Everyone out there is getting a gash over the topic of Arrest And Bail Of The King Of Good Times: Vijay Mallya because he owes a big amount of Rs. 9,000 crores to the government banks of India. We can never deny the fact that he has created his own kingdom with all the fancy things he wants and loves. He grew up in the streets and lanes of Calcutta with his mother and father. He took over the business at the matured age of 27 years when his father left the burden of a non-profitable business on his little shoulders. He got the real numbers of the company to the line by getting a turnover of over 4 billions and market value of USD 12 billion. There are many unknown facts about this personality, some of them are:
He has done his schooling from La Martiniere, Calcutta and did B.Comm (Hons.) from St Xavier's College, Calcutta. He also has a Doctorate of Philosophy in Business Administration (Honoris Causa) from Southern California University, Irvine, USA.
His first interaction with politics was in 2002 when he got elected to Rajya Sabha as an independent member from his native state of Karnataka and got the support from Congress and Janata Dal (Secular). He was re-elected for a second term in 2010 with the backing of BJP and JD(S).
He has his own TV channel NDTV Good Times. He has served RCB cricket team as a director owning Royal Challengers Sports Private Limited, from which he did resign after the Kingfisher case. He is also the Director of 10 million dollar companies which include United Breweries, a pharmaceutical company and a CropScience company which is into seeds and pest control.
He settled the winning bid of £175,000 at an auction in London in 2004 for the sword of Tipu Sultan and brought it back to its place in India.
He has also placed a successful bid of US $1.8 million in March 2009 for the belongings of Mahatma Gandhi in a New York auction. It initially caused chaos in India, and the government tried but failed to get it away from the hammer.
He is a linguist. He fluently speaks Bengali, Hindi, English, Kannada, Konkani and Gujarati. He has also learned French under the supervision of an expert.
He has a big diamond studded 'VJM' bracelet and big ruby, diamond and emerald pendant of Lord Venkateshwara. His ears are glorified with the eye-popping solitaires which belong to his grandmother.
He is also famous for his religious nature. He has applied to get the gold-plated roof of the Sanctum Sanctorum. Initially, the offering got a lot of criticism, but finally, Kerala High Court allowed his donation of 32 Kg of gold and 1,900 Kg of copper to gold-plate the roof of the temple. This donation reportedly cost him Rs 18 crore. Inspiring from the beauty of Subramanya Temple, he donated gold plated doors for the security purpose.
Every new plane purchased by Kingfisher must have to spread its wings in the direction of Tirupati. The new plane has to explore the shrine of Lord Venkateshwara before being available to the public.
He is so much concerned about the things he buys. Whether it be a shirt, a pair of shoes, a yacht, a hotel or an island, he spends a lot of time on research. He has a deep knowledge about the things he is buying, and he takes decisions accordingly.
He engraved his name in the history books of the best businessmen of India. And we know, it's huge!