Rajeev Chandrasekhar


 
Rajeev Chandrasekhar is the Founder and Chairman of Jupiter Capital. He secured his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology before moving to Illinois Institute of Technology in US where he did his Master's in Computer Science, and then to Harvard University for an Advanced Management Programme Degree. Thereafter, he was part of Intel's design team that designed and launched the 32-bit 80486 and the architecture team which conceptualized the path breaking Pentium microprocessor.

Rajeev was amongst the first investors in the telecom sector when he founded BPL Mobile in 1995 - a pioneering cellular company that rolled out India's first and largest Greenfield cellular network at a time of seriously adverse policy and economic environment. Under his leadership, BPL Mobile went on to build a world-class cellular enterprise. When Rajeev exited the cellular sector in 2005, the company he had founded and grown was valued at US$ 1.1 Billion. Under his leadership Jupiter Capital which was established with $100million oversaw the next generation of valuable brands with significant investments and exits in the last 5 years including building an International investment portfolio.

Rajeev served as the youngest President of FICCI - India’s apex industry chamber in 2008-09 and became a proponent for a stronger voice for the Indian Corporate in Governance reforms and an economic model that encourages Free Enterprise. Conscious of obstacles faced by first time entrepreneurs Rajeev has invested resources and time to identify young entrepreneurs across various parts of India like the North East. Rajeev’s entrepreneurial zeal and major achievements have won him all round recognition and awards. These include the Honorary Doctorate from Vishweswarya Technical University, Karnataka in early 2013, the Illinois Institute of Technology's Global Service Alumni Association honor in 2007 and the recently announced Most Distinguished Alumnus award from MIT, Manipal.