Azim Premji conferred highest French civilian award
French Ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler will confer Azim Premji with the highest French civilian award Chevalier del la Legion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour)
Premji, is the chairman of Bengaluru-headquartered IT major Wipro.
“The award was bestowed on Azim Premji for his outstanding contribution to developing the information technology industry in India, his economic outreach in France, and his laudable contribution to society as a philanthropist through the Azim Premji Foundation and Azim Premji University,” Ziegler said.
The 73-year-old Bengaluru-based Azim Premji is a billionaire with $15.6 billion net worth and gave the fifth-highest amount ($8 billion) to charity.
Mr Ziegler will also meet representatives of 30 French innovative firms in the city on Wednesday evening.
The firms include early stage and large technology firms specialising and developing digital solutions in artificial intelligence, big data, cyber security, cloud computing, connected devices, machine learning and super-computing