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Anand Mahindra was born on 1 May 1955 in Mumbai, India to the late industrialist Harish Mahindra and Indira Mahindra. Anand has 2 sisters; Anuja Sharma and Radhika Nath. He completed his early schooling from Lawrence School, Lovedale and then went on to study film making and architecture from Harvard University where he graduated Magna cum Laude (High Honors) in the year 1977. In 1981, he completed his MBA from the Harvard Business School
He is an alumnus of Lawrence School, Lovedale, Cornell University and Harvard Business School. In 1996, he established Nanhi Kali, a non-government organisation that supports education for underprivileged girls in India.
Anand has a keen interest in film making, a subject he pursued as an undergraduate at Harvard. He is a keen Photographer with a strong interest in films. He also enjoys listening to the blues and has set up Mahindra Blues Festival held annually in Mumbai since 2011.
In August 2012, he took on the role of chairman of the board and managing Director of the Mahindra Group from his uncle, Keshub Mahindra.
Anand, along with Mukesh Ambani and Mahesh Samat, was the co-founder EPIC, an Indian television channel in 2014 that showcases Hindi content. In 2016, he became the sole owner after both the co-founders sold their stakes to Mahindra.
He is the Chairman of the India Advisory Council at the Lincoln Center, New York. In January 2015, he was appointed on a four-year team as a Trustee of the Natural History Museum of London.
In November 2016, Anand was re-designated as Executive Chairman of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd and continued to be the Chairman of Mahindra Group.
He is the founder of project Nanhi Kali which aims to provide primary education to underprivileged girls in India. As of September 2017, the project has supported 130,000 underprivileged girls.
Anand was featured in Fortune Magazine’s list of The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders in 2014 and in the list of the top 25 most powerful Business people in Asia in 2011. He was the World Economic Forum co-chairman in 2009. He was one of the contributors for the book 'Reimagining India' published by Mckinsey & Company.