- Birthday18th Dec, 55
- Birth PlaceIndia
- Marital status
Known for his flamboyant lifestyle and chilled out attitude, Vijay Mallya is the owner and chairman of the UB Group. His principal, United Breweries is the second largest spirits group in the world and has an evaluation of US $ 12 billion. After his father passed away in 1983, it was all up to the young Mallya to guide his father’s legacy through rough waters. He aptly rose to the occasion and transformed the company into a multi-billion dollar conglomerate. In this rollercoaster ride to the top Mallya has definitely seen more ups than down.
His personal fortune and assets have also swelled and so has his appetite for leading a lavish and extravagant life. His exclusive VIP parties on his private megayacht, The Indian Empress rivals the best and his quest for the perfect abode has lead him buy over 25 properties all across the globe, some as exclusive as the one at Island of Sainte-Marguerite. He is as livid and bashful at his product launches, with a string of high profile celebrities lining at his side as shrewd he is with his business deals.
The man considers himself as the best advertising model for his company’s tag line, the King of Good Times, and is quite attached with his Kingfisher brand; be it his ubiquitous beer, his Formula 1 racing cars or his airline. It is said he personally interviewed the young women who would serve as stewardesses. And for all his success, the strategy and flamboyance has served him well. He has invested heavily in sports, which includes an Indian Premium League team and a Formula One team worth 88 million euros. Mallya has for himself a vintage car collection of over 250 cars. In 2009 he bought Gandhi’s wire rimmed spectacles, pocket watch and other personal possessions being sold in an auction in New York for $1.8 million.
- “I think that the poorest of the poor... look up to wealthy and successful Indians with some degree of respect and pride,”
- “I'm always claiming that 24 by 7 isn't enough. ... I love challenges
- “This is a full-service carrier, which will provide the best in-flight experience in the sky.”
- “I intend to integrate the companies in a phased manner that protects the business interests and ensures transparency,”
- We have several initiatives. We are doing away with Kingfisher Red because we don't intend to compete in the low-cost segment.
- “We have broken the shackles of conservative socialism. The growing middle classes want the kind of standard of living you enjoy in the West. So what I'm selling is a lifestyle.”
- I have a big decision to make! But it’s not made yet — I’m not the type of guy who’s going to make a decision and string people along
- We need to have FDI in the domestic airlines..
Did you know?
- The US arm of his United Breweries is named as Mendocino Brewing Co.'s
- The King of Good Times makes sure that every aircraft he buys, first goes to Tirupati and circumambulates the shrine of Lord Venkateshwara before being pressed into service.
- Mallya loves jewellery. He sports a huge, diamond studded 'VJM,' bracelet on his right hand, a huge diamond, ruby and emerald pendant of Lord Venkateshwara. On his ears are eye popping solitaires that belonged to his grand mother.
- Mallya is a linguist. He speaks fluent Bengali, Hindi, Kannada, Konkani, Gujarati and of course English. He's also learnt French.
- He miraculously escaped a helicopter crash past summer. The copter plunged 150 feet straight down, but no one was killed, and Mallya walked away unscathed. "The message is from above," he said. "I have a second life.
Family & relationships
Vijay Mallya owns a lavish home in Sausalito, California. He bought this house in 1987, when he went to California as his wife was having a difficult pregnancy and the doctors advised him to stay there for some time.
Location: The mansion is located in Sausalito, California. Sausalito is 8 miles south-southeast of San Rafael which is adjacent to, Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Accommodation: The property is spread in the area of 11,000 square foot and was bought by him for $ 1.2 million. The house has since seen many renovations, which have appreciated the price of the property manyfolds. Walls of the house are adorned with paintings of Picasso, Sotheby’s collections and many other priceless collectibles.
Neighborhood: There is big list of celebrities residing in this city. Right form Eldrick "Tiger" Woods to Serena & Venus Williams and Robert Redford many bigwigs reside here.
Mallya in his CA home
Mabula Game Lodge
Mabula Game Lodge is set in one of South Africa's finest private game reserves. Vijay Malaya owns this Mabula Game Reserve close to Johannesburg.
Location: Mabula Game Lodge is located in South Africa two hours North of Johannesburg.
Accommodation: Sitting on 12,000 hectares of land it is said to be one of South Africa’s finest private game reserves. Exclusive accommodation is provided in our 47 rooms including 3 suites that offer guests every comfort in a scenic natural setting. The Mabula Game lodge is home to an abundance of animal and bird life, including the 'Big-5'.
Neighborhood: Business tycoons Mukesh Ambani and Anil Ambani were spotted in South Africa at Kruger Park safaris. Many celebrities and rich class choose South Africa as their holiday destination.
Le Grand Jardin
Billionaire Vijay Mallya continues to bedazzle others through his sheer sense of style and has purchased a unique piece of luxury real estate on the Island of Sainte-Marguerite, the largest of the four islands of Lérins., two of which are uninhabited.
