Shiv Nadar is an Indian industrialist and philanthropist. He is the founder and chairman of HCL and the Shiv Nadar Foundation. Nadar founded HCL in the mid-1970s and transformed the IT hardware company into an IT Enterprise over the next three decades by constantly reinventing his company's focus. Since mid-1990s he has focused his efforts in developing the educational system of India through the Shiv Nadar Foundation.
Nadar was born in 1945 in Moolaipozhi village, about 10 kilometres from Tiruchendur in Thoothukudi district, Tamil Nadu, India. His parents were Sivasubramaniya Nadar and Vamasundari Devi.