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Sudhir Ruparelia

Sudhir Ruparelia
Born (1956-01-17) 17 January 1956 [1]
Mengo Hospital, Uganda
Residence Kampala, Uganda
Nationality Ugandan
Ethnicity Asian Ugandan
Citizenship Uganda
Education A-levels
United Kingdom
Occupation Businessman & Entrepreneur
Years active 1986 - present
Known for Business Acumen, Net Worth
Home town Kasese
Net worth US$ 1.1 Billion (November 2013)

Sudhir Ruparelia is a businessman and entrepreneur in Uganda.


He is the Chairman and majority shareholder in the companies of the Ruparelia Group.[2] His investments are mainly in the areas of banking, insurance, education, broadcasting, real estate, floriculture, hotels and resorts. He is reported to be the wealthiest individual in Uganda.[3] There is an urban Ugandan legend that Sudhir owns half of the buildings in Kampala, but he denies it;[4] he does admit to owning a quarter of the buildings in Kampala's Central Business District.[5] In November 2013, he was reported to be the 24th wealthiest individual in Africa, with an estimated net worth of US$1.1 billion.[6]


Sudhir Ruparelia was born in Mengo Hospital, in Mengo, a western suburb of Uganda's Capital City, Kampala.[7] His grandfather reached Mombasa in 1897 and came to Uganda in 1903. His father was born in Uganda in 1932. Sudhir has two sisters and one brother. He attended Bat Valley Primary School in Kampala, from P1 to P6, then Jinja Main Street Primary School in Jinja for P7 and Jinja Secondary School. Then in 1971, he came back to Kampala to study from Old Kampala Senior Secondary School.

He moved to the Ruparelia Group of Companies.[5]

Personal details

Sudhir Ruparelia is married to Jyotsna and they have three children: Meera (married to Ravi Kotecha in 2014) is the eldest, Rajiv is his son, Sheena is the younger daughter.

See also


  1. ^ Kanaabi, Michael (2011). "From A Cab Driver, He Now Owns A Business Empire".  
  2. ^ Ruparelia Group, . "The Companies of the Ruparelia Group".  
  3. ^ Sebidde, Kiryowa (November 2012). "Sudhir Richest Man In East Africa – Forbes".  
  4. ^ Editor, . (26 April 2013). "Africa’s Newest Billionaire: Ugandan Builds $1.1 Billion Fortune From The Ground Up". (Lagos). Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Jamal, Vali (3 October 2012). "Ugandan Asians: The Making of Ruparelia Group".  
  6. ^ ., . (November 2013). "The World's Billionaires: #1530 Sudhir Ruparelia".  
  7. ^ Independent, Team (18 October 2013). "Sudhir Finally Gets Recognition".  

External links

  • Sudhir Ruparelia Makes Cover of Forbes Africa
  • History of The Ruparelia Group of Companies
  • Court Orders Sudhir Arrest
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