He was looking for that one thing that makes a person stand out from the crowd, unafraid and willing to risk a lot for that idea she/he believes in.
Number of candidates: 10
How he picked them
The walls of Vineet Nayar’s Sampark Foundation office are covered with framed media clippings of his corporate achievements, but the former chief executive officer of HCL Technologies Ltd wants to talk only about education, a cause to which his organization is devoted. Like the clippings, his corporate life is a thing of the past, said Nayar, who has committed Rs.650 crore to philanthropy.
Former HCL Technologies head, Vineet Nayar spends his spare time guiding around 18 startups, having no mentorship himself.
When educating poor youth, which are more effective: laptops and iPads, or rings on string and plastic blocks? Vineet and Anupama Nayar are betting $100 million that it’s the latter. Through their Sampark Foundation, the former HCL Technologies executive and his wife are on a mission to revamp rural India’s primary education system with low-tech teaching tools.