Sohrab Pirojsha Godrej

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Sohrab Godrej
Born (1912-06-03)3 June 1912
Died 22 May 2000(2000-05-22) (aged 87)
Other names Soli
Occupation Businessperson
Known for Godrej Group
Parent(s) Pirojsha Burjorji Godrej
Awards Padma Bhushan

Sohrab Pirojsha Godrej (3 June 1912 – 22 May 2000), popularly known as Soli, was an Indian businessperson, entrepreneur and the chairman of Godrej Group,[1] one of the largest conglomerates in India with interests in real estate, consumer products, industrial engineering, appliances, furniture, security and agricultural products.[2]

Early life

Born on 3 June 1912 to Pirojsha Burjorji Godrej, the co-founder of Godrej Group,[3] in Mumbai, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, he did his schooling at Queen Mary School and St. Xavier's High School and graduated in science from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai.[1] After the death of his father in 1972, he became the chairman of the group.[4]


Along with being the chairman of Godrej Group of Industries, Mr. Godrej had a wide range of interests, which included scientific management, environment, population control and development, education, social welfare, international affairs, archaeology and heritage conservation.

He was the past-president of the International Chamber of Commerce - India; the Council of EU Chambers of Commerce in India; Indo-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Indo-Belgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He served as the Sheriff of Mumbai in 1983[5] and was also the president of the Indo-French Technical Association.[6]

Beyond Godrej

Sohrab Godrej was closely connected with various organisations committed to the preservation of nature, wildlife and environment as President Emeritus of the World Wide Fund for Nature - India. He was also the vice-president of the Bombay Natural History Society, president of the National Society of the Friends of the Trees, patron of the Family Planning Association of India and governing board member of the Population Foundation of India among others.[6]


The Government of India awarded him the third highest civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan, in 1999, for his contributions to Indian business.[7]

He was presented with the White Pelican award by Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.[6][8][9]

He was also awarded the Indira Gandhi Pariyavaran Puraskar in 1991.

Personal life

His life has been documented in his memoirs, Abundant living, restless striving, co-written by his long-time friend, B. K. Karanjia.[10]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Giant who gave Godrej its global presence". ReDiff. 24 May 2000. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Godrej Group profile". Godrej Group. 2016. Archived from the original on 25 February 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  3. ^ "S.P. Godrej hated chalta hai attitude". The Tribune. 21 May 2000. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Sohrab Godrej on Godrej Archives". Godrej Archives. 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Raj Bhavan Archives (A Class Files - Permanent Record)" (PDF). Rajbhavan Maharashtra. 2018-05-29. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "The Hindu : S.P. Godrej dead". Retrieved 2016-06-07.
  7. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  8. ^ "The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Business". Retrieved 2016-06-07.
  9. ^ P, Haresh; ya (24 June 2000). "Sohrab Godrej". the Guardian. Retrieved 2016-06-07.
  10. ^ Sohrab Pirojsha Godrej; B. K. Karanjia (January 2001). Abundant living, restless striving: a memoir. Viking.

External links

  • B. K. Karanjia (July 2002). "He Just Couldn't Let Things Be!". Change. 2 (4).

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