Birla Family

by Jessica Sara

It will be rare to find an Indian who has not heard of the Birlas. Interlacing with India’s social and industrial history, the Birlas descended from a Marwari cloth merchant called Shiv Narain Birla. He set up a trading house in Mumbai in 1857, and thus began the illustrious line of the Birlas.

Birla Family Profile

The Birla family tree is as long as it is interesting.

Baldeo Das Birla Parents – Shiv Narain Birla

Shiv Narain Birla hailed from Pilani in Rajasthan. Baldeo was adopted from the Navalgarh Birla family. In 1861, Baldeo moved to Kolkata to set up his own trading business.

Baldeo Das Birla Siblings – None

Baldeo Das Birla was the only child.

Baldeo Das Birla Spouse – Unknown

Very little is known about Baldeo Das Birla’s wife.

Baldeo Das Birla Children – G D Birla, J K Birla, R D Birla & B M Birla

Name – Ghanshyam Das Birla

Ghanshyam Das Birla

Born – 10 April, 1894

Married – Unknown

In 1919, G.D. Birla established the Birla Brothers Limited, a jute mill, in the face of stiff opposition from the British and the Scottish merchants. He was elected to the Central Legislative Assembly in 1926.

Name – Jugal Kishore Birla

Born – 1883

Married – Unknown

Jugal Kishore Birla ran Birla Brothers Limited along with G.D. Birla. He was a Hindu activist and philanthropist.

Name – Rameshwar Das Birla

Born – 1892

Married – Unknown

The second son of Baldeo Das Birla, he founded many hospitals and educational organizations in Kolkata, Mumbai, and Pilani.

Name – Braj Mohan Birla

B.M Birla

Born – Unknown

Married – Unknown

Baldeo Das Birla Grandchildren – M P Birla, Gajanan Birla, Lakshmi Niwas Birla, Krishna Kumar Birla, Basant Kumar Birla & G P Birla

Name – Madhav Prasad Birla

Born – 1918

Married – Priyamvada Devi

M.P. Birla established companies such as Indian Smelting, Birla Corp., Vindhya Telelinks, Hindustan Gum and Chemicals, Universal Cables, and Digvijay Woollen Mills.

Name – Gajanan Birla

Born – Unknown

Married – Unknown

Name – Lakshmi Niwas Birla

Born – Unknown

Married – Unknown

He founded the Birla High School in Kolkata.

Name – Krishna Kumar Birla

Born – 1918

Married – Manorama Devi

He was the chairman of the Zuari-Chambal group of companies. He built India’s sugar industry. He was also the chairman of Zuari-Chambal-Paradeep, a fertilizer conglomerate. He had 3 daughters – Shobhana Bhartia, Jyoti Poddar, and Nandini Nopany.

Name – Basant Kumar Birla

Basant Kumar Birla

Born – 1921

Married – Sarala Biyani

Currently, he is the chairman of the BK Birla Institute of Engineering and Technology and the Krishnarpan Charity Trust.

Name – Ganga Prasad Birla

Born – 1922

Married – Nirmala

G.P. Birla’s companies include Nigeria Engineering Works, Hindustan Motors, Hyderabad Industries, Orient Paper and Industries, and Avtec.

Baldeo Das Birla Great Grandchildren

1. Ashok Birla

2. Sudarshan Birla

3. Aditya Vikram Birla

4. Chandra Kant Birla

5. Yashovardhan Birla

Yashovardhan Birla

6. Sidharth Birla

Siddharth Birla

7. Kumar Mangalam Birla

Kumar Mangalam Birla


Birla Family Net Worth

Kumar Birla, a fourth generation Birla, has a net worth of $9.2 Billion as of September 2014. He ranks at #9 on India’s Richest list.