How Much Do You Know About Tata Sons and the Tata Group of Companies?

Oct 1, 2020 11:08 AM 5 min play

Think "conglomerate" and chances are one of the first companies to come to mind would be Tata Sons.

Tata Sons was established in 1868 as a trading enterprise. Over the years, it grew and expanded into different businesses, including telecom, airlines, IT services, hospitality, energy etc. And under the Tata Group, there are many companies - over a 100, in fact - to say nothing of interlocking directorates, and the numerous subsidiaries in India and around the world!

It's a corporate maze...and therefore ripe for fun Business Trivia and thus a Quiz Knock!

How much do you know about one of India's largest and most powerful business firms ? Let's find out!

Here's a preview of what awaits you:

  1. Today, the Tata Group is the jack of many trades, with companies or big investments in nearly every major sector. But in 1868, when Jamsetji Tata founded the company, it was involved in what kind of business?
  2. There are many entities in the Tata corporate hierarchy. Not to mention the 100+ Tata-owned companies (to say nothing of interlocking directorates, and the numerous subsidiaries!). But what is the name of the holding company in this Tata universe?
  3. Speaking of the list of Tata companies... While this list is very long, it is also very skewed. In fact, 70% of Tata Sons' entire valuation comes from its stake in one company alone. Identify this company.
  4. Tata-Finlay Ltd used to be a joint venture between Tata and James Finlay and Company, a Scottish firm. They distributed a product - X - that became wildly popular. In fact, Tata soon became the second-largest manufacturer of X in the world.Today, Tata-Finlay famously known as Tata X. Identify X.
  5. Tata Consumer Products Ltd. Is the world's second-largest manufacturer and distributor of tea. In 2012, it ventured into the coffee market by partnering with a major coffeehouse chain, which was?
  6. The Indian version of this global publication was owned by the Tata Group till early 2000s, before being sold to the India Today Group. Which publication are we talking about?
  7. Tata Group’s hospitality off-shoot, Taj Hotels, set up its second international hotel in London’s St. James Court. Where was Taj’s first international hotel?
  8. SP Group's partnership with Tata Sons dates back to 1965. The former is also the largest minority shareholder in Tata Sons. But since 2016 (which was when Cyrus Mistry was ousted as Chairman of Tata Sons), the two business groups have been embroiled in an ugly court battle. What is the current status of the SP-Tata feud?
  9. India’s participation in this event was made possible for the first time in 1920 by the efforts of Sir Dorabji Tata. He funded the representative(s) of the Indian delegation. Name the event.
  10. Fill in the blank: In 1952, troubled by the lack of domestic competition in the Indian cosmetic industry, PM Jawaharlal Nehru asked JRD Tata to find a solution. Thus, Lakmé came into being, initially as a subsidiary of Tata Oil Mills. In 1996, Tata sold Lakmé to consumer goods company _______.


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