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18 Facts About Vijay Mallya
2. Son of a businessman who was in the alcoholic beverages business, Vijay Mallya is the ex-chairman of United Spirits, the largest spirits company in India, and continues to serve as chairman of United Breweries Group, an Indian conglomerate with interests including beverage alcohol, aviation infrastructure, real estate, and fertilizer.
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3. Vijay Mallya was the founder and former owner of defunct Kingfisher Airlines and former co-owner of the Force India Formula One team before it went into administration.
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4. Vijay Mallya is a former owner of the Royal Challengers Bangalore cricket team.
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5. Vijay Mallya was educated at La Martiniere Calcutta, where he was appointed House Captain of Hastings house in his final year, and at St Xavier's College, Kolkata, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1976.
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9. In February 2015 Vijay Mallya was forced to resign as chairman of United Spirits, and he contracted to receive a $75 million severance payment as part of that deal, but the courts in India have blocked that payment.
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11. Vijay Mallya was elected to the Rajya Sabha as independent member twice from his home state of Karnataka, first in 2002 with the support of the Janata Dal and Indian National Congress and then in 2010 with the support of the Janata Dal and BJP.
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12. Vijay Mallya co-owned the Formula One team Force India from 2007 to 2018.
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18. In July 2019, Vijay Mallya was granted permission to appeal to London's High Court against his extradition.
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