Kailash Chandra Mahindra was born in 1894 in Ludhiana, Punjab. He was educated at the Government College in Lahore, where his scholastic aptitude shone through. At Cambridge, he earned Honours, played hockey, and took a keen interest in rowing. After graduating, he joined Messrs. Martin & Company, where he edited the monthly magazine INDIA, and briefly, the Hindustan Review.
In 1942, KC was appointed Head of the Indian Purchasing Mission in the USA. Returning to India in 1945, he became the Chairman of the Indian Coal Fields Committee of the Government of India and also of the Automobile and Tractor panel.
In 1946, KC moved to Bombay to found Mahindra & Mohammed with his brother JC Mahindra. Under his 13-year stewardship as Chairman, M&M established itself as a major Indian industrial powerhouse in several sectors. A glittering career also saw KC serve as Director of the Reserve Bank of India, Air India, and Hindustan Steel.