and improve the education in India. He was awarded Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan in 2011 with the 2005.