Shahid Balwa

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Shahid Balwa
Born 1974 (age 40–41)
Gujarat, India
Residence Mumbai
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity Gujarati
Occupation Promoter, DB Group[1] Managing Director, DB Group
Net worth 53 billion (US$800 million)[2] Based on 2009 rankings
Religion Islam[3]

Shahid Usman Balwa (born 1974) is an entrepreneur based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.[4] 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).

Early life[edit]

Shahid Balwa hails from the Chilliyaah Sunni Muslim community, and his forefathers were from Gujarat.[3]


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. **

Forbes Billionaire[edit]

In 2010, Shahid Balwa, is the youngest Indian to feature on the Forbes List and is amongst the 10 youngest billionaires in the world.[5][6] He was ranked by Forbes as India's 50th richest man in 2010.[2][3][7]

Arrest and bail[edit]

Shahid Balwa was arrested for his role 2G spectrum scam by the CBI on 9 February 2011 on the allegation that DB group transferred 2 billion to a media company owned by members of DMK party. [8]Former Telecom minister A. Raja allegedly helped Swan bag licences for 13 circles, including Mumbai and Delhi, for 15.37 billion.[9][10] DB realty is one among the companies that purchased 2G licenses in 2008. DB Reality floated Swan Telecom.[11] The CBI also arrested two executives on 29 March 2011 including the brother of Shahid Balwa. Asif Balwa is the brother of Shahid Balwa.[12][13] A Delhi high-court on 29 November 2011 accepted the bail plea of Shahid Balwa and other under-trials.[14]

Charitable Work[edit]

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.[15]


  1. ^ "CBI arrests DB group MD Shahid Balwa in 2G scam". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
  2. ^ a b "#50 Shahid Balwa". 18 November 2009. Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
  3. ^ a b c Nauzer K Bharucha, TNN, 10 February 2011, 03.36am IST (10 February 2011). "Shahid Balwa: From college dropout to billion-dollar realtor - The Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  4. ^ "Shahid Balwa". My Journey To Billionaire Club. 2010-08-24. Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
  5. ^ "DB Realty allots Rs 1,000 cr for acquisition of projects | DNA : Daily News & Analysis; Mumbai | Find Articles at BNET". 2010-08-13. Retrieved 2011-02-09. [dead link]
  6. ^ "The ups and downs in the DB Realty story - Business". 2010-12-31. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  7. ^ Thursday, 10 February 2011 at 0958 hrs IST (2011-02-10). "Balwa is India's youngest billionaire". Retrieved 2011-02-24. 
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  9. ^ "2G spectrum case : CBI arrests Shahid Balwa". Chennai, India: 2011-02-09. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  10. ^ "CBI arrests DB group ex MD Shahid Balwa in 2G scam". 2011-02-09. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  11. ^ "Shahid Balwa arrested in 2G scam - India". 2011-02-09. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  12. ^ "2G scam: CBI arrests Shahid Balwa's brother, another exec". 2011-03-29. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  13. ^ "CBI arrests Shahid Balwa's brother in 2G scam". 2011-03-29. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  14. ^ "Shahid-Balwa-granted-bail - Hindustan Times". Hindustan 2011-09-29. 
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