A football fan who loves playing tennis and enjoys sailing, Anand Mahindra has received many accolades including the 'Knight of the Order of Merit' by the President of the French Republic and the Rajiv Gandhi Award 2004 for outstanding contribution in the business field. He was also named as Business Leader of the Year by the Economic Times.
Today, he is the Managing Director of the one of India's largest automobile companies, Mahindra and Mahindra, An MBA from Harvard Business School, he joined Mahindra Ugine Steel Company (MUSCO) where he became President and Deputy Managing Director. During this time he initiated the Mahindra Group's diversification into the new business areas of real estate development and hospitality. He is a co-promoter of Kotak Mahindra Finance Ltd., which in 2003 was converted into a bank that is now amongst the foremost private sector banks in the country. His credibility as a business leader was further established after he took over the scam tainted Satyam-Computer Services, renamed it Mahindra Satyam and turned it around. His other achievement is the success of India's best loved SUV, the Scorpio, in the global arena.