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The empire strikes back

The empire strikes back

Set up in 1600, The East India Company at its peak employed a third of the British labour force, controlled half of the world’s trade and was the symbol of the British Empire’s global reach. After a 131-year hiatus, Indian businessman Sanjiv Mehta has resurrected the iconic brand and the Middle East is set to play a vital part in its rebirth

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Interview: Masafi CEO Reginald Randall

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Ravi to riches
Dr Ravi Pillai launched his first business at the age of 14, trading in coconuts so he could afford school books. Three decades later, his RP Group brings in revenue of $4bn and employs 80,000 staff, helping make him one of the world’s richest Indians. But in his first personal interview to date, he explains why a happy workforce and a good reputation are far more important than money. He also talks of the launch of his latest venture — RP Global — a real estate company that will build luxury projects in Dubai this year.

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