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His conglomerate, with varied business interests from pharmaceuticals to packaging and financial services to real estate, is quick to spot opportunities and add value. He picked up an 11 per cent stake in Vodafone India and then sold it this April, reaping a Rs.3,000-crore profit in less than three years.
He announced a Rs.3,000-crore strategic alliance with the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in February for residential development debt financing in India, thereby tapping the potential of real estate financing in India.
He played polo and still has horses in the Mahalaxmi Race Course stable.
He is the chairman of Pratham, India's largest non-governmental organisation in the education sector, reaching out to nearly 34 million children through its 'Read India'campaign.