Location: The Sainte-Marguerite is the largest of the Lérins Islands, about half a mile off shore from the French Riviera town of Cannes. The island is approximately 3km in length and 900m across. The property is known as “Le Grand Jardin,” or “The Grand Garden.” Reportedly bought at $ 60 million, the estate is the only piece of private property in the heart of the island.
Accommodation: The Island has three houses: the Governor’s House, the House of Métayers and La Tour – all surrounded by a wall that was built on the orders of Cardinal Richlieu.
Neighborhood: The Island is located half a mile off shore from the French Riviera town of Cannes which is one of the favorite holiday destinations of many celebrities. Many well known actors and designers are often spotted in Cannes during the Cannes film festival every year.
Le Grand Jardin
Kunigal Stud Farm
Just like many other rich people, horse breeding is Vijay’s of the favorite hobby which is why he has bought a whole horse farm Kunigal in Tumkur city India.
Location: Kunigal Stud Farm is located in town of Kunigal in the Indian state of Karnataka and is the oldest stud farm in India.
Accommodation: This farm is used for breeding horses mainly for racing and Vijay Mallya has imported many stallions from abroad which are housed in the farm. he farm is spread across 400 acres (1.6 km2) and is divided into 25 paddocks of different sizes. ood pasture is maintained and plants needed for fodder like Alfalfa, Green oats and Rhodes grass are grown here. Training facilities for horses including a riding school is present in the farm. The farm also contains a water purification plant and medical care for horses are provided by veterinarians.
Goan Family Home
Vijay has a grandiose mansion in Goa, which he calls his sacrosanct family home. This is one of the very few properties here in Goa that stretches all the way from the main road to the beach.
Location: The Kingfisher Villa is located in Goa, India. Kingfisher Villa is set in a newly developed complex with a private garden surrounding the villa.
Accommodation: The villa has three grand sized bedrooms a huge living room. Each and every corner of the house has been decorated by the tycoon himself. The living room has handmade Teak Wood furniture with complete Home Cinema system . the house is designed in a Goan style and is part of the Goan Experience.
Neighborhood: Goa is one of the most visited tourist spot in India. Many celebrities and famous people visit this place at least once in a year.
The master bedroom
The living area
Fireplace in the living hall
The top floor
Grandiose mansion in Goa
Trump Plaza Condo
Mallya also owns a penthouse in the famed Trump Plaza in New York, which is one of the most expensive apartments in the country. Flamboyant Indian liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya has paid $2.4 million for this penthouse.
Location: The penhouse is located in one of the most expensive tower in New York. The house is in the 37-story residential tower, on Third Avenue between 61st and 62nd Streets.
Neighborhood: 52nd tallest building in New York City has many celebrated residents in it. The list starts form Donald Trump to Erik Prince and Bruce Willis, Beyoncé and Toni Embry. The tower also hosts as an official residence for the winners of the three beauty pageants that are co-owned by Donald Trump as the Miss Universe Organization with NBC which are the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA during their year-long reign.
A grand view
Mallya’s appetite for expensive properties in premium locations knows no boundaries. Vijay bought this plush and luxurious Clifton Estate for $ 8.4.
Location: The house is located in Johannesburg’s luxurious Nettleton Road. This house is located on the South Africa’s most expensive street.
Accommodation: The four-storied mansion gives a breathtaking view of the Clifton beach and is shielded from the wind and boasts of a sauna, walk-in safe, gym, and garage space for four cars. The main bedroom on the top level has an amazing penthouse feel. The home is famous for being the crash pad of Nicholas Cage, who stayed there in 2009 while filming Lord of War.
Neighborhood: As house is located on the most expensive street of South Africa hence has all the rich people around. The house itself has hosted many celebrities quiet a lot of times. The home has been shelter for many other celebrities in the past like George Michael, King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia.
Indian billionaire Vijay Mallya, owner of the world’s second-largest liquor company, is raising his ancestral home in Bangalore to build $4 million apartments. Predictably named as Kingfisher Towers, the building will have a complete one acre penthouse dedicated to him.
Location: Kingfisher Towers is situated in the heart of Bangalore city, India, which is famous as the IT capital of India.
Accommodation: The Kingfiher Towers has around 82 apartments split in three blocks, of which only 72 are for sale. The remaining 10 unsold units are to be split among members of Mallya's family. It would have all the high-end luxuries like a wine cellar, an indoor heated pool and an outdoor infinity pool. Further, the roof of the penthouse will double as a helipad.
Neighborhood: The apartments are still under construction and each of the other apartments is 8,000 sqft and begins at Rs 20 crore. With such high price one can expect to see some filthy rich people residing in Kingfisher Towers.
