Vittal Mallya

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Vittal Mallya (1924–1983) was an Indian entrepreneur, best known as the former Chairman of the India-based United Breweries Group. Vittal Mallya was born in Dhaka, now in Bangladesh.


Youngest of the three children of an army doctor Lt. Col. Dr. Bantwal Ganapathi Mallya, Vittal Mallya capped an academic career with two of India's most prestigious educational institutions, The Doon School and Presidency College, Kolkata, and traveled abroad for over two years to gain first-hand practical knowledge that he believed to be a lot more valuable than formal education. In 1947, at the age of 22, Mallya was elected as United Breweries' first Indian director. After a year, he replaced R.G.N.Price as the chairman of the company. Mallya initially operated from Calcutta and married much later after he had become the chairman of United Breweries Limited. He migrated to Bangalore with his wife, Lalitha Ramaiah and son, Vijay in 1958. Despite ill health that followed a massive heart attack at a relatively young age of 59, Mallya slowly and steadily built the UB Empire and diversified into a host of allied businesses.[1]

The leading business man Vijay Mallya is the son of Vittal Malya.


  1. ^ "Vittal Mallya". Retrieved 6 October 2014. 

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