Vijay Mallya (Kannada: ವಜಯ ಮಲ; born 18 December 1955) is an Indian liquor ಯ baron and Rajya Sabha 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. He also owns the Formula One team Force India, the Indian Premier League team Bangalore Royal Challengers, and the I-League team East Bengal FCand Mohun Bagan AC.[3] According to, as of March 2010, Mallya, is worth US $1 billion.[4] He is ranked 937 in The Forbes World Billionaires Ranking (2010). He receives substantial press coverage that focuses on his lavish parties, villas, automobiles, Force India, Royal Challengers Bangalore and his yacht, theIndian Empress.

Personal life
Mallya was born into a Konkani family which originally from the town of Bantwal, near Mangalore, in Karnataka and belongs to the Goud Sarswat Brahmin caste. He is the son of Vittal Mallya and Lalitha Ramaiah. He was educated at La Martiniere for Boys School, Calcutta[5] and completed his degree at St. Xavier's College, Calcutta. He later set up business ventures in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Mallya is married twice. His first wife was Sameera and they have a son together, named Sidhartha Mallya. Sidhartha was educated at Wellington College in Crowthorne followed by Queen Mary's College in the University of London. Later on, he married Rekha and has two daughters Laila and Tanya Mallya and one son.

Mallya took over as Chairman of United Breweries Group in 1984 from his father Vittal Mallya. Since then, the group has grown into a multi-national conglomerate of over sixty companies, with an annual turnover which increased by 63.9% over 15 years to US$11.2 billion in 19981999 . The focal business areas of the group encompass alcoholic beverages, life sciences, engineering, agriculture, chemicals, information technology, aviation andleisure. In May 2007, United Breweries Group announced the all-cash acquisition of scotch whisky maker Whyte & Mackay for £595 million (approximately Rs 6000 crore).[6] In 2005 he took over Millennium Breweries Ltd (formerly known as Inertia Industries Ltd), which owned the two premium beer brands named Sandpiper and Zingaro.

In 2006, Mallya established Kingfisher Airlines.[7] At present, the airline connects 32 cities. Kingfisher Airlines obtained a 26% stake in Air Deccan, a low cost Indian airline which Mallya

Mallya and the Mol family from The Netherlands bought the Spyker F1 team for 88 million euros.[8] The latter was chosen.[13] Vijay Mallya has recently indicated his intention to buy AS Bari.later acquired fully and rebranded as Kingfishers Red. Mallya also represents India in the FIA World Motor Sport Council.[8] Investment in sports Formula One Main article: Force India Vitantonio Liuzzi driving for Mallya'sFormula One team. Vijay Mallya and his Jet Airways counterpart Naresh Goyal announced an alliance after a marathon meeting on 13 October 2008 at Mumbai.[9] The team changed its name to Force India F1from the 2008 Season. The jersey colours of the team are red and golden yellow. the same as the Karnataka state flag. Media Mallya owns the MarinScope Newspapers which serve Marin County.[9] and the logo consists of the RC emblem with "Royal Challengers Bangalore" in standard format. California where he maintains a home and stores a portion of his car collection. . In 2007.[12] He also was part of the consortium that acquired Queens Park Rangers FC. where he has a seat from 2009 to 2013. Flavio Briatore and Lakshmi Mittal. at the 2009 Japanese Grand Prix. India. a football team which plays in the Italian Serie A. hence the name. Mallya wanted to associate one of his top-selling liquor brands. Force India.[11] Football Mallya's United Breweries sponsors the East Bengal and Mohun Bagan football clubs in Kolkata where Mallya spent his childhood. [10] Team's car VJM-01 was named after its owners Vijay Mallya. either No. Jan Mol and Michiel Mol. the consortium also included Bernie Ecclestone. Cricket Vijay Mallya is the owner of Royal Challengers IPL team through his flagship firm UB Group. 1 McDowell's or Royal Challenge with the team.

  Helped to fund the Mallya Aditi International School.[14] although Mallya recently became an MP independently. 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. .8 million. named after his father. He campaigned vigorously through the media.[15] In March 2009. Following the party's failure in the elections. Auction purchases Vijay Mallya is noted for his successful bidding in auction of items that are considered of great historical value to India. it has been largely ignored by the media.000 for the sword of Tipu Sultan at an auction in London. The hospital is located on Vittal Mallya Road. and brought it back to India. but his party failed to make any impact and did not win a single seat. . He also owns the popular kunigal stud farm.situated near bangalore. a private school in Bangalore.[16][17][18] Other businesses  Establishment of Mallya Hospital in Bangalore. he placed the winning bid of £175.Political career Mallya entered politics in 2000 and replaced Subramanian Swamy as the president of the Janata Party. His party contested almost all of the 224 seats during the Karnataka State legislative election.[citation needed] In 2004. Mallya successfully bid for the belongings of Mahatma Gandhi at US$1.

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