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Mahashay Dharampal Gulati (MDH Owner) Age, Wife, Biography & More

Mahashay Dharampal Gulati

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Bio/Wiki
Real NameMahashay Dharam Pal Gulati
Nickname(s)Dadaji, Mahashayji, Masala King, King of Spices
ProfessionBusinessman
Famous ForBeing the owner of MDH Spices
Mahashay Dharampal Gulati - MDH
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 170 cm
in meters- 1.70 m
in feet inches- 5’ 7”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 60 kg
in pounds- 132 lbs
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Personal Life
Date of Birth27 March 1923
Age (as in 2018)95 Years
BirthplaceSialkot, North-East Punjab, Pakistan
Zodiac sign/Sun signAries
NationalityIndian
HometownDelhi, India
SchoolA primary school in Sialkot, Pakistan
College/UniversityN/A
Educational Qualification4th Standard (School Dropout)
ReligionHinduism (Arya Samaj)
CasteKhatri
Address (official)9/44, Industrial Area, Kirti Nagar, Delhi – 110015
Mahashay Dharampal Gulati at his office
HobbiesDoing Yoga, Wrestling, Kite Flying, Pigeon Fancying
Awards, Achievements 2016- 'Indian of the Year' at the ABCI Annual Awards
Mahashay Dharampal Gulati - Indian of the Year at the ABCI Annual Awards
2017- Excellence Award for Lifetime Achievement
Mahashay Dharampal Gulati - Excellence Award for Lifetime Achievement
2017- Highest paid CEO in FMCG sector (₹21 crore/year).
Girls, Affairs, and More
Marital StatusWidower
Marriage DateYear- 1941
Family
Wife/SpouseLilawati (Died)
Mahashay Dharampal Gulati with his wife
ChildrenSon- Sanjeev Gulati (Died in 1992) and One More
Mahashaya Dharmpal Gulati's Son Sanjeev Gulati
Daughter(s)- 6
ParentsFather- Mahashay Chunni Lal Gulati (Founder of MDH)
Mother- Mata Chanan Devi
Mahashay Dharampal Gulati with his parents
SiblingsBrother(s)- Satpal Gulati (Younger, Businessman), Dharamveer Gulati
Sister(s)- 5
Mahashay Dharampal Gulati with his family
Favourite Things
Favourite FoodPunjabi Cuisine
Style Quotient
Car CollectionChrysler Limo
Mahashay Dharampal Gulati - Chrysler Limo
Assets/Properties80% stake in MDH, owns 15 factories, 20 schools, 1 hospital
Mahashay Dharampal Gulati - MDH School in Janakpuri, New Delhi
Money Factor
Salary (approx.)₹21 crore/year (as in 2017)
Net Worth (approx.)₹500 crore (as in 2014) [1]NRI Achievers

Mahashay Dharampal Gulati
Some Lesser Known Facts About Mahashay Dharampal Gulati

  • Gulati was born into a middle-class Punjabi joint family of Pakistan, where his father used to sell spices at a shop called ‘Mahashian Di Hatti’ (Deggi Mirch Wale) that he started in 1919.
  • His family was religious minded and were ardent followers of ‘Arya Samaj.’
  • He was never interested in studies and left his schooling at the age of 10 (when he was in the 5th standard); as he was rather interested in assisting his father at his shop.
  • Looking at his interest in business, his father sent him to for a training at an accounting school, where he learned the trade skills for around 2 years. When he joined his father’s shop, he initially used to sell “mehandi” on the streets and used to earn around ₹20/day.
  • During India’s struggle for independence from the Britishers, he used to take part in communists activities of protest.
  • On 7 September 1947, after the Indo-Pak partition, he along with his family migrated from Pakistan to India and reached a refugee camp in Amritsar. Later, he along with his brother-in-law came to Delhi in search of work.
  • In Delhi, he initially used to live at his niece’s house in Karol Bagh, which had no water supply, no electricity, and no toilet facilities.
  • When he moved to Delhi, his father gave him ₹1500. Out of that money, he purchased a Tanga (a horse-drawn carriage) worth ₹650 and used to take passengers from Connaught Place to Karol Bagh.
  • This profession didn’t prove sufficient enough for his livelihood, and the people often insulted him. So, he sold his ‘Tanga’ and built a small shop in Karol Bagh, in 1948, to restart his old family business of spices.

    Mahashay Dharampal Gulati - MDH old shop

    Mahashay Dharampal Gulati – MDH old shop

  • After initial success, he rented another shop at Chandni Chowk in 1953.

    Mahashay Dharampal Gulati with Raj Kapoor in 1950s

    Mahashay Dharampal Gulati with Raj Kapoor in 1950s

  • In 1954, he founded ‘Roopak Stores’ in Karol Bagh, India’s first modern spice store in Delhi during that era. However, he later handed over ‘Roopak Stores’ to his younger brother, Satpal Gulati.

    Satpal Gulati - Roopak

    Satpal Gulati – Roopak

  • In 1959, he purchased a plot in Kirti Nagar to set up his own factory, where he founded ‘MDH spices’ empire or ‘Mahashian Di Hatti Limited,’ which means “the shop of a magnanimous man” in Punjabi.

    MDH shop in Karol Bagh, Delhi

    MDH shop in Karol Bagh, Delhi

  • Today MDH has emerged as one of the biggest brands in the category of spices in India, and even after crossing the age of 95, Dharampal Gulati himself endorses MDH products.

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  • MDH exports more than 60 products to more than 100 countries such as- Switzerland, USA, Japan, Canada, Europe, South East Asia, U.A.E. and Saudi Arabia.

    MDH Spices

    MDH Spices

  • He has a trust called ‘Mahashay Chuni Lal Charitable Trust’ that runs a hospital with 250 beds and, another mobile hospital for slum dwellers.  He also runs 20 schools, out of which, 4 are in the Delhi. Need-based financial help is also available for social organizations from the trust.

    Mahashay Dharampal Gulati - Mata Chanan Devi Hospital in Janakpuri, New Delhi

    Mahashay Dharampal Gulati – Mata Chanan Devi Hospital in Janakpuri, New Delhi

  • MDH also runs a magazine called ‘Sandesh,’ which highlights the traditional family values of India.

    Sandesh magazine

    Sandesh magazine

  • In 2017, he was the highest paid CEO in Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector, with an annual salary of ₹21 crore.
  • He has released his autobiography where he has revealed the details from his early childhood to the secret behind his success.

    Mahashay Dharampal Gulati's autobiography

    Mahashay Dharampal Gulati’s autobiography

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