Billionaire Anand Mahindra of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. is the first Indian recipient of the Harvard Medal, most prestigious award given by the university and recognizes extraordinary service to the school.
Mahindra receiving his undergraduate degree from there in 1977 with magna cum laude and an MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1981. In addition to being a member of the Harvard President’s Global Advisory Council, and the South Asian Institute Founder’s Club, Mahindra is also a cofounder of the HBS India Research Center.
As Chairman and Managing Director of the Mahindra Group, he has overseen dramatic global expansion of the firm. Mahindra & Mahindra is now the largest seller of tractors worldwide. Currently marking its 20th year in the United States, Mahindra and Mahindra looks to further increase its lead with more red-white-and-blue targeted marketing for blue collar Americans, as well as further modifying its small tractors to cater to the American audience. The company has sponsored Championship Bull Riding, and hired Bill Dance as a spokesperson — a member of the Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Fame.
President Drew Faust recognizes Anand Mahindra on May 29 at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass.