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VIJAY MALLYA

VIJAY MALLYA (BORN 18 DECEMBER 1955) IS AN INDIAN BILLIONAIRE AND RAJYA S ABHA MP. THE SON OF INDUSTRIALIST VITTAL MALLYA, HE IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE UNITED BREWERIES GROUP AND KINGFISHER AIRLINES, WHICH DRAWS ITS NAME FROM UNITED BREWERIES GROUP'S FLAGSHIP BEER BRAND, KINGFISHER. MALLYA IS ORIGINALLY FROM THE TOWN OF BANTWAL (NEAR MANGALORE) IN KARNATAKA. HE WAS EDUCATED AT LA MARTINIERE BOYS' COLLEGE, CALCUTTA IN KOLKATA[3] AND COMPLETED HIS DEGREE FROM S T. X AVIER' S COLLEGE, CALCUTTA UNDER CALCUTTA UNIVERSITY. HE LATER SET UP BUSINESS VENTURES IN DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. MALLYA IS MARRIED TWICE. HIS FIRST WIFE WAS S AMEERA AND THEY HAVE A SON TOGETHER, NAMED SIDHARTHA VIJAY MALLYA. L ATER ON, HE MARRIED REKHA AND HAS TWO DAUGHTERS LEANA MALLYA AND TANYA MALLYA AND ONE SON.

BUSINESS

BREWERIES

M ALLYA TOOK OVER AS CHAIRMAN OF THE UNITED B REWERIES GROUP IN 1984. SINCE THEN, THE GROUP HAS GROWN INTO A MULTI- NATIONAL CONGLOMERATE OF OVER SIXTY COMPANIES WITH AN ANNUAL TURNOVER WHICH HAS INCREASED BY 639% TO US$11.2 BILLION IN 1998-1999 . THE FOCAL BUSINESS AREAS OF THE GROUP ENCOMPASS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, LIFE SCIENCES, ENGINEERING, AGRICULTURE , CHEMICALS, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, AVIATION AND LEISURE . HE OWNED M CDOWELL CREST .

IN M AY 2007, UNITED B REWERIES GROUP ANNOUNCED THE ALL-CASH ACQUISITION OF SCOTCH WHISKY MAKER WHYTE & MACKAY FOR 595 MILLION (APPROXIMATELY RS 6000 CRORE).[4] IN 2005 HE TOOK OVER MILLENNIUM B REWERIES LTD (FORMERLY KNOWN AS INERTIA INDUSTRIES LTD), WHICH OWNED THE TWO PREMIUM BEER BRANDS NAMED S ANDPIPER AND ZINGARO.

AIRLINES

IN 2005, VIJAY MALLYA ESTABLISHED KINGFISHER AIRLINES. AT PRESENT, THE AIRLINE CONNECTS 32 CITIES. KINGFISHER AIRLINES OBTAINED A 26% STAKE IN AIR DECCAN, A LOW COST INDIAN AIRLINE WHICH M ALLYA LATER ACQUIRED FULLY AND INTEGRATED INTO HIS KINGFISHER FLEET, REBRANDING IT AS KINGFISHER RED. VIJAY MALLYA AND HIS JET AIRWAYS COUNTERPART NARESH GOYAL ANNOUNCED AN ALLIANCE AFTER A MARATHON MEETING ON 13 OCTOBER 2008 AT M UMBAI, INDIA.

Association with sportsFORMULA ONE

IN 2007, M ALLYA AND THE M OL FAMILY FROM THE NETHERLANDS BOUGHT THE SPYKER F1 TEAM FOR 88 MILLION EUROS.[6] THE TEAM CHANGED ITS NAME TO FORCE INDIA F1 FROM THE 2008 SEASON.[7] TEAM 'S CAR VJM-01 WAS NAMED AFTER ITS OWNERS VIJAY M ALLYA, JAN M OL AND M ICHIEL MOL.

