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Business scions in 2014
In 2014 a host of business family scions were already learning the ropes in their respective groups.
Adani Gautam Adani’s son Karan, who got married in 2013, is helping shape Mundra into a leading global port operator.
Karan Adani | Father: Gautam Adani | Born: 1987 | Education: Purdue University | Role: Director, APSEZ.
Ambani/Mukesh Akash Ambani | Father: Mukesh Ambani | Born: 1992 | Education: Brown University | Role: Helped launch Rel Jio.
Isha Ambani | Father: Mukesh Ambani | Born: 1992 | Education: Yale University | Role: Consultant, McKinsey.
Ambani/Anil Jai Anmol Ambani | Father: Anil Ambani | Born: 1992 | Education: Warwick B-School | Role: Joined Reliance Cap.
Agarwal Vedanta Group chairman Anil Agarwal’s son Agnivesh, who’s based out of Dubai, is taking care of the metals trading business while his daughter Priya is a non-executive director at Cairn India and handles CSR and branding activities.
Priya Agarwal | Father: Anil Agarwal | Born: 1990 Education: University of Warwick Role: Non-executive director, Cairn India.
Chauhan Jayanti Chauhan | Father: Ramesh Chauhan | Born: 1985 | Education: School of Oriental and African Studies | Role: Director, Bisleri Group.
Goenka RPG Group chairman Harsh Goenka’s son Anant Goenka became the managing director of CEAT Ltd at 30.
Anant Goenka | Father: Harsh Goenka | Born: 1982 | Education: Kellogg School of Management | Role: MD, CEAT.
Nadar HCL promoter Shiv Nadar’s daughter Roshni is stepping out of her father’s shadow to make a foray into the healthcare business.
Roshni Nadar | Father: Shiv Nadar | Born: 1981 | Education: Kellogg School of Management | Role: ED & CEO, HCL.
Tanti Suzlon Group chairman Tulsi Tanti’s son Pranav, on the other hand, is working to improve the group’s financials for a turnaround in 2015.
Disputes in business families
OTHER BIZ FAMILY DISPUTES IN RECENT YEARS
The Times of India Jun 10 2015
THE AMBANIS A mbani brothers Mukesh and Anil fought a bitter battle for the control of Reliance empire after their father and group's founder Dhirubhai Ambani died in July 2002 without leaving a will. Their mother Kokilaben brokered a deal in June 2005, leading to a split of the Reliance group, with Mukesh getting control of oil and gas, refining and petrochemicals businesses while Anil took over power, telecom and financial services
KAPOOR VS KAPUR YES Bank was promoted by veteran bankers Rana Kapoor and his brotherin-law Ashok Kapur. Both held equal stake in the bank. Kapur was killed in 2008 during the 2611 terror attacks at the Taj Mahal hotel. Five years after Kapur's death, his wife Madhu moved the Bombay high court seeking to get her daughter Shagun Kapur Gogia appointed on the board of the bank. Rana Kapoor, however, took the stand that board positions were determined by RBI's fit-andproper criteria.The matter is pending in court
THE MAFATLALS The Mafatlal dispute landed in court in 2005 a few years after the patriarch, Yogendra Mafatlal, died. The fight began when Madhuri Mafatlal disowned younger son Atulya (right) after he denied her and brother Ajay -formerly his sister -access to parts of the Mafatlal bungalow. Pending cases include allegations of domestic violence levelled against Ajay by his socialite sister-in-law Sheetal Mafatlal and a liquidation case involving Atulya's company
THE SHROFFS An ownership dispute between the siblings at the country's top law firm Amarchand Mangaldas was triggered by their mother's will. Bharti Shroff had willed her entire interest in the law firm to elder son Shardul (right) and this was contested by the younger son, Cyril, dragging the matter to court.The brothers later settled the dispute amicably and divided the business among themselves
THE SINGHANIAS Industrialist Vijaypat Singhania's four grandchildren -Ananya, Rasaalika, Tarini and Raivathari -dragged him, their father Madhupati, mother Anuradha and Raymond to court challenging the family agreement signed in 1998 by their father.Madhupati, the estranged son of Vijaypat Singhania, had relinquished his share of wealth and property and moved to Singapore while his younger brother Gautam was given charge of Raymond
Dying in poverty (sportsmen)
Celebs who died in poverty The Times of India
Dhyan Chand Major Dhyan Chand's contribution to the field of team hockey goes beyond words. He helped India win three gold medals in the Olympics held in 1928, 1932 and 1936. He died penniless in 1979, uncared for in a hospital, receiving a meagre pension.
Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav was a wrestler from India who paid for his own travel and lodging to be able to participate at the 1952 Olympics. He won bronze in bantamweight wrestling, becoming the first individual Olympics medalist from India. He died penniless in 1984
Makhan Singh At the peak of his powers, the legendary Milkha Singh was beaten by Makhan Singh at the 1962 National Games in Calcutta. He won gold and silver at the 1962 Asian Games as well as 16 medals at the National Games. But after losing a leg in an accident, his life went on a downward spiral. He died in utter poverty in 2002 and his wife has since been forced to pawn all his medals.
Shankar Laxman is known to be one of the greatest goalkeeper to have ever played Hockey for India. He is known for his excellent goalkeeping skills in the famous India-Pakistan encounter in 1964 Tokyo Olympics. As his career ended, Laxman struggled financially. He lived the final years of his life in penury, and died at the age of 73 after suffering from gangrene in one leg.
Expensive Celebrity Homes
Ambani Estimated at a worth of around Rs 4500 crore, the iconic 400,000 square foot residential building - Antilia belongs to the chairman of Reliance Industries, Mukesh Ambani. Located in Altamount Road in Mumbai, Antilia has a health spa, parking space for 168 cars, multiple swimming pools, a yoga studio, nine elevators in the lobby and a floor with vehicle maintenance facility.
Khan Shah Rukh Khan's palatial bungalow 'Mannat' in Mumbai. SRK's house is estimated at approx Rs 2000 cr.
Mittal Laxmi Mittal's residence at 18-19 Kensington Palace Gardens-which was purchased from Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone in 2004 for 57 million pounds (US$128 million)- made it the world's most expensive house at the time. The house is decorated with marble taken from the same quarry that supplied the Taj Mahal. The extravagant show of wealth has been referred to as the "Taj Mittal". It has 12 bedrooms, an indoor pool, Turkish baths and parking for 20 cars.
Tata Ratan Tata's new white bungalow at Colaba. For his new 13,350-sq-ft bungalow in Colaba, Tata Group ex-chairman Ratan Tata chooses elegance over extravagance.
Tendulkar This is Sachin Tendulkar's abode situated at the junction of Perry Cross Road and Turner Road (near Otters Club) in Mumbai.
How they met: political couples
Love stories in Politics
Abdullah Omar Abdullah, the current chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, met his wife Payal while they were both working at The Oberoi, Delhi. Omar was then a young marketing executive in the same hotel chain. They got married on September 1, 1994. However, now the couple is seperated.
Bhutto Having already carved a niche in Pakistan politics, Benazir Bhutto met Asif Ali Zardari in 1987. Soon love blossomed between them and the couple agreed to marry each other. They got married in 1987. However, in 1996, Zardari got arrested on charges of corruption, following the collapse of the Bhutto government. He was released in 2004. After Bhutto's assasination in 2007, Zardari led his party to victory in the 2008 general elections and became the president of Pakistan.
Dharmendra and Hema Malini took to politics after a super-successful career in Indian film industry. The couple fell in love on the sets of historical film Sholay and soon decided to get married. The couple even converted to Islam to marry each other.
Gandhi Indira Gandhi met Feroze in Europe and the couple soon fell in love. The couple eventually decided to take the nuptial vows in 1942.
Gandhi Priyanka Gandhi first met Robert Vadra at a party organised by their friends. Love blossomed and both agreed to take their relationship ahead after six years of dating.
Gandhi Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi's love story blossomed when they met each other in 1965. They dated for three years and took their relationship forward by tying the knot in 1968.
Gandhi Sanjay Gandhi, the son of Indira Gandhi, met Maneka when the latter was modelling for Bombay Dyeing. After dating for a few months, the couple tied the knot on September 23, 1974. Sanjay died in a plane crash in 1980. Maneka Gandhi is currently an active politician, animal rights activist and environmentalist.
