Vijay Mallya (born 18 December 1955) is an Indian liquor 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.[citation needed] He also co-owns the Formula One team Force India, the Indian Premier League team Bangalore Royal Challengers, and the I-League team East Bengal FC.[3] According to Forbes.com, as of March 2011, Mallya, is worth US $1.4 billion.[4] He is ranked 879 in The Forbes World Billionaires Ranking (2011), and 38th in India. He receives substantial press coverage that focuses on his lavish parties, villas, automobiles, Force India, Royal Challengers Bangalore and his yacht, the Indian Empress.[citation needed]

Member of the Rajya Sabha

2000 – 2006, 2010 – present Constituency Karnataka Personal details Born 18 December 1955 (age 55)Bantwal, Karnataka, India Political party Independent Spouse(s) Sameera (divorced) Children Sidhartha Mallya (Son) Leana Mallya (daughter) Tanya Mallya (daughter) Laila Mallya (step-daughter) Alma mater St. Xavier's College[1] Occupation Chairman of: United Breweries Group, Kingfisher Airlines, Force India F1 Team, Royal Challengers Bangalore, East Bengal FC,[2] URBB As of 3 May 2011

Personal life

Mallya was born into a Konkani Goud Saraswat Brahmin family which originally from the town of Bantwal. life sciences. Calcutta[5] and completed his degree at St. a low cost Indian airline which Mallya later acquired fully and rebranded as Kingfishers Red. named Sidhartha Mallya. Kingfisher Airlines obtained a 26% stake in Air Deccan.[citation needed] In May 2007.[7] At present. Since then. which owned the two premium beer brands named Sandpiper and Zingaro. Mallya married Rekha with whom he has two daughters: Leiana and Tanya Mallya. In 2007.[9] The team changed its name to Force India F1 from the 2008 Season. Mallya's first wife was Sameera and they have a son together. United Arab Emirates. the airline connects 32 cities. the group has grown into a multi-national conglomerate of over sixty companies. Later on.[citation needed] Media Mallya owns the MarinScope Newspapers which serve Marin County.[6] In 2005 he took over Millennium Breweries Ltd (formerly known as Inertia Industries Ltd). India.[citation needed] Business Breweries Mallya took over as Chairman of United Breweries Group in 1984 from his father Vittal Mallya. at the 2009 Japanese Grand Prix. He is the son of Vittal Mallya and Lalitha Ramaiah.[10] . Force India.[citation needed] Airlines In 2006. information technology.[citation needed] He was educated at La Martiniere for Boys School. with an annual turnover which increased by 63. agriculture. Calcutta. engineering. California where he maintains a home and stores a portion of his car collection. chemicals. United Breweries Group announced the all-cash acquisition of scotch whisky maker Whyte & Mackay for £595 million (approximately Rs 3000 crore). near Mangalore. Mallya established Kingfisher Airlines. Mallya and the Mol family from The Netherlands bought the Spyker F1 team for 88 million euros.2 billion in 1998–1999 . aviation and leisure. Vijay Mallya and his Jet Airways counterpart Naresh Goyal announced an alliance after a marathon meeting on 13 October 2008 at Mumbai. Xavier's College.[citation needed] He later set up business ventures in Dubai.9% over 15 years to US$11. Sidhartha was educated at Wellington College in Crowthorne followed by Queen Mary's College in the University of London. The focal business areas of the group encompass alcoholic beverages.[8] Investment in sports Formula One Vitantonio Liuzzi driving for Mallya's Formula One team. in Karnataka. Rekha has a daughter from a previous marriage: Laila.

1 or Royal Challenge with the team. hence the name.Team's car VJM-01 was named after its owners Vijay Mallya.[9] and the logo consists of the RC emblem with "Royal Challengers Bangalore" in standard format.[citation needed] He campaigned vigorously through the media. His party contested almost all of the 224 seats during the Karnataka State legislative election. Mallya successfully bid for the belongings of Mahatma Gandhi at US$1. the same as the Karnataka state flag.[13] Vijay Mallya has recently indicated his intention to buy AS Bari. Helped to fund the Mallya Aditi International School. . named after his father.[citation needed] Mallya also represents India in the FIA World Motor Sport Council.8 million. Following the party's failure in the elections. The hospital is located on Vittal Mallya Road.[11] Football Mallya's United Breweries sponsors the East Bengal and Mohun Bagan football clubs in Kolkata where Mallya spent his childhood.000 for the sword of Tipu Sultan at an auction in London. it has been largely ignored by the media. Mallya wanted to associate one of his top-selling liquor brands.[citation needed] Cricket Vijay Mallya is the owner of Royal Challengers IPL team through his flagship firm UB Group. and brought it back to India. he placed the winning bid of £175. either McDowell's No.[16] In March 2009.[15] In 2004. the consortium also included Bernie Ecclestone.[12] He also was part of the consortium that acquired Queens Park Rangers FC. The jersey colours of the team are red and golden yellow. Jan Mol and Michiel Mol. a football team which plays in the Italian Serie A. Auction purchases Vijay Mallya is noted for his successful bidding in auction of items that are considered of great historical value to India. but his party failed to make any impact and did not win a single seat.[8] The latter was chosen. a private school in Bangalore. 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 Other businesses   Establishment of Mallya Hospital in Bangalore. where he has a seat from 2009 to 2013.[14] although Mallya recently became an MP independently. Flavio Briatore and Lakshmi Mittal.[citation needed] Political career Mallya entered politics in 2000 as a member of the Janata Party.

The winners of The Fast and the Gorgeous were supposed to get to travel the world with the team. in association with MTV India produced a reality show. . The show is about 20 gorgeous girls competing to be the face of Force India F1 in the 2009 season[20]. MTV Force India The Fast and The Gorgeous in 2009. His F1 team Force India. host the after-parties and appear in the F1 calendar.situated near bangalore.  He also owns the popular kunigal stud farm.

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