FOOTBALL

M ALLYA'S UNITED B REWERIES SPONSORS THE EAST BENGAL AND M OHUN B AGAN FOOTBALL CLUBS IN K OLKATA. IN 2008 HE WAS LINKED WITH BUYING INTO THE NEW REVOLUTION AT QUEENS PARK RANGERS FC, AS PART OF THE BERNIE ECCLESTONE, FLAVIO BRIATORE AND LAKSHMI M ITTAL CONSORTIUM.

CRICKET

M ALLYA'S FLAGSHIP FIRM UB GROUP OWNS THE ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE TEAM IN THE INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE. HE WON THIS TEAM IN AN AUCTION BY PAYING US$111.6 MILLION FOR THE TEAM. THE ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE TEAM INCLUDES PLAYERS LIKE RAHUL DRAVID, ANIL KUMBLE , KEVIN PIETERSEN, JACQUES K ALLIS, SHIVNARINE CHANDERPAUL, ROBIN UTHAPPA, MARK B OUCHER, SUNIL JOSHI, M ISBAH-UL-HAQ, ROSS TAYLOR AND DALE STEYN.

HORSE RACINGM ALLYA ALSO OWNS THE COMPANY, UNITED RACING AND B LOODSTOCK B REEDERS (URBB) WHICH HAS INTERESTS IN HORSE RACING. URBB RUNS THE K UNIGAL STUD FARM, UNDER LEASE FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF K ARNATAKA.

POLITICAL CAREER

M ALLYA ENTERED POLITICS IN 2000 AND REPLACED SUBRAMANIAN SWAMY AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE JANATA PARTY, A BREAKAWAY FACTION OF THE ORIGINAL JANATA DAL PARTY. HIS PARTY CONTESTED ALMOST ALL OF THE 224 SEATS DURING THE K ARNATAKA STATE LEGISLATIVE ELECTION. HE CAMPAIGNED VIGOROUSLY THROUGH THE MEDIA, BUT HIS PARTY FAILED TO MAKE ANY IMPACT AND DID NOT WIN A SINGLE SEAT. FOLLOWING THE PARTY'S FAILURE IN THE ELECTIONS, IT HAS BEEN LARGELY IGNORED BY THE MEDIA.

AUCTION PURCHASES

VIJAY MALLYA IS NOTED FOR HIS SUCCESSFUL BIDDING IN AUCTION OF ITEMS THAT ARE CONSIDERED OF GREAT CULTURAL VALUE TO INDIA. IN 2004, HE PLACED THE WINNING BID OF 175,000 FOR THE SWORD OF TIPU S ULTAN AT AN AUCTION IN LONDON, AND BROUGHT IT BACK TO INDIA.[10] IN M ARCH 2009, M ALLYA SUCCESSFULLY BIDDED FOR THE BELONGINGS OF MAHATMA GANDHI AT US$1.8 MILLION, IN A NEW YORK AUCTION THAT INITIALLY CAUSED AN UPROAR IN INDIA AND ITS GOVERNMENT TRIED AND FAILED TO PREVENT IT FROM GOING UNDER THE HAMMER.

ACHIEVEMENTS

ESTABLISHMENT OF MALLYA HOSPITAL IN BANGALORE. THE HOSPITAL IS LOCATED IN VITTAL MALLYA ROAD, NAMED AFTER HIS FATHER.

HELPED TO FUND THE M ALLYA ADITI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, A PRESTIGIOUS PRIVATE SCHOOL IN B ANGALORE .

INDIAN EMPRESS

INDIAN EMPRESS IS ONE OF THE LARGEST PRIVATE YACHTS IN THE WORLD AT 311 FEET 8 INCHES (95 METRES) IN LENGTH. LAUNCHED IN 2000 AS AL MIRQAB, SHE WAS FINISHED AT THE OCEANCO YARD IN HOLLAND TO THE DESIGN OF THE A GROUP AFTER HAVING HAD HER HULL ASSEMBLED IN DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA. T HE YACHT WAS OWNED BY A QATARI ROYAL FAMILY MEMBER, AFTER WHICH IT WAS COMMISSIONED TO S AMPAT RABANI, WHO SOLD HER TO INDIAN BILLIONAIRE VIJAY MALLYA IN 2006. INDIAN EMPRESS IS POWERED BY THREE 10,000-HP MTU 20-CYLINDER ENGINES, AND HAS THREE PROPELLERS ENABLING HER TO REACH SPEEDS OF UP TO 24 KNOTS. HER CRUISING GROUNDS INCLUDE THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA AND THE INDIAN OCEAN. MALLYA ALSO OWNS INDIAN PRINCESS, A 181 FOOT (55 METER) MOTOR YACHT BUILT BY STERLING YACHT & SHIPBUILDERS IN JAPAN IN 1986.

Car CollectionDR VIJAY MALLYA TOOK THE REINS AS CHAIRMAN OF THE UB GROUP IN 1983 AND SINCE THEN, THE GROUP HAS GROWN INTO A MULTI-NATIONAL BUSINESS CONGLOMERATE OF OVER 60 COMPANIES WITH AN ANNUAL TURNOVER WHICH HAS INCREASED BY 439% TO US$ 1.2 BILLION IN 1998-99 DESPITE THE FREQUENT DEVALUATION OF CURRENCIES IN MANY DEVELOPING COUNTRIES, INCLUDING INDIA, WHERE THE GROUP OPERATES. T HE FOCAL BUISNESS AREA OF THE GROUP ENCOMPASS BEVERAGE ALCOHOL, LIFE S CIENCES, ENGINEERING, AGRICULTURE AND CHEMICALS, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND LEISURE.

BRILLIANT ORATOR AND SPORTSMAN, VIJAY MALLYA HAS WON TROPHIES ON THE PROFESSIONAL CAR RACING CIRCUITS AND IS A KEEN YACHTMAN AND AVIATOR. HE IS INVOLVED IN A VARIETY OF SPORT BY WAY OF PERSONALPARTICIPATION AS WELL AS PROMOTION OF SPORT AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES BY STEERING VARIUS SPONSORSHIPS.

AMONGEST HIS MUSEUM COLLECTION OF HISTORIC RARE AUTOMOBILES ARE JAGUARS, FERRARIS, ALFA ROMEOS AND MERCEDES BENZ.

VIJAY MALLYA HAS ALWAYS BELIEVED THAT CORPORATE ENTERPRISE MUST HAVE A STRONG SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY TOWARDS SOCIETY AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE NEEDY . T O THIS END VIJAY MALLYA HAS ACHIEVED THE FOLLOWING:

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE MALLYA HOSPITAL IN BANGALORE , INDIA WITH CHARITY WARD. THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE MALLYA-ADITI INTRNATIONAL SCHOOL IN BANGALORE , INDIA, WITH A SECTION FOR SUBSIDIZED EDUCATION.

SPONSORSHIPS OF SPORTING EVENTS FOR THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED AND POOR. CONTRIBUTIONS TO: THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM, LONDON; PRINCE 'S YOUTH TRUST; AND THE DUKE OF ENDINBURGH AWARDS SCHEME .

HE HAS A COLLECTION FROM THE HUMMER BICYCLE TO THE GREAT ROLLS ROYCE .

HUMMER MERCEDES BENZ JAGUAR JAGUARSPORT FERRARI LOTUS BMW ENSIGN ALL AMERICAN RACING JAGUAR FERRARI MCLAREN FERRARI SHELBY AMERICA MERCEDES BENZ OSCA EDSEL FORD CHEVROLET MERCEDES BENZ ALLARD PORSCHE JAGUAR ALFA ROMEO AUTO SHIPPERS SCHWINN (WIZZER) FORD MERCEDES SUNBEAM HARLEY-DAVIDSON ROLLS ROYCE

CORPORATE FAMILY

SQUARERADIUS

SQUARE RADIUS A SUBSIDARY OF UBICS HELPS IN TRANSFORMING YOUR ORGANIZATION INTO A ROBUST TECHNOLOGY ENABLED ENTERPRISE . B EING THE SUBSIDARY OF UB GROUP IT IS GLOBAL IN SCOPE WHICH BROADLY INCLUDES UNITED S TATES, EUROPE , AND ASIA. S QUARERADIUS' CAPABILITIES INCLUDE FRONT-END WEB DEVELOPMENT , BRANDING, AND GRAPHIC DESIGN, AS WELL AS BACK -END DATABASE ENGINEERING, SYSTEM INTEGRATION, NETWORK ADMINISTRATION AND CUSTOM APPLICATION DEVELOPMEN

DSF Internet Services

DSF INTERNET SERVICES A SUBSIDARY OF UBICS IS GEARED TO PROVIDE COMPLETE SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS TO THE FIRMS. W ITH A BREAKTHROUGH DEVELOPMENT OR CREATIVE EDGE SOLUTIONS IN THE POWER OF TECHNICAL INNOVATION.

BREWERIES DIVISION

KINGFISHER IS THE COMPANY OPERATING IN THE BREWERIES DIVISION OF THE UB GROUP. KINGFISHER- THE BEER BRANDS MANUFACTURED AND MARKETED BY UNITED B REWERIES LTD. HAVE ALWAYS BEEN RECOGNISED FOR THEIR INTERNATIONAL QUALITY . T HAT S BEER AT ITS BEST FOR THE DISCERNING CONSUMER! KINGFISHER IS AVAILABLE IN 52 countries across the globe and the only beer brand in India that can be purchased online.

MCDOWELL & CO. LTD.

THE UB GROUP SPIRITS DIVISION COMPRISES MCDOWELL & COMPANY, HERBERTSONS LTD AND MCDOWELL INTERNATIONAL BRANDS LIMITED. MCDOWELL HAS THE LARGEST PORTFOLIO OF 53 BRANDS. CLICK HERE TO KNOW THE MCDOWELL'S REFRESHING AND INFORMATIVE JOURNEY TO SUCCESS OF THEIR BRANDS AND THE PEOPLE BEHIND THEM.

MANGALORE CHEMICALS & FERTILIZERS LIMITED

MANGALORE CHEMICALS & FERTILIZERS LIMITED , A LARGE AND DIVERSIFIED INDIAN BUSINESS HOUSE THAT HAS, OVER THE YEARS. MANGALORE CHEMICALS & FERTILIZERS LIMITED A PART OF T HE UB GROUP FERTILIZERS DIVISION HAS GROWN TO BECOME THE FOREMOST MULTINATIONAL ORGANIZATION BASED IN THE SUB-CONTINENT WITH OPERATIONS IN MANY WORLD MARKETS. T HE ONLY MANUFACTURER OF FERTILIZERS IN KARNATAKA, INDIA. THE GROUP HAS INTERESTS IN BREWING, DISTILLING, FERTILIZERS, LIFE SCIENCES, ENGINEERING AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY .

UB BUSINESS CENTRE

UB BUSINESS CENTRE IS A PART OF THE UB GROUP'S APPAREL DIVISION, ONE OF THE LARGEST AND SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS CENTRE IN DUBAI SPECIFICALLY OPERATING IN THE INFRASTRUCTURE SECTOR.

UBICS INC.

THE FASTEST GROWING SOFTWARE COMPANY IN THE US. UBICS' IS ONE OF THE WORLD CLASS, FULL-SERVICE IT SOLUTIONS COMPANY OF THE UB GROUP. UBICS' IS DEDICATED TO STRATEGIZING AND PROVIDING INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) PROFESSION