Premji is an Indian business tycoon and philanthropist who was the Chairman of Wipro Limited, a leader in the software industry, and remains non-executive director of the board. In 2011, he was awarded Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award by the Government of India. In 2013, he signed the Giving Pledge, agreeing to give away at least half of his wealth and has given away billions in charity since then. The Azim Premji Foundation supports programmes that reach more than 2.5 million children. It also pledged $134 million towards providing aid for the COVID-19 pandemic.