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Ever since the board of Tata Sons Ltd, the holding company of the $100-billion Tata Group, sacked Cyrus Mistry as its chairman, both sides have been at loggerheads with each other and a full-fledged boardroom war has ensued.
Ratan Naval Tata was born to Naval Hormusji Tata and Soonoo Commissariat, his first wife.
Naval, however, wasn’t born into the main Tata family. He was born in a middle class Parsi family in Bombay in 1904, to Hormusji Tata, a spinning mill master, who died when Naval was just four.
Hirabai Daboo, the wife of Jamshedji Tata, who founded the Tata empire in the 19th century, had a sister Cooverbai Daboo. Cooverbai married Shapoorji Rao, with whom she had a daughter named Ratanbai Rao.
Ratanbai married Hormusji Tata and Naval was born to the couple in 1904. So, although Naval was later adopted by the Tata family, he wasn’t a rank outsider, as he was born to the niece of the group founder’s wife.
Group founder Jamshedji Tata had an uncle (mother’s brother) named Dadabhoy Tata. He had one son, Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata, who became one of the partners in Tata Sons.
Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy (JRD) Tata was the second of Ratanji’s five children from his second wife, a Frenchwoman Suzanne Briare.
Not directly, but his sister Aloo Mistry is married to Noel Tata, Ratan Tata’s half-brother. The Mistry family has,
however, had business relations with the Tatas since the 1930s when they began buying stakes in Tata Sons, and are now the largest shareholders in the holding company, apart from the Tata trusts themselves.