Wadia Group

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Wadia Group
Founded1736; 285 years ago (1736)
FounderLovji Nusserwanjee Wadia
Area served
Key people
Nusli Wadia
ProductsTextiles, aviation, chemicals, food processing, plantations, media & real estate
RevenueIncrease 28,000 crores
Total equityIncrease ₹ 51,400 crores
OwnerWadia family
SubsidiariesGo Air
Britannia Industries
Bombay Dyeing
Bombay Realty
Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation
National Peroxide
Wadia Techno-Engineering [2]
WebsiteOfficial Website

The Wadia Group is one of the oldest conglomerates of India. The group was founded by Parsi Lovji Nusserwanjee Wadia in 1736. Lovji Wadia secured contracts with the British East India Company to build ships and docks in Bombay in 1736.[3] This, and subsequent efforts, would result in Bombay becoming a strategic port for the British colonial undertakings in Asia. The Bombay dry-dock, the first dry-dock in Asia, was built by Lovji and his brother Sorabji in 1750.

HMS Minden[edit]

One ship that the Wadias built of most historic significance is HMS Minden. The lyrics of "The Star-Spangled Banner" (US National Anthem) were written on board Minden

HMS Cornwallis[edit]

HMS Cornwallis was the ship on which the Treaty of Nanking, ceding Hong Kong to England, was signed.

HMS Trincomalee[edit]

The oldest surviving ship of Great Britain (HMS Victory, although 52 years older, has been in drydock for many years.), HMS Trincomalee is afloat and intact in The National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool, England is yet another marvel of the Wadias' shipbuilding prowess.

Group company logos displayed on the nose of a GoAir plane
A GoAir aircraft at Bangalore International Airport, with pink colors.


The Wadia group consists of several companies, four of which are listed on Indian stock exchanges.

Apart from the listed companies, there are several other privately owned firms, including:

  • Gladrags - a fashion magazine which is the particular interest of Maureen Wadia, a former air hostess. Established in 1959.
  • Wadia Techno-Engineering Services Limited (WTESL) - Established in 1960.
  • Go Air - Established in 2005.
  • Punjab Kings - a cricket team, one of the eight franchisees playing in the Indian Premier League. Established in 2008.
  • Bombay Realty - Established in 2011.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "India Wadia Group says in Britannia long term-paper". Reuters. 4 July 2007. Retrieved 30 September 2010.
  2. ^ http://www.wadiaengg.com/
  3. ^ Mihir Bose (2006). Bollywood: a history. Tempus. ISBN 978-0-7524-2835-2.

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