Ragib Ali

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Ragib Ali
Native name রাগীব আলী
Born (1938-10-10) 10 October 1938 (age 79)
Talibpur, Bishwanath, Sylhet District, Bengal Presidency (now Bangladesh), British India
Nationality Bangladeshi
Citizenship British
Alma mater Raza G.C High School of Sylhet
Occupation Entrepreneur, industrialist, tea-planter, educationalist, banker
Years active 1961–present
Net worth Increase $250 million[1]/BDT 3.3 billion
Spouse(s) Rabeya khatun Chowdhury (Died −12 th December 2006)
Children 2

Ragib Ali (Bengali: রাগীব আলী born 10 October 1938) is a Bangladeshi-born British industrialist,[2] pioneer tea-planter and educationalist. He is also associated with bank, insurance companies, and many other business houses.

Early life[edit]

Ali was born in Talibpur, Bishwanath, Sylhet District, Bengal Presidency (now Bangladesh), British India. He has eight brothers.

Ali was educated in Bangladesh. He studied at the Raza G.C High School and College of Sylhet. In 1956, at the age of 18, he moved to the United Kingdom to further his education.


In 1961, after completing his education Ali started being involved in business. Once in the UK, he transformed himself from an ordinary waiter to a leading entrepreneur. He still has links with UK through his family members, who live in London as well as in Bradford, the majority of his father's family now live in Croydon, South London.[3]

Ali is the Chairman of Sylhet Tea Company Ltd. and several other tea estates in Sylhet and Chittagong. He is also the managing director of Kohinoor Industries Ltd. and TLRA Holdings Ltd (owner of Kohinoor Detergent Factory). He is the Chairman of Southeast Bank Limited. He has played a pioneering role in the tea industry. He is involved in charitable activities and has set up numerous trusts and educational institutions.[3]

Ali is the founder chairman of Jalalabad Ragib-Rabeya Medical College. He is also the immediate past Chairman of North South University Foundation. He is also the founder of Leading University and University of Asia Pacific. He also contributed in many schools and established many colleges around Bangladesh.[3]


The Bangladeshi Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed a case against him for amassing illegal wealth and concealing information about his assets.[4] He was also accused of illegal occupation of property of the minority Hindu community which he was subsequently forced to give back.[5] He was convicted in court and sentenced to 14 years in Jail on 6 April 2017. He had grabbed the land (tea estate) in 1990 after forcing the Shebayet (caretaker) Pankaj Kumar Gupta to flee to India.[6] His son, daughter, son-in-law, and another relative were also convicted by the court.[7]


  1. ^ Loke, Steven. "Richest Man in Bangladesh". The Richest People in the World. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Industrialist Ragib Ali sued". The Daily Star. Bangladesh. 31 January 2009. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Karim, Mohammed Abdul; Karim, Shahadoth (July 2008). British Bangladeshi Who's Who (PDF). British Bangla Media Group. p. 44. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.thedailystar.net/news-detail-73717
  5. ^ "Our Hindu problem". The Opinion Pages. 23 May 2016. Retrieved 9 April 2017. 
  6. ^ "Land grabbing: Sylhet industrialist Ragib Ali gets 14yrs' jail". The Daily Star. 6 April 2017. Retrieved 9 April 2017. 
  7. ^ "Ragib Ali gets 14 yrs jail in land grabbing case". Prothom Alo. Retrieved 9 April 2017.