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Vijaypat Singhania Age, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

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Hometown: Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Wife: Asha Devi Singhania
Age: 85 Years

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Bio/Wiki
Profession(s)Businessman, Aviator
Known ForBeing the former Chairman of Raymond Limited
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 9”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourSalt & Pepper (semi-bald)
Career
Awards, Honours, Medals• PhD from the London Institute of Technology & Research, Mumbai
• Gold Medal for Around the World Air Race (1994)
• Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award (2001)
• Padma Bhushan (2006)
Vijaypat Singhania receiving the Padma Bhushan from Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam
Personal Life
Date of Birth4 October 1938 (Tuesday)
Age (as of 2023)85 Years
BirthplaceCawnpore, United Provinces, British India (now Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India)
Zodiac signLibra
NationalityIndian
HometownKanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
SchoolG. N. K. High School, Kanpur
College/UniversitySydenham College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai (1954-1959)
Educational QualificationBachelor of Commerce [1]LinkedIn - Vijaypat Singhania
ReligionHinduism [2]Mumbai Mirror
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian [3]Uppercrust India
Address59, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400026
HobbyCooking
ControversyFamily Issues
Vijaypat Singhania transferred his shares worth Rs. 1000 crores to his younger son Gautam Singhania in 2015. He was given the position of Chairman of Raymond Limited which was held by Vijaypat before. This decision caused a rivalry between their families as his elder son Madhupati Singhania filed a case against his father claiming his rights to the property according to the agreement which was made in 1988. In 2017, Vijaypat had to file a case against Gautam for not letting him stay at the J.K. House property which Vijaypat claimed was a part of the deal with Gautam.[4]The Economic Times
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Family
Wife/SpouseAsha Devi Singhania

Note: Wife's image in children's section.
ChildrenSon(s)- 2
• Madhupati Singhania (Runs a Consultancy Firm)
Gautam Singhania (Chairman and Managing Director of Raymond Limited)
Vijaypat Singhania with Asha Devi Singhania and his son

Daughter- 1
• Shefali Singhania (Director at A.B. Color Private Limited)
Gautam Singhania's sister, Shefali Singhania Ruia
ParentsFather- Lala Kailashpat Singhania (1907-1969) (Industrialist)
Vijaypat Singhania's father, Lala Kailashpat Singhania

Mother- Name Not Known (Deceased)
SiblingsBrother- Ajaypat Singhania
Other RelativesGrandfather- Lala Kamlapat Singhania (1884-1937) (Founder of the J. K. Organisation)
Vijaypat Singhania's grandfather, Lala Kamlapat Singhania (1884-1937)
Favourites
FoodPomfret, Caviar, Gushtaba
CuisineKashmiri
DessertCaramel Custard
BeverageCold Coffee

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Some Lesser Known Facts About Vijaypat Singhania

  • He belongs to a Marwari industrialist family.
  • After graduating with B.Com, he worked as a professor of Post Graduate Management for a while at Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.
  • He is a devotee of Lord Tirupati Balaji.
  • After leaving the job as a professor, at Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, he worked as a manager at J. K. Chemicals under J. K. Organization.
    A Logo of J.K. Organization
  • He became the managing director and chairman of Raymond Limited in 1980. He made Raymond one of the best clothing brands in India.
    The brand logo of Raymond
  • During his tenure, he started selling synthetic fabrics and denim clothes along with woollen textiles. He expanded the company’s business by selling steel, fly ash, and cement.
  • Raymond suffered financial losses during the recession period from 1996 to 1997, which affected the steel and cement company’s profit.
  • In 1988, he broke the world record in the speed-over-time endurance category of Guinness World Records for flying a microlight aircraft solo from London’s Biggin Hill Airport to New Delhi’s Safdarjung Airport in 23 days.
  • He was appointed as the chairman of the Governing Council of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) in 1991 and served until 2002.
  • In 1994, Vijaypat participated in the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale around-the-world air race starting and ending in Montreal, Canada. He flew the turboprop Cessna Conquest covering 56 hours and 4 minutes and passing over 9 countries in 23 days. He won the race by finishing 32 minutes ahead of his nearest rival.

    Vijaypat Singhania with a Cessna Conquest painted like a tiger

    Vijaypat Singhania with a Cessna 441 Conquest II painted like a tiger

  • He was appointed as an Honorary Air Commodore by the Indian Air Force in 1994.
  • He made Gautam Singhania the chairman of Raymond Ltd in 2000. Vijaypat continued working at Raymond as Chairman-Emeritus, in a non-executive role until 2015.
  • Vijaypat Singhania, at 67 years old, set a new world record in 2005 by flying a hot air balloon at an altitude of 69,000 ft. After setting the record Vijaypat stated that,

    This goes to show to the world that we are not bullock cart drivers, but we can compete against the best of the world.”

  • He described his journey from the UK to India on a microlight aircraft in 23 days in the book “An Angel in the Cockpit: The True Story of a Death-defying Flight Across 5000 Miles of Land and Sea” in 2005.
  • On 19 December 2005, he was appointed as the Sheriff of Mumbai.
  • Vijaypat Singhania built the school named Dr.Vijaypat Singhania School in Pardi, Valsad District, Gujrat in 2013.
  • He published an autobiography titled “An Incomplete Life: The Autobiography” in 2021.
    A book cover of 'An Incomplete Life'
  • He considers J. R. D. Tata and Howard Huges as his inspiration to fly an aircraft.
  • Vijaypat lost his net worth of Rs. 12,000 crores after he wrote all the company’s shares in his son Gautam Singhania’s name. [5]DNA India
  • As of 2023, he has accumulated more than 5000 hours of flying aircraft.