Basant Kumar Birla, a veteran industrialist and chairman of the BK Birla Group passed away at the age of 98 on 3rd July.


Born to industrialist Ghanshyam Das Birla in January 1921, he was inducted into the family business at the age of 15, soon after completing his matriculation.

He started from the lowest position even in his family business. According to Livemint, his first assignment was that of a cashier at Kesoram Cotton Mills Ltd. 


Fondly known as Bhauji by his employees, he also worked enthusiastically for the promotion of education in India. He was a patron of nearly 25 educational institutions including, BITS Pilani among others.


Even in his 80s, he was said to be very active and even went to work every day.  

Financial Express

Despite being born into a wealthy and distinguished business family, BK Birla led a frugal life from the beginning. Sources close to him revealed that he once said:

“I don’t need a suit costing ₹50,000. I will instead use it for charity.”
India Today

He was known to maintain cordial relations with other business houses and believed in healthy competition. This was one of the reasons why he gained huge respect in the industry.

manorama online

Besides being a successful industrialist, he was also an avid photographer and authored a few books.

His love and interest for art could also be seen in his charitable ventures and huge donations to temples.

Business Line

BK Birla reached millions of people through his ventures in a variety of fields and his legacy will continue to live through his work.