Sri Prakash Lohia

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Sri Prakash Lohia
Sri Prakash Lohia.jpg
Born (1952-08-11) 11 August 1952 (age 66)
Calcutta, India
ResidenceLondon, England
CitizenshipIndonesian
Alma materUniversity of Delhi
OccupationBusinessman
Known forFounder and chairman, Indorama Corporation
Net worth$7.0 billion (July 2018)[1]
Spouse(s)Seema Lohia
Children2
Parent(s)Mohan Lal Lohia
Kanchan Devi Lohia
RelativesLakshmi Mittal (brother-in-law)
Websitewww.indorama.com

Sri Prakash Lohia (born 11 August 1952) is an Indian-born-Indonesian billionaire businessman, and the founder and chairman of Indorama Corporation, a diversified petrochemical and textile company.[2][3]

Lohia hails from India but has spent the majority of his professional life in Indonesia since 1974.[4] In 2013, Forbes ranked him as the 6th richest person in Indonesia with a net worth of US$3 billion.[5]

Early life[edit]

Lohia was born in Kolkata on 11 August 1952 to Mohan Lal Lohia and Kanchan Devi Lohia. He has three brothers—Om, Ajey (original name Ajay Prakash), and Aloke (original name Alok or Anil Prakash)—and one sister—Aruna.[5][6]

College[edit]

Lohia graduated from the University of Delhi in 1971 with a bachelor's degree in Commerce.[2]

Career[edit]

In 1973, Lohia moved to Indonesia with his father Mohan Lal Lohia and started Indorama Synthetics, which began to manufacture spun yarns in 1976.[7]

The company was divided in the late 1980s by Mohan Lal Lohia between his three sons to avoid family disputes in the future. Sri Prakash's elder brother Om Prakash moved to India and set up Indorama Synthetics. Aloke, Sri Prakash's younger brother, went to Thailand to found Indorama Holdings, which is a wool yarn producer.[7]

In 1991, Indorama Synthetics diversified into the manufacture of polyester fibers and then polyester bottle-grade (PET) resins in 1995.

In 2006, Lohia acquired an integrated olefin plant in Nigeria, which is today the largest petrochemical company in West Africa and the second largest olefin producer in Africa.[4]

Indorama Corporation is Lohia's principal holding company, which is based in Singapore.

Wealth[edit]

In 2013, SPL has been place at number 395 in Forbes list of Billionaires with a net worth of $3.4B.

In 2015, the Lohia family was one of the 50 wealthiest families in Asia.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Lohia is known for keeping his private life shielded from public scrutiny, rarely giving interviews or making public appearances.[9]

Lohia and his wife, Seema Mittal (Sister of Lakshmi Mittal), have two children, Amit and Shruti. His son, Amit Lohia, graduated magna cum laude from University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.[10][11] He is the Managing Director of Indorama Corporation and a director in various Indorama companies. Lohia's daughter, Shruti Hora, graduated from Babson College and currently resides in Singapore.Lohia is brother-in-law of Lakshmi Mittal,[5][12] currently the second richest Indian with a net worth of $14.6 billion.[13]

Lohia is one of the world's largest collectors of old books and lithographs.[14] He has the world's second largest collection of colored lithographs. He is working on an ambitious project of digitizing all his lithographs and those at other leading libraries around the world. They are being uploaded on www.splrarebooks.com.

Awards[edit]

In 2012, Lohia was given the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (Overseas Indian Award) by the President of India.[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sri Prakash Lohia". Forbes. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Profile".
  3. ^ "Indorama Group | About Us". Archived from the original on 15 June 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Indian-Indonesian Billionaire S. P. Lohia's Turnaround Success In Nigeria".
  5. ^ a b c "Sri Prakash Lohia".
  6. ^ "Teach India comes calling to Himachal hills". The Times of India. 11 August 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  7. ^ a b Balachandran, Manu. "How this synthetics tycoon went from teenage Indian emigrant to one of Indonesia's richest men". Quartz. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Lohia family". Forbes. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  9. ^ Post, The Jakarta. "Lesson from RI's richest man: Don't break trust". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Amit Lohia".
  11. ^ "amit-lohia-a-young-entrepreneur-boldly-going-global".
  12. ^ "Indian Rich List: Ten Bollygarchs reigning over London".
  13. ^ "Lakshmi Mittal". Forbes. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  14. ^ "Global polyester king".
  15. ^ "Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award List 2012" (PDF).