He has served as the chairman for various other companies like Sanofi multinational pharmaceutical company , Bayer CropScience German pharmaceutical company for more than 20 years. Vittal Mallya was married thrice in his lifetime, and Vijay Mallya was the son of his first wife, Lalitha Mallya. However, the couple divorced within a year of their marriage. Vijay Mallya and Rekha have two daughters, Leanna and Tanya. At the age of 28, Mallya lost his father, Vittal Mallya to a heart attack.
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He assumed the Chairman of the UB Group in and took the company to great heights. Under his dynamic leadership, the group has grown into a multi-national conglomerate of over sixty companies. During this process, United Beverages acquired several companies abroad.
The UB Group has diversified business interests ranging from alcoholic beverages to life sciences, engineering, agriculture, chemicals, information technology and leisure. In , Vijay Mallya established Kingfisher Airlines. In a short span of time, Kingfisher Airline has carved a niche for itself. It was the first airline in India to operate with all new aircrafts.
Kingfisher Airlines is also the first Indian airline to order the Airbus A Vijay Mallya has other interests too apart from business. He has won trophies in professional car racing circuits and is a keen yachtsman and aviator.
Vijay Mallya has also won numerous trophies in horse racing including several prestigious Derbies. He has also served as a Rajya Sabha M. Mallya has been recognized with several awards nationally and internationally. After a series of the case filed against him and his companies, he flew away to London and has been declared a wilful defaulter as well as a fugitive by the government of India. He was previously married to Sameera Tyabjee Mallya from to with whom he has a son named Siddharth Mallya.
Vijay Mallya Biography
He was the youngest of the three children of Lt. Bantwal Ganapathi Mallya by his wife Devi Mallya. Vittal was a very bright student at school, and received several double promotions during his academic career for outstanding performance. After finishing school, he was accepted into Presidency College, Kolkata. He chose this college because his father was posted at that time in Kolkata. After his graduation, he traveled abroad for over two years in a sort of grand tour which was undertaken for two reasons: firstly, his father, who had studied in England and was something of an Anglophile, wanted him to have some exposure to Europe and the wider world outside India; secondly, Vittal wanted to see Europe and gain first-hand practical knowledge that he believed to be a lot more valuable than formal education.
He did primary education and graduation in West Bengal, India. His family background was connected to various business so he joined a business at a very young age. His father Vittal Mallya was a famous business entrepreneur of his time. He also served as a chairman of various other companies for more than 20 years. Mallya markets beer under Kingfisher Brand. He also launched an Airlines called Kingfisher Airlines. According to news, he was in London, United Kingdom.