Dr. Kiran Majumdar Shaw is a Bangalore, Karnataka born women industrialist who currently is the chairperson and MD of Biocon Limited, a
biopharmaceutical company. Dr. Kiran in the year 2004 was anncounced as the richest women of India.
She did her schooling in Bishop Cotton Girls School and her college was Mount Carmel, a popular college located in Vasanth Nagar area of Bangalore city. Kiran Majumdar Shaw finished her bachelors in Zoology from the University of Bangalore. She went to Melbourne and received qualification as a brewmaster in 1975, making her the first brewmaster who was a woman from India..
When she started her career in this profession it was as a trainee for Carlton and United Beverages in 1974. It was in 1978 that she attached herself as Trainee Manager of Biocon Biochemical’s Ltd, Ireland. In 1978 Biocon India was found with the cooperation of Biocon Biochemical’s Ltd. with investment worth Rs. Ten thousand.
She had to face many financial problems when she started her business at first. Banks hesitated to offer loans as they did not have much knowledge about biotechnology and to top it all she was a woman and a woman industrialist at that period of time was not heard of.
As time went by, Biocon changed to a biopharmaceutical company under the experienced leadership of Kiran. Biocon is one of India’s best empires of Biotech this day. In 2004 the shares of the company went public. Forty percent of the shares were held by Kiran thus she had assets worth two thousand one hundred crore which made her the wealthiest woman of India.
She has many awards and honors to her credit which are prestigious. She has also been awarded Padmashri and Padmabhusan by the Indian Government.