They are Gulf's Richest Indians..

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August 2010

A new wealth survey by Arabian Business places retail king Micky Jagtiani 
on $2.65 billion, nearly $1 billion ahead of second placed BR Shetty, 
founder of the NMC Group. But, till BR Shetty was holding the Richest 
Indian in Gulf for more than a decade.
1. Micky Jagtiani, Landmark Group  $2.65bn
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Billionaire ‘Micky’ Jagtiani is head of the conglomerate Landmark Group, 
and one of the most powerful figures in the Middle East retail industry.
Launched in 1973 with a single Bahrain store, Landmark Group has grown 
into one of the Gulf’s largest retail empires. Today, its brands span from
children’s fashion, footwear and cosmetics, with additional interests in 
leisure, hotels and electronics. With 900 stores in 15 countries, Jagtiani’s 
operations now turnover $3.2 billion a year and employ 31,000 staff.
And this seems to be just the beginning, with plans to increase turnover to $5.2 billion and operate 1200 stores by 2015.
Jagtiani was named highest-ranking Indian expatriate, in the 2009 Arabian Business Expat Power list. 

2. BR Shetty, NMC Group  $1.7bn
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Entrepreneur B R Shetty is managing director and  CEO of the Abu  Dhabi-based New Medical Centre (NMC) Group of companies.  With initial  interests in hospitals and hospitality, Karnataka-born  Shetty has since  diversified into sectors including pharmaceuticals,  financial  services, retail, real estate and IT.
Shetty’s contributions to the fields of trade and industry have not gone   unnoticed back home in India. In 2009, the President of India awarded   him one of the country’s highest civilian honours, the ‘Padma Shri’.  

3. Chhabria family, Jumbo Group $1.45bn

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From his humble beginnings as a radio-parts  trader in Mumbai, to  his final role at the helm of electronics  conglomerate Jumbo Group, the  late Manohar ‘Manu’ Chhabria was a  business force to be reckoned with. 
His aggressive acquisitions of brands including Shaw Wallace, Mather & 
Platt and Dunlop India, to name just a few, earned him the nickname 
‘takeover tycoon’.
Following Chhabria’s death in 2002, aged 56, his wife, Vidya, and three 
daughters, Komal, Bhavika and Kiran, took over the running of his 
business empire. Today, despite legal wrangling over Manu’s estate, and 
the impact of the global recession on a number of the firm’s brands, the   Chhabrias remain one of Dubai’s most prominent expatriate success 

4. Yusuff Ali MA, Emke $1.3bn
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For any UAE resident, the Lulu chain of hypermarkets is a familiar sight – 
but it’s just one of the many brands held by the Emke Group.
The group boasts an annual turnover of $3.5bn globally, and is one of the 
largest Indian-owned conglomerates in the Gulf, employing more than 
22,000 people from over 29 countries.
Heading it is ‘Padma Shri’ Yusuff Ali MA, named by The Wall Street Journal 
as one of the twenty most influential people in the UAE.
Yusuff Ali has served as board member of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of 
Commerce & Industries (ADCCI) and been conferred with the prestigious 
‘Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award’; the highest Indian government award 
given to non-resident Indians.  

5. PNC Menon, Sobha Developers $1.25bn

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PNC Menon takes Oman into Forbes richest list,’ splashed a headline in 
Vijay Times, a Bangalore-based newspaper on March 10, 2007. It was a 
proud moment for the Indian city, as one of its residents, Omani citizen 
PNC Menon, took the No. 754 spot in Forbes’ 2007 list of the world’s top 
Born in Kerala, Menon migrated to Oman in 1976 to launch an interior 
decorating business with a partner. In 1995, spotting a gap in the real 
estate market back home in India, he founded Sobha Developers, named 
after his wife in Bangalore.
Today Sobha is one of the largest companies in Oman’s construction 
industry. Menon remains chairman of the firm.  

6. Ramesh Prabhakar, Rivoli $950 million

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Ramesh Prabhakar is the managing partner, of the UAE-based Rivoli 
Group. In 1988, Rivoli Group sold just one watch brand as the company 
fought to establish itself in the Middle East. Today, it is one of the region’s 
largest importers and retailers of luxury brands. The company’s stores 
now offer products ranging from watches and menswear, to accessories, 
gift items and eyewear.  The group’s brand portfolio includes names such 
as Montblanc, Longines, Dunhill, Links of London, Kenzo and Vertu. In 
2007, Dubai International Capital acquired a “significant” stake in the 

7. Rajen Kilachand, Dosdal Group $900m

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Founded more than six decades ago in Mumbai, the Dodsal Group has 
grown into a multinational conglomerate with interests in engineering, 
mining, trading and hospitality. And its chairman and president Rajen 
Kilachand has no plans to stop there.
“My aim is to have the company build on its existing strengths in the EPC 
sector and develop into a group which becomes a knowledge-based 
conglomerate and a manufacturer of high technology products for nuclear, 
space and defence,” Kilachand says in a note on his group’s website.
“The post Second World War period was dominated by Western and 
Japanese companies in these sectors. The next five years will see the 
emergence of my group as the first Middle East-based company with the 
same expertise combining technology, manpower and knowledge of Asia, 
Middle East and the Orient to compete in the global arena.”  

8. Tony Jashanmal, Jashanmal Group $800 million

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With roots dating back to 1919, ‘Jashanmal’ is a household name across 
the Middle East. The group began trading in Basra, Iraq, with a single 
store. Today, executive director Tony Jashanmal leads a UAE-based 
corporation with multi-channel activities across the GCC and India.

The retail arm of the firm operates more than 100 stores across five 
countries, while Jashanmal’s distribution and wholesale division supplies 
a network covering some 1,000 points of sale. Its interests range from 
logistics to travel retail, with a diverse product group that includes home 
appliances, luggage and print media.  

9. Dr P. Mohamed Ali, Galfar $725m

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As the founder of Galfar Engineering and Contracting Co, Dr P Mohamed 
Ali has earned his stripes as one of the Gulf’s leading entrepreneurs. From 
its start in 1972, the firm has grown into the single largest private sector 
employer in Oman, with an annual turnover of more than $1bn and more 
than 27,000 staff.
Outside of his business interests, Dr Ali is the founder of the Oman 
Petroleum Alliance and the former vice chairman of the state-backed 
Omanisation Joint Committee. His charitable works include founding the 
PM Foundation, which promotes education in rural Indian communities, 
and being chief patron of the Talikulam Vikas Trust.
Dr Ali has been awarded the Oman Civil Order for his services to the 
sultanate and, in 2004, received the coveted Outstanding Non-Resident 
Indian Award.  

10. Sunny Varkey, GEMS $650m
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Millionaire Sunny Varkey is the epitome of a self-made man. His education 
group, GEMS, has morphed from a single Indian primary school to the 
biggest provider of K12 education in the world. Under Varkey’s steer, 
Global Education Management Systems (GEMS) today teaches 100,000 
students in 100 schools across 11 countries.
Varkey’s interests don’t end with education. The Dubai-based 
entrepreneur has fingers in a number of pies, including construction and 
Varkey was rated the most powerful expatriate in the Gulf’s education 
sector. He also ranked No.36 in the 2009 Arabian Business Expat Power 
Varkey has been equally lauded in India for his achievements. In 2009, 
he was awarded the ‘Padma Shri’ in recognition of his contribution to 
education and social services.