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Nandan Nilekani
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    (June 2, 1955- )
    Born in Sirsi, Karnataka, India
    Cofounded Infosys (July 7, 1981)
    Awarded Joseph Schumpeter Prize (2005), Padma Bhushan (2006), Legend in Leadership Award (November 2009), NDTV Indian of the Year's Transformational Idea of the Year Award (2011), Lifetime Achievement Award from E & Y (2017), and 22nd Nikkei Asia Prize for Economic & Business Innovation (2017)
    Appointed Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (June 23, 2009)
    Developed Aadhaar, India's biometric ID system
    Wrote 'Imagining India: The Idea of a Renewed Nation' (2009) and 'Rebooting India: Realizing a Billion Aspirations' (2015)
    Joined Indian National Congress (March 2014)
    Cofounded EkStep, a non-profit literacy and numeracy organization aimed at improving children's education (January 2015)
    Returned to Infosys after being named non-executive, non-independent chairman of the company (August 2017)
    There are conflicting reports over whether he was born in Bangalore or Sirsi, as they're both located in Karnataka.
    Aadhaar has been criticized for violating people's privacy by exposing personal information.
    He lost the Lok Sabha elections to represent Bangalore South. (2014)
    He says that Infosys is 'boring again' after Narayana Murthy's feud with the company's board last year is a good thing despite rising employee attrition threatening investors. (November 12, 2018)
    He and his wife donate money to various philanthropic causes, such as education, healthcare, and Giving Pledge, which aims to bridge the wealth gap.
    He has made efforts in using digital technology to facilitate lives, such as payments.
    He went from having Rs. 200 (about US$2) when he graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay to having $1.9 billion through hard work and wise decision making.
    He admires Nelson Mandela, Steve Jobs, and Muhammad Yunus.
    Forbes Asia named him Businessman of the Year. (2006)

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