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Profile: Sunil Bharti Mittal
By Jo Johnson in New Delhi
Published: November 27 2006 08:48 Last updated: November 27 2006 08:48
One train can hide another, goes the famous warning sign at French railway junctions. The same might be said for Indian entrepreneurs. In a world agog at the success of steel baron Lakshmi Mittal, the Carnegie of the modern era, the extraordinary rise of his unrelated namesake, Sunil Bharti Mittal, chairman of Bharti Enterprises and the czar of Indian telecoms, has gone relatively unnoticed. That is about to change.
Whereas Lakshmi Mittal left India to build up his group overseas and is only now starting to focus on India, Sunil Bharti Mittal, 49, has done exactly the opposite. From an unassailable position of strength in the Indian mobile telecommunications market, where it has a market share of over 25 per cent, Bharti is not only itself going global but also becoming the partner of choice for Fortune 500 companies seeking to enter the Indian market.
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