Eminent Indians who studied abroad

The life of celebrities has always interested the public, and thanks to the insistent paparazzi, the public is not kept short of its daily celeb life shots. But there are still a lot of things that are not commonly known to the general public, things such as your favorite actor’s education or where did your favorite leader complete their studies. Below is a list of a few celebrities who chose to pursue education outside of India:

Mahatma Gandhi

A legend from our history, almost everyone knows about his contributions to India’s freedom movement. With his non violent struggle — Satyagrah, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, shook the British rule to its very roots. Mahatma Gandhi studied law at the University College London and then returned to India to practice as a barrister. The rest as they say is history.

Dr. B.R. Ambedkar

Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar is best known as the man who laid down the framework of the present Indian constitution. A noted economist, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar always fought for equality for one and all. Securing multiple degrees in law, economics and political science, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar too studied abroad at the Columbia University, the London School of Economics as well as the University of London.

Ranbir Kapoor

One of the highest-paid actors and one of the most popular celebrities in India, Ranbir Kapoor has become a name that is known everywhere. He has received several awards that also include five Filmfare Awards. After the completion of his pre-university education from Mumbai’s HR College of Commerce and Economics, Ranbir Kapoor shifted to New York to learn film-making at the School of visual Arts, and later to learn method acting, he joined the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. His first venture into Bollywood was when he worked as assistant director with Sanjay Leela Bhansali for the movie Black.

Parineeti Chopra

Initially, Parineeti Chopra had aspired to pursue a career in investment banking. She began her early education with the Convent of Jesus and Mary in Ambala Cantt. Then she moved to London where she received a triple honors degree in business, finance and economics from the Manchester Business School in the UK. In 2009, because of recession, she opted to return to India and obtained an internship in the marketing department of Yash Raj Film Studios, joining the production company as a public-relations consultant. It was later that she signed a three-film deal with the company as an actress and made her acting debut in 2011.

Randeep Hooda

Randeep Hooda completed his schooling from Delhi Public School, New Delhi, and began acting in school productions at a young age. After he completed his schooling, he moved to Melbourne and pursued a marketing bachelor’s degree. Afterwards, he also received a master’s degree in business management and human resource management. He worked odd jobs in Melbourne for two years before he came back to India and began modeling and acting in theater productions.

Soha Ali Khan

Soha Ali Khan is an Indian film actress, best known primarily for her work in the Hindi film industry, although she has also acted in Bengali and English-language films. Along with acting in movies, she is also the face of P&G’s corporate social responsibility program P&G Shiksha. But lesser known about her is the fact that after she attended The British School in New Delhi, she studied Modern History at Balliol College, Oxford and earned a Masters degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Salman Rushdie

Winner of the Booker Prize for his epic work “Midnight’s Children”, Salman Rushdie is a world-renowned novelist. Also well known for the controversies caused by his book “The Satanic Verses”, he continues to write best-selling books and has already inspired an entire generation of authors in the Indian sub-continent to write in English. Salman Rushdie too adds to the list of eminent Indian personalities who studied abroad. He completed his schooling in Bombay and went onto study history at King’s College, University of Cambridge.

Indra Nooyi

Indra Nooyi worked as the CEO of PepsiCo and is ranked consistently among the top 10 most powerful women in the world list issued by the ‘Forbes’ magazine. Born in Madras, now renamed Chennai, she holds a degree in science and a PGD (MBA) from IIM Calcutta. She studied at the prestigious Yale School of Management in Connecticut, US and earned a master’s degree in Public and Private Management as well.

Anil Dhirubhai Ambani

The second son of Indian business mogul Dhirubhai Ambani, the founder of Reliance Industries, Anil Ambani is a well known personality in most circles. Head of the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group — a diversified business conglomerate with ventures in telecom, entertainment, power-generation, health and insurance, he also happens to be an alumnus of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the advisory board in Warwick Business School, UK.

Ratan Tata

You can hardly travel a little distance on the roads without seeing the presence of Tata vehicles. One of the industry’s leading stalwarts, Ratan Tata made owning a car affordable when he launched the Tata Nano in March 2009, coming good on his intent that owning a frugal car should be accessible, not aspirational.

Ratan Tata is an alumnus of Cornell University and the Harvard Business School. Additionally, he has been awarded an honorary doctorate by nearly a dozen international institutions.

So how many out of these did you already know about? And how many came as a surprise to you?

(Their respective Wikipedia pages)

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