22. Vijay Mallya

India Economic Summit 2008
Age 59
Occupation Owner and Founder, Force India
Nationality Indian
Position last year 22

Billionaire liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya is the founder of the Force India Formula 1 team. As chairman of United Breweries Group and Kingfisher Airlines, he has bankrolled the fortunes of his F1 project, moulding the former Eddie Jordan-owned outfit into a very successful racing team. Educated at St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta, Mallya is an independent MP and has philanthropic interests in his homeland and instrumental in delivering Formula 1 to India for 2011. His airline, Kingfisher, has hit a little turbulence of late, but Sahara Force India was a commendable 6th overall in 2011 and 7th in 2012, 6th in 2013 and 2014, now being in sixth place as well.


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