1 Fond of Cars!
Ratan Tata has great affection for cars and has a good collection of cars like- Ferrari California, Honda Civic, Land Rover Freelander, Maserati Quattroporte, Cadillac XLR, Mercedes Benz 500 SL, Chrysler Sebring, Mercedes Benz S-Class, Jaguar F-Type, Jaguar XF-R
2 The time when he worked as a blue-collar employee for his own company
Despite of being born in a wealthy family, he worked as a blue-collar employee at Tata Steel, Jameshedpur till 1971. This happened after he refused to work with IBM in New York. He handled blast furnaces and shoveled limestone during his early days and then moved on to manage other parts of the company with his clever suggestions and decisions.
3 The time when he personally visited the families of all the 80 employees who were affected during 26/11
Apart from personally visiting their families, he gave full compensation to every employee along with the complete responsibility of the education of their children, full medical facility for their entire family and dependents for the rest of their lives. They were also provided with waiver of all the loans and advances irrespective of amount; and counselor for life for each person.
Not only that, Tata Group also sponsored the treatment of a 4-year old granddaughter of a vendor who had 4 bullets in her. Even the railway employees, the police staff and the pedestrians who had barely anything to do with Tata were covered by compensation
4 He always sits next to his driver
Whenever he is riding alone, he always sits next to his driver. But, when the driver is not available, he drives himself around.
5 The time when he took over Jaguar Land Rover from Ford
In 1998 when Ratan Tata decided to sell his passenger car business to Ford as Tata Indica was a failure in its first year, Bill Ford (chairman of Ford) said, "If you do not know anything, why did you start the passenger car division at all. It will be a favor if we buy this business from you."
Nine years after the 'humiliation', when Ford was on the verge of bankruptcy, Tata Group offered to buy their luxury car brand Jaguar Land Rover. The car is now owned by the Tata Group. Ford chairman Bill Ford thanked Tata, saying, 'You are doing us a big favour by buying JLR.'
-Pravin Kadle, a Tata Group veteran
6 The time when he waved back to a driver
One day, a boss asked his driver about his day. The chauffeur replied that he had just seen Ratan Tata while he was driving. "What's such a big deal about it?" asked his boss. He replied with a huge grin on his face, "I waved at him and he waved back."
7 A trained pilot!
Ratan Tata loves flying and is a trained pilot. He became the first Indian to fly F-16 Falcon on 8 February 2007.