Pilot Sachin Pilot, son of deceased Congres leader Rajesh Pilot, met Sara, the daughter of former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah, in London. They both fell in love and decided to take their relationship forward. Abdullah family strongly opposed the marriage but the couple was adamant to get married and they finally tied the knot in 2004.
Singh Congres leader Digvijaya Singh accepted his relationship with popular TV anchor Amrita Rai on Twitter. Apparently, their intimate pictures were then doing round on the social network sites. "I have no hesitation in accepting my relationship with Amrita Rai. She and her husband have already filed a mutual consent divorce case", Digvijaya Singh, whose wife succumbed to cancer last year wrote on Twitter. Rai also confirmed her separation from her husband. She added that she would marry Digvijaya Singh.
Tharoor Minister of state for Human Development Shashi Tharoor met Sunanda Pushkar for the first time in the year 2008. The couple soon fell in love and decided to get married. They tied a knot on August 22, 2010. However, their love story came to a tagic end when Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in a hotel on January 17, 2014.
Tiwari Congres leader ND Tiwari has married Ujjwala Sharma, the woman whose son he recently accepted as his own after a lengthy lawsuit. "I'm very happy, Tiwari ji suggested the marriage, it was a low-profile event," Ujjwala Sharma told reporters after the wedding.
Yadav Akhilesh Yadav was 25 years old when he met Dimple who was 21 at that time. The couple liked each other company and soon fell in love. After convicing his father Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh tied the knot with Dimple in 1990. Akhilesh is now the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh while Dimple is Lok Sabha member from Kannauj.
Marriages between prominent business and political families
Business of Marriages
Adani Karan Adani, the son of the king of ports Gautam Adani, recently got married to Paridhi Shroff, the daughter of Cyril Shroff, arguably the biggest name in India's corporate law terrain. The Who's Who of India attended the big fat wedding in Goa.
Aga Khan: Supermodel Kendra Spears married Prince Rahim Aga Khan, son of the Aga Khan, who is the Imam of over 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims spread around the world. The wedding attires were designed by Indian designer Manav Gangwani.
Bhosale Swapnali Bhosale, the daughter of Avinash Bhosale of construction group ABIL, is married to Vishwajit, an educationist and Youth Cogress leader and son of Maharashtra's minister of state for forests, Patangrao Kadam. The nuptial knot was tied at a massive temple set which accommodated a guest list of reportedly one lakh invitees.
Dhoot Saurabh Dhoot, son of Pradeep Dhoot of Videocon Industries, is married to Radhika Singhal, the daughter of Sanjay Singhal, chairman of Bhushan Power and Steel. The Who's Who of India attended the big fat wedding. The rumour has it that Katrina Kaif got Rs 50 lakh to perform at the wedding. Bipasha Basu and Malaika Arora Khan also performed.
Dhoot Tanushri Dhoot from the Videocon family is married to Vivek Biyani, nephew of Kishore Biyani of Big Bazaar and Future Group. The lavish ceremony in Mumbai had a host of political, business, sports and bollywood biggies as attendees.
Hooda Deepender Hooda, son of Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, is married to Shweta, the grand-daughter of Nathuram Mirdha, a former leader of the INC in Rajasthan, and sister of Jyoti Mirdha, a Cogress MP for Nagaur, Rajasthan.
Jhunjhunwala Anil Ambani's R-ADAG group vice-chairman Amitabh Jhunjhunwala's son Abhinav tied the knot with Kolkata jute baron Ghanshyam Sarda's daughter Prerna last year. While Abhinav is a graduate from UC Berkeley and works in Singapore, Prerna is a graduate from New York University, and is in her father's business.
Jindal The Chairman, Managing Director of JSW Steel, Sajjan Jindal's daughter Tanvi Jindal is married to the food services company Radhakrishna Group MD Raju Shete's son Krishna Shete. The couple tied the nuptial knot during an exotic ceremony at Florence, Italy, in June 2010.
Kapoor Raakhe Kapoor, daughter of YES Bank boss Rana Kapoor, is married to entrepreneur Alkesh Tandon. Alkesh is based in Dubai, where he runs Best Interiors, an international boutique design house. He is also related to billionaire Lakshmi Mittal. The wedding, which was held in Delhi, was attended by stars like Vinod Khanna, former tennis star Boris Becker as well as political big wigs including Anand Sharma, P Chidambaram and Salman Khurshid.
