(1924–1983) was an Indian entrepreneur
best known as the former Chairman of the India-based United Breweries Group
Youngest of the three children of an army doctor Lt. Col. Dr. Bantwal Ganapathi Mallya, Vittal Mallya capped an academic career with two of India's most prestigious educational institutions, The Doon School
and Presidency College, Kolkata
, and traveled abroad for over two years to gain first-hand practical knowledge that he believed to be a lot more valuable than formal education. In 1947, at the age of 22, Mallya was elected as United Breweries' first Indian director. After a year, he replaced R.G.N.Price as the chairman of the company.
Mallya initially operated from Calcutta
and married much later after he became the chairman of United Breweries Limited. He migrated to Bangalore
with his wife, Lalitha Ramaiah and son, Vijay Mallya
Despite the ill health that followed a massive heart attack at a relatively young age of 39, Mallya slowly and steadily built the UB Empire and diversified into a host of allied businesses. His business acumen was evident when he defied all odds to acquire a host of breweries
during the heady days of prohibition of the Janata Party
regime of Morarji Desai.
In the early '80s, Mallya started handing over the mantle of control - primarily beer and spirits - of the large UB Empire to his son Vijay Mallya
, whom he had sent to the United States
to train with some of the best global corporations. At the... Read More