|Born||1974 (age 39–40)
|Occupation||Promoter, DB Group Managing Director, DB Group|
|Net worth||53 billion (US$890 million) Based on 2009 rankings|
Shahid Usman Balwa (born 1974) is an entrepreneur based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. He is one of the promoters of Mumbai-based DB Group which runs DB Realty India's 3rd largest realtor, DB Hospitality and Swan Telecom (now Etisalat DB Telecom).
Balwa dropped out of college and entered the family's hotel business. His father, Usman, started Balwa's restaurant at Marines Lines and Balwa's Hotel at Mumbai Central. He partnered with billionaire real estate developer Vinod Goenka to form DB Realty in 2006. In a few years, the construction company claimed to have 21,000,000 square feet (2,000,000 m2) of saleable area in ongoing projects and another 40,000,000 square feet (3,700,000 m2) in upcoming projects. **
In 2010, Shahid Balwa, is the youngest Indian to feature on the Forbes List and is amongst the 10 youngest billionaires in the world. He was ranked by Forbes as India's 50th richest man in 2010.
But DB Realty stock fell from the peak of 540 in February 2010 to as low as 45 by December 2011. As on Septebmber 22, 2013, DB Realty's share price stood at 56. Mr. Balwa is no longer on the Forbes billionaire list.
Arrest and bail
Shahid Balwa was arrested by the CBI on February 9, 2011 on the allegation that DB group transferred 2 billion to a media company owned by members of DMK party. Former Telecom minister A. Raja allegedly helped Swan bag licences for 13 circles, including Mumbai and Delhi, for 15.37 billion. DB realty is one among the companies that bagged 2G licenses in 2008. DB Reality floated Swan Telecom. The CBI also arrested two executives on March 29, 2011 including the brother of Shahid Balwa. Asif Balwa is the brother of Shahid Balwa. A Delhi high-court on November 29, 2011 accepted the bail plea of Shahid Balwa and other under-trials.
His charitable activities are in the field of health and education. They include the Balwas High School and Charitable Medical Institution in Phirozpura, Gujarat. In the next 10 years he is keen to turn this into sizeable educational institution which can take in 20,000 students.
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