Qimat Rai Gupta ~ From A College Drop Out to Billionaire
When a college drop out turned small trader (in electrical products) bought a brand from a Delhi trader back in 1971, it didn’t seem like much. There were no buildings or other assets that came with it. Slowly, the businessman started selling switchgear, cables, lights and fans in rural India. In 2007, he acquired Germany-based Sylvania Lighting and successfully turned around the company.
His company at present provides mid-day meals to 50,000 students in government schools in Alwar district in Rajasthan. Today the same drop out Qimat Rai Gupta have entered the billionaire club for first time (Number 48 with $ 2 Billion asset). The brand he owns is “Havells.”
Ravi Pillai ~ From A Farmer’s Son to Billionaire
Born into a family of farmers near Kollam in Kerala, Ravi Pillai says that he had always wanted to become an entrepreneur. As a first step, he started a chit fund. While that proved profitable, he soon realised there was more to be gained from the booming construction sector.
In the early 1970s, he began doing sub-contracting work for companies in the chemical and oil refinery business. n 1979, Pillai moved to Saudi Arabia with whatever little money he had saved. Today, he is a construction baron (MD RP Group of Companies) and ranks number 30 in India’s richest 100 with $2.8 billion asset.
Desh Bandhu Gupta ~ From a Frustrated Professor and Scientist to Billionaire
“If you have a passion to win, nothing can come between you and your goal,” tells the story of Desh Bandhu Gupta, then a professor now a billionaire. It all started in the year 1968 when Desh Bandhu Gupta dreamt to fight life infectious diseases by working as an associate professor at BITS, Pilani. To pursue his dream, he left his job and borrowed Rs. 5000 from his wife to start a small pharma company. Desh Bandhu Gupta is now a proud owner of his baby “Lupin” and also a billionaire with assets around $4.8 billion.
Vikas Oberoi ~ From The Most Underrated to a Billionaire
One of the most underrated personalities in the realty estate, Vikas Oberoi is a proud owner of Oberoi Realty, a reliable lifestyle construction company. His story is inspiring to all the young buds of business family – He inherited his father’s Oberoi Construction only to turn and expand it into something as big as Oberoi Realty. His Partnerships include: Oberoi Associates, R.S. Associates, R.S.V. Associates and Wellworth
Sameer Gehlaut ~ From Young Entrepreneur to Billionaire
India’s youngest self made billionaire for 6th year now, the story of Sameer Gehlaut is an inspiration in itself. In 2000, at the age of 26, Sameer started Indiabulls, after acquiring a stock brokerage company. The office had only a tin roof and two computers.
8 years later in 2008, Indiabulls became one among the leading financial services company and Gehlaut with $1.2 billion became the youngest Indian billionaire at the age of 34. This year, too Sameer is the youngest billionaire in the Forbes list. Anybody up there in the making to break his record?
Nandan Nilekeni ~ From an Executive to A Billionaire
Here is a real story of rags to riches – The self-acclaimed man Nandan Nilekeni started his inspirational journey as an employer at Patni Computer Systems in 1978. Three years later Nilekeni along with five others left Patni to start their own enterprise, “Infosys”. Nilekani later in 2002 was designated as CEO of Infosys.
In 2009, Nilekeni left Infosys to serve as the chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDA), under the invitation of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. A journey full of success and achievements, Nandan Nilekeni’s story is inspiring for all the young minds looking to become successful entrepreneurs. He ranks number 66 with $1.5 Billion asset in Forbes 2014 List of India’s richest people.
Nirav Modi ~From Jewelry Designer to Billionaire
Nirav Modi was born with a silver spoon but this is not the reason why he is in Forbes list of India’s richest man – He is a billionaire because of his love and passion towards jewelry designing. It all began as an experiment when Nirav designed an earring for a friend. Well appreciated, he tried his luck at the International level with a Golconda Necklace.
To his surprise, the necklace was sold for Rs. 16.29 crore at Christie’s Autumn Jewelery Auction. He was barely 30 then. Today at the age of 43, he has created a brand “Nirav Modi” which is world famous when it comes to jewelry designing. No wonder, Nirav is the new entrant in the billionaire list with $1.5 Billion asset at number 63.
T.S. Kalyanaraman ~ From a Shop Owner to Billionaire
At the age of 12, Kalyanaraman helped his father in their Textile business. Years later in 1993 he started his first shop named Kalyan Jewelers on his own by investing Rs. 75 lakhs. Today, Kalyan Jewelers is the largest jewelry chain in India with 58 showrooms across India. 67 year old T.S. Kalyanaraman with $1.1 Billion asset is 87th richest man in India and enters the Forbes list for the very first time.
Lakshman Das Mittal ~ From Bankrupt to Billionaire
Irfan Razzack ~ From Jugaadu to Billionaire
Uday Kotak ~ From a MBA Graduate to Billionaire
A young boy living in a joint family comprising of 60 people had an option of joining the family business of cotton trade. But, instead he choose to borrow money from family and friends to put into his dream which he believed. With 30 lakhs, he started his venture on his own and today his finance company is a commercial bank.
The man in question is Kotak Mahindra Bank’s Uday Kotak. Uday’s story might not be rags to riches story, but his steps in this journey to become one of the richest man in India (#15 with $6.1 billion asset) is a lesson and inspiration to many, especially those who have a backing and sources but still are clueless how to proceed.