“I Look After My Country’s Things While He…”
Sudha Murty, who became Infosys’ “first investor” by lending Rs 10,000 to her husband NR Narayana Murthy, considers herself the best investor in the world. Or at least in India.
With that money, Narayana Murthy founded the company worth $17.53 billion today, celebrating its 40th anniversary.
Sudha Murty, a writer and philanthropist, told NDTV in an exclusive interview: “I feel incredibly happy and blessed because I never dreamed that 10,000 would become billions of dollars later. .
“And maybe at least I’m the best investor in India. Or maybe in the world…I don’t know.”
Infosys, an IT company listed on NASDAQ with headquarters in Bengaluru, was founded by seven engineers in 1981. Last year, it became the fourth Indian company to reach a market cap of 100 billion USD.
Through it all, Sudha Murty has advice for those looking to start a company.
“I think this generation has to have patience. Nothing happens overnight. Rome wasn’t built in a day, as they say. To build a company, you need to build a company. You have to work hard. All of that is necessary… but the condition is that you should be patient,” she said.
“We did well after 7-8 years. It’s not like we’ll break even next year. So be patient, work hard and success will follow. If you run after money, money will follow.” will run away from you. You run for the cause, work hard, success follows.”
Mrs Murty also spoke about her son-in-law Rishi Sunak, who became UK Prime Minister on October 25.
“He became Prime Minister. Fine, I’m happy, nothing more,” she said.
As to whether she enjoys following her son-in-law’s progress in Britain, she quips: “I take care of my country, he takes care of his.”
Have you had any political conversations with him? “No, never. He’s always been our son-in-law. I’ll wish him all the best.