Sunil Mittal Birthday Special: 23 October

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Sunil Mittal is an Indian entrepreneur known for his significant contributions to the telecommunications industry. Today, on his birthday, 23rd October, let us know about some aspects of his life.

Early life and family background

Sunil Bharti Mittal was born on 23 October 1957 in Ludhiana, Punjab. His father, Sat Pal Mittal, was a Member of Parliament of the Rajya Sabha (Indian National Congress) from Ludhiana, Punjab. He was elected from Punjab twice (1976 and 1982) and nominated to the Rajya Sabha once (1988).

After receiving his early education from Weinberg Allen School and Scindia School, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree from Punjab University in 1976.

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From bicycle business to founder of Bharti Enterprises
Sunil Mittal’s entrepreneurial journey began in the early 1980s when he started a small business selling bicycle parts. After this he established ‘Bharti Enterprises’ company in 1976.

Sunil Mittal is currently the Chairman of Bharti Enterprises, one of India’s leading business conglomerates. Bharti Enterprises operates across various sectors including telecom, retail, financial services and others. Airtel has a wide presence not only in India but also in many other countries. Under Mittal’s leadership, Airtel expanded its operations globally, and became one of the world’s largest mobile network operators.


Sunil Mittal has received many awards and honors throughout his career. In the year 2007, he was honored with the Padma Bhushan Award by the Government of India. On 15 June 2016, he was elected as the President of the International Chamber of Commerce.

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