Vijay Mallya

Personal life
 Mallya is originally from the town of

Bantwal (near Mangalore) in Karnataka.

 He was educated at La Martiniere Boys'

College, Kolkata and completed his degree from St. Xavier's College, Calcutta under Calcutta University. He was conferred a Doctorate in Philosophy in Business Administration by some university in California.

 Mallya is married twice. His first wife was

Sameera and they have a son together, named Sidhartha Vijay Mallya. Later on, he married Rekha and has two daughters Leana Mallya, Tanya Mallya.

Airlines  A hoarding of Kingfisher Airlines with Vijay Mallya's signature  In 2005, Vijay Mallya established Kingfisher Airlines. (At present, the airline connects 32 cities). Kingfisher Airlines obtained a 26% stake in Air Deccan, a low cost Indian airline which Mallya later acquired fully and integrated into his Kingfisher fleet, rebranding it as Kingfisher Red. Vijay Mallya and his Jet Airways counterpart Naresh Goyal announced an alliance after a marathon meeting on 13 October 2008 at Mumbai, India.

 Mallya took over as Chairman

of the United Breweries Group in 1984. Since then, the group has grown into a multi-national conglomerate of over sixty companies with an annual turnover which has increased by 639% to US$11.2 billion in 1998-1999 .. He owned McDowell Crest.  In May 2007, United Breweries Group announced the all-cash acquisition of scotch whisky maker Whyte & Mackay for £595 million (approximately Rs 6000 crore). 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.

Apart from the beverage and the aviation business the focal business areas of the group encompass ,  Life sciences  Engineering,  Agriculture  Chemicals  Information technology  Leisure

 Mallya with

sports(formula 1) In 2007, Mallya and the Mol family from The Netherlands bought the Spyker F1 team for 88 million euros. The team changed its name to Force India F1 from the 2008 Season.

 Mallya also represents India

in the FIA World Motor Sport Council, where he has a seat from 2009 to 2013.

 Mallya's flagship firm

UB Group owns the Royal Challengers Bangalore team in the Indian Premier League. He won this team in an auction by paying US$111.6 million for the team.

Auction purchases
Vijay Mallya is noted for his successful

bidding in auction of items that are considered of great cultural value to India. In 2004, he placed the winning bid of £175,000 for the sword of Tipu Sultan at an auction in London, and brought it back to India. In March 2009, Mallya successfully bid for the belongings of Mahatma Gandhi at US$1.8 million, 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.

AchievementsHospital in Bangalore. Establishment of Mallya
The hospital is located in Vittal Mallya Road, named after his father. Helped to fund the Mallya Aditi International School, a private school in Bangalore.

Political life
 Mallya entered politics in 2000 and replaced Subramanian Swamy

as the president of the Janata Party, a breakaway faction of the original Janata Dal party. His party contested almost all of the 224 seats during the Karnataka State legislative election. He campaigned vigorously through the media, but his party failed to make any impact and did not win a single seat.

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