Indian Empress yacht
Everyone knows about the king sized parties of Vijay Mallya, which is a frequent happening on his giga-yacht Indian Empress. At 95 meters (311 feet 8 inches), this is the 33rd largest private yachts in the world. This yacht was initially launched in 2000 as Al Mirqab by Dutch shipyard OCEANCO for its previous owners, the Qatari Royal Family before Mallya bought it for $93 million.
Features: For links with land, it's equipped with a helipad as well as space in the hold for two Mercedes cars to enable the occupants to drive off wherever there are wharves with a deep enough channel for a ramp. Even if we decide to overlook its beautifully appointed suites, fully equipped gym, sauna, lift, steam room, beauty salon and medical suite, there is still one thing that is visible all over the yacht and can’t escape your attention, it's the personal touches. The interiors have the VJM touch all over, from the monogrammed linen to the liquor in the bar, which is 'Chairman's Special' and the art all over the boat. The yacht is outfitted with paintings and objets d'art such as the antique baby-grand piano; the paintings by Dali, Renoir, Chagall and Picasso; and a large Hussain in the lounge. The lower deck is for the guests with large sea-views from every room and gold furnishings in the bathroom.
Accommodations: The boat boasts of a permanent savvy international crew of 20, which includes housekeeping staff, officers and a masseur. With 16 cabins at three levels, the boat is self-sufficient for long voyages from the south of France to the Caribbean and can house a maximum of 32 guests. Mr Mallya's personal space is on the next deck with a huge bedroom for him and a private deck with a Jacuzzi that opens out to the blue ocean.
Specs: It is a triple screw propulsion motor yacht, which drives on 3 MTU diesel engines producing a total power output of 30000 hp. The yacht has a maximum speed of 26.5 knots and a range of 6,700 km at 18 knots.
Charter: Although most of the times the yacht is used for Mallya’s personal adventures, it is also available for charter. The weekly charter fees range from a few tens of thousands of dollars a week to nearly a million dollars a week, which covers the crew's wages, but not fuel, food and drink, or other incidental expenses.
Yacht available for parties
The sundeck view
The living room
Gettin ready for a party
One of the more famous classical yachts in the world, Kalizma was originally launched as Minona in 1906. She was known by the name Cortynia and Odysseia, prior to settling for a more human name Kalizma. The yacht has been made famous by its previous owners who were none other than Sir Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in 1967. Sir Richard Burton bought this yacht as a symbol of his love for his wife and that’s why it also came to be known as the Love Boat. They named it Kalizma after their children Kate, Liza and Maria.
Dr Vijay Mallya, purchased Kalizma in 1995 and has since lovingly restored her. He had told a publication in 2001, “I spent almost $3 million to fully restore the yacht.” At the time it was reportedly worth nearly $10m (Rs 48 crore). Mallya had also claimed he would never sell the Kalizma . It’s a plush, beautifully restored boat, with 1 ensuite state room, 4 ensuite cabins (2 twin , 2 double) a dining room and saloon, and a modern galley. There’s also an open-air jacuzzi on the main deck—and the wheelhouse has been shifted to a new upper deck. Kalizma is not a charter yacht. She’s guarded jealously by her proud owner and only sails for her crew, her owner or his friends and associates.
The living room
The sundeck area
Jacuzzi on the main deck
The deck dining table
Boeing 727Mallya keeps a private Boeing 727 handy to reach any of his two dozens of estates around the world. The jet has pretty much heavy customization as it doubles as his office for conducting business meetings on the fly.
King of the good times
Airbus A319 ACJMallya calls this plane a home away from home. Heavily retrofitted with designer and fire-proof upholstery, this plane can easily travel to London or US with a single refueling hault. Accessorized with so many luxuries, travelling in this plane is an invigorating experience rather than exhausting one. He got this plane for $40 million and have spent another couple of millions in upgrading it to his taste.
Hawker HS125His fleet of private planes also include a Hawker worth more than a $50 million.
Gulfstream IIIBought originally as a part of his UB Air venture in 1990, the Gulfstream III now finds a place in his private jet fleet.
Horse Breeding and RacingAn avid horse breeder and racer, the tycoon takes great interest in the annual Bangalore Derby and other such horse racing events. He also owns India's oldest stud farm, the Kunigal Stud Farm in Mysore.
PartyingNo one doubts that Mallya's parties are the best in town. More so when these are held at a super-luxury megayacht. VIPs line up to get a invite to his parties and get a glimpse of his unapologetic opulence.
Indian Empress partying lounge
Ferrari 1965 California SpyderThe second of only 14 cars built this car has only two previous owners. The first only keeping the car for two years. Originally painted blue with white interior the second owner repainted the car to Red and changed the interior to Tan sometime before 1975 when the car was feature in Stan Grayson’s Book “Ferrari the Man the Machines” The car was also shown at Pebble Beach in 1989.
