The eldest surviving son of one of India's first business family of Ghanshyam Das Birla, K K Birla also served as a Member of the Rajya Sabha. The chairman of Hindustan Times and several Birla group of industries is survived by three daughters Nandini Nupani, Shobhana Bhartia, who is vice chairperson and editorial advisor of Hindustan Times and Saroj Potddar. In 1991, he established the K K Birla Foundation to promote Hindi literature and is the Chancellor of the Birla Institute of Technology and Science at Pilani.
K K Birla was also the group chairman of the Zuari-Chambal group of companies, India's largest fertilizer combine in private sector. The K K Birla Group, also owns the largest sugar crushing capacity in India as a group. The group also owns the Hindustan Times Media Ltd. His wife Manorama Devi Birla died about a month ago.