Khanna Actor and former BJP MP Vinod Khanna is married to Kavita Daftary, a businesswoman. She is the granddaughter of industrialist Lalchand Hirachand (brother of Walchand Hirachand) through her mother Sharayu Daftary, herself the promoter of Bharat Radiators. (
Mittal In 2004, Lakshmi Mittal's only daughter Vanisha got married to Amit Bhatia, a businessman in London. Amit is the Chairman of Hope Construction Materials, UK's largest independent supplier of concrete, cement, aggregates and asphalts. Lakshmi MIttal spent 30 million pound (Rs.240 crore), on the 6-day extravaganza, making it one of the most expensive Indian weddings ever.
Murthy Rohan Murthy (Infosys) wed Lakshmi Venu (TVS). The two-line reference giving their fathers' names has been removed in deference to the wishes of one of their relatives. The original can be seen at The Times of India
Nikhil Nanda, JMD of Escorts Group, is married to Shweta Bachchan, daughter of megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan. Nikhil's mother Ritu Nanda is daughter of thespian Raj Kapoor.
Panda Baijayant Panda, Biju Janta Dal MP, is married to Jaggi, co-founder of Ortel Communications, a broadband company in Orissa.
Patel Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Praful Patel's second daughter Niyati is married to Samarth Parekh, son of Utsav Parekh, a well-known financial advisor to many renowned industry groups, also a veteran fund manager and entrepreneur. He is also on the board of several companies.
Pilot Sachin Pilot, Union minister for corporate affairs and son of Late Cogress MP Rajesh Pilot, is married to Sara, daughter of Farooq Abdullah, Union minister for new & renewable energy, and sister of Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah.
Reddy Veteran Andhra Pradesh Cogress leader T Subbarami Reddy's daughter Pinky is married to V Sanjay Reddy, son of GVK Reddy of the GVK Group. Sanjay is the vice-chairman of the Indian conglomerate with diversified interests across various sectors.
Roy Sushanto Roy, the son of Sahara Chief Subrata Roy, got married to Richa, the daughter of Lucknow-based Aamesh Ahuja. Four days later, Saharasri's second son Seemanto Roy married Chandni, the daughter of Lt. Col. Malkiyat Singh Toor. More than 11,000 invitees from around the world descended at Sahara Shaher, the imposing township of Sahara India in Lucknow, for the big fat weddings.
Shukla Union minister of state for parliamentary affairs and Chairman of Indian Premier League, Rajeev Shukla is married to Anurradha Prasad, MD of BAG Films, an integrated media and entertainment brand in India. Anurradha Prasad is the sister of BJP leader and former Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Sinha Nikhil Kumar, Governor of Kerala and former Delhi top cop – and son of former Bihar CM SN Sinha – is married to former MP Shyama Sinha, sister of former bureaucrat NK Singh (a Rajya Sabha MP). Her younger brother Uday Singh represents Purnea, Bihar, in Lok Sabha. (
Sule Surpiya Sule, MP, and daughter of Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, is married to Sadanand Sule, a businessman and son of BR Sule, who was the MD of Mahindra & Mahindra.
Sexual harassment allegations against celebrities
Celebs accused of sexual crimes
Asaram Bapu, Spiritual leader, was denied the bail as the prosecution lawyer claimed during the proceedings that Asaram has paedophilia, a disease which is characterized by sexual interest toward children. The spiritual guru was presented before court of the district and sessions judge on September 30. 2013
L Subramaniam Kavitha Krishnamurthy's husband L Subramaniam found himself in the middle of a sex scandal, when their 27-year-old maid Bhagya lodged a complaint against him at the Sanjay Nagar police station in Bangalore. According to the maid, he had been harassing her for five months for sexual favours, which she didn't yield to. "He had warned me that he would ruin my reputation" she said.
Premananda or Trichy Sai Baba was awarded life imprisonment in 1994 for two terms on the charges of multiple criminal offences including rape and murder. Premananda was punished for raping inmates of his ashram and carrying out medical terminations of some of the consequent pregnancies with the help of a couple of associates.