Ensign MN08Ensign MN08 was built for the 1977 formula one season and raced by Patrick Tombay. The following year, the car was rented to drivers due to lack of sponsors for the team and was driven by Jackie Ickx, Nelson Piquet (his first drive in an F1), and Derick Daly (who also drove the car in the 1979 Belgium GP). The car was purchased by Mr. Vijay Mallya early in the ‘80s and driven by him to wins in the 1981-1982 Indian G.P. and has remained as part of his collection since then.
Rolls Royce 1913 Silver GhostOne of the rarest cars all over the world, Rolls Royce was manufactured during the war years, from 1913 to 1919. This particular car is fitted with Vanden Pas body. It’s first owner was one Dr. Jhonsen from Sydney Australia, who held its ownership until late 1950’s , until his death. After that the car changed hands and passed to Dr. Weaner and a couple of years later to Dr. Pyne of Scone, Australia. In late 80s tha car was sent back to England for full restoration by the famous Rolls Royce restorer J Harley and Co. It was at this point of time purchased by Mr. Mallya for his personal collection. He also won the Great American Race on this beauty.
Jaguar XJ220The jaguar XJ220 is one of the most well known supersports car, even if not the most successful one. The 220 in its name stands for its top projected speed. This car was built in collaboration with TWR, but could not make a major impact in the market, owing to its late release. Changes in import laws in the U.S.A., have allowed the cars to be imported with special restrictions for show & display purposes. Built in 1994, the car remained unused or registered until it was purchased for the collection and then imported in 2001.
Jaguar XJR15 Race carOnly one of the 40 Jaguar XJR15 Race cars ever built, this one was purchased and raced by Andy Evans in an intercontinental challenge of three races with a prize of $1 million going to the series winner. While he did not win a race, this car was remarkably the only car to finish the series without an accident. Following this, Andy kept the car and used it for demonstrations occasionally. The car was purchased by Mallya in 1999.
Vijay Mallya, the Indian business tycoon is known for throwing regular lavish parties at the most exotic locations in the world. One such place is the St. Barts Island; a duty free port with a strong and independent personality. Mallya frequently visits this picturesque island; an arid, volcanic rock of just eight square miles, and is the home to eclectic mix of blooming cactus, iguanas and fabulous beaches as well as designer boutiques, luxury yachts and celebrities.
Location: Located in the Caribbean, this island is an overseas collectivity of France discovered by Columbus in 1493, and named for his brother Bartolomeo.
Main Attraction: St. Barts Island is one of the favorite destinations of classical wealthy Americans, celebrities, yachtsmen, Cruise ship passengers and successful media hipster. Celebrities including Harrison Ford, Liz Claiborne, Beyoncé or Black Eyed Peas, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, often visit this place.
People visit this place for many reasons like:
Attractive beaches: Blessed with fourteen beaches and all are naturally rich and filled with unique species of flora and fauna.
Sports: Many opportunities to work up an appetite are available in St. Barts. The resorts at beach offer sports like scuba diving, Motor Yachts and Jet Skis, Sailing and Surf, deep sea fishing and windsurfing.
Spa: The resorts at the island treat guests with luxurious spa and wellness therapies. Several hotels are equipped with fitness clubs and air-conditioned rooms complete with sophisticated equipment.
To stay on St. Barts: Wide ranges of accommodations comprising of 70% of luxury villas and 30% hotels are available, and the place has an active rental market. The cottages, bungalows and hotels are intimate, and offer natural elegance and relaxed ambiance.
Beautiful St. Barts
Ports covered with yachts
The exotic beaches
Perfect for cruise ship passengers
GoaThe head of UB empire uses his family home in Goa to spend some time far from the hoopla of the power corridors of business and politics. His home, which is as expansive as one can imagine has 3 pools and a mini golf course other than his own party pad, which keeps him pretty busy for his time there.
Tipu Sultan’s Sword
In 2003 Vijay Mallya paid more than £200,000 to acquire a sword and a gold-inlaid sporting gun that once belonged to Tipu Sultan but was taken by the British. The articles were being auctioned at the Sotheby’s Art Gallery in London. Describing the sword as a "unique piece of history," Mallya stated he has bought it to restore the "rightful legacy" to Karnataka as he "is a proud Kannadiga.
Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorabilias
Vijay Mallya bidded for the country and brought back Mahatma Gandhi’s memorabilia. He bought M.K. Gandhi’s specs, slippers, a pocket watch and plate for $1.8 million at an auction in New York. Mallya commented “ I am a patriotic Indian and I felt I owed it to my country”. He might donate the memorabilia to the New Delhi’s Gandhi Smriti memorial.
Vijay Mallya once told in an interview about how he picked a Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch at a charity in France and the proceeds went to a Princess Diana charity.