Anil Agarwal, the founder and executive chairman of Vedanta Resources, was born on 24th January 1954 in Patna, Bihar to a lower middle class family whose financial condition was not that strong. His father had a small business of making aluminum conductors. Anil is a matriculate from Sir Ganesh Dutt Patliputra High School; Bihar where, Lalu Prasad Yadav was his classmate. Anil holds a B.E degree from the Malaviya Regional Engineering College, Jaipur.
Anil enjoys cycling, which has been one of the major activities in his childhood too. He is a strict vegetarian and is a devotee of God Krishna. He is married to his family friend and fellow cyclist, Kiran Gupta. The couple has a son named Agnivesh and a daughter named Priya and now live in London.
Much before the Vedanta Group was found; Anil served as the Chief Operating officer of Orient Ceramics & Industries Ltd and gained an experience of over 31 years as an Industrialist. In 1976, he founded Sterlite Industries, a business operating in the industrial sector and then slowly and gradually he developed and founded Vedanta Resources bringing the variety of businesses, owned by the family, together. Later Anil was also the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Sterlite Industries India Ltd; a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources from 1980 to 2004.
He has been a Director of Sterlite Gold Ltd. since January 1999 and Sterlite Industries India Ltd. since 1978. He is the Executive Chairman of Vedanta Resources since March, 2005. Anil has been the Chairman of Sterlite Industries India Ltd. since October 2004. Not only has he been the Non Executive Chairman of Sterlite Technologies Limited since October, 2006 but he also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Bharat Aluminium Company Ltd. (BALCO) and Sterlite Gold Ltd. He is also the Director of Copper Mines Of Tasmania Pty Ltd. He also served as a Director of Hindustan Zinc Ltd (HZL) from April, 2002 to March 2009.
Anil Agarwal is a member of many boards. Some are as follows: Chairman of the Board, Bharat Aluminium Company Ltd; Director, Copper Mines of Tasmania Pty Ltd; Director, Vedanta Resources Holdings Ltd; Non-Executive Chairman and Member of Remuneration Committee, Sterlite Industries (India) Ltd; Chairman, Member of Compensation & Benefits Committee and Member of Audit Committee, Sterlite Gold Ltd; Former Director, Hindustan Zinc Ltd; Founder, Executive Chairman, Chairman of Nominations Committee and Member of Executive Committee, Vedanta Resources Plc; Non-Executive Chairman, Sterlite Technologies Limited; Chairman and Member of Remuneration Committee, Sterlite Energy Ltd.