He was almost got mob-lynched in 1984, now is the 24th richest man in Asia

The journey of KS Dhingra is nothing short of extraordinary. He lost his father at an early stage and worked in a small shop in Amritsar that sold paints. Starting from there, KS Dhingra established Berger – India’s second largest paints company and became one of the richest people in India. Their journey was not linear nor straightforward.

Kuldip Singh Dhingra was a victim of mob violence unleashed by the Congress in the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination. Dhingra, the patriarch of the Dhingra family and the man credited with building Berger Paints, has remained a mystery. He is low-profile, eschews media and continues to operate from a small office in Delhi. In this candid and captivating biography Kuldip reveals his story for the first time. Kuldip lost his father to an accident early in his life. He and his brothers, Sohan and Gurbachan, started as shopkeepers in Amritsar. From an annual turnover of Rs. 10 lakh in 1970, the Dhingras have built a business with an annual turnover of over Rs. 7,500 crore today. They are among the top thirty richest families in India with a net worth of over $4.5 billion.

This never-before-told story of Kuldip moves from Amritsar to Europe to Delhi where he became the largest exporter to the Soviet Union in the 1980s. In 1990 the Dhingras bought Berger.

From dealing with KGB to negotiating with the flamboyant Vijay Mallya; from being pushed to sell arms to challenging big businesses-Unstoppable narrates what a man can achieve if he pursues his dreams relentlessly.

Sonu Bhasin, the author, is a family business historian, a business author and editor-in-chief of The Families & Business magazine. She is also one of the early and senior women professionals in the industry. In her career of over thirty years she has been a TAS (Tata Administrative Service) Officer, Director ING Barings Private Banking, President Axis Bank, Group President YES Bank and COO Tata Capital. Currently she is on the board of some well-known domestic and multinational companies. The Inheritors, published by Penguin Random House, was her first book.

 

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