|Real Name||Mahashay Dharam Pal Gulati|
|Nickname(s)||Dadaji, Mahashayji, Masala King, King of Spices|
|Famous For||Being the owner of MDH Spices
|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
|Date of Birth||27 March 1923|
|Age (as in 2018)||95 Years|
|Birthplace||Sialkot, North-East Punjab, Pakistan
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign||Aries|
|School||A primary school in Sialkot, Pakistan|
|Educational Qualification||4th Standard (School Dropout)|
|Religion||Hinduism (Arya Samaj)|
|Address (official)||9/44, Industrial Area, Kirti Nagar, Delhi – 110015
|Hobbies||Doing Yoga, Wrestling, Kite Flying, Pigeon Fancying|
|Awards, Achievements||2016- 'Indian of the Year' at the ABCI Annual Awards
2017- Excellence Award for Lifetime Achievement
2017- Highest paid CEO in FMCG sector (₹21 crore/year).
2019- Padma Bhushan
|Girls, Affairs, and More|
|Marriage Date||Year- 1941|
|Children||Son- Sanjeev Gulati (Died in 1992) and One More
|Parents||Father- Mahashay Chunni Lal Gulati (Founder of MDH)
Mother- Mata Chanan Devi
|Siblings||Brother(s)- Satpal Gulati (Younger, Businessman), Dharamveer Gulati
|Favourite Food||Punjabi Cuisine|
|Car Collection||Chrysler Limo
|Assets/Properties||80% stake in MDH, owns 15 factories, 20 schools, 1 hospital
|Salary (approx.)||₹21 crore/year (as in 2017)|
|Net Worth (approx.)||₹500 crore (as in 2014) NRI Achievers|
- 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.
- After initial success, he rented another shop at Chandni Chowk in 1953.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- MDH also runs a magazine called ‘Sandesh,’ which highlights the traditional family values of India.
- 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.
- Here’s an interesting video about the life-journey of Mahashay Dharampal Gulati:
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