Raj Kundra is a very respectable British businessman and an entrepreneur whose family originates from India who showed great business skills which brought him a huge net worth through the years.
His biggest interest is in cricket which is his huge love. He is also known for his wife, a beautiful Bollywood actress named Shilpa Shetty.
He is known for his connections to a lot of controversial business projects and he gained serious allegations for his involvement in a partly illegal business event.
He is considered as a very capable businessman who knows how to make use of anything, even something that looks like trash to others. That is why he successfully earned a lot of money by buying apartments and properties and selling them at a higher price.
Raj Kundra was born on November 9, 1975, in London, the capital city of the United Kingdom to a family which originates from Punjabi in India.
His father’s name is Bal Krishan Kundra and his mother is named Usha Rani Kundra.
His father came to London from India’s region of Punjabi in the hope of a better life. He came from a city named Ludhiana, which is settled in Punjabi, north of the city of Delhi.
After coming to the United Kingdom he became a conductor of the London Bus and later on, he managed to open his own small business, saving money and living in modesty.
Raj’s mother was a shop assistant and also worked long hours to help her father and provide their family with a better life.
His parents were very hardworking but their life was on the verge of poverty which Raj hated and promised himself he would become rich.
Raj has spent his childhood in London where he also went to school and upgraded his education to a certain point. He was not interested in learning- he was trying to finish school as quickly as he could so he could find himself a lucrative job.
His parents often say that he was a very impatient child who always wanted to finish work faster than others and more efficiently.
As for his education, he left school when he was 18 because he wanted to start his own business.
He was in his late twenties when he gained an opportunity to show his great business skills. He became the Chief Executive in a big trading company called “Essential General Trading”. This was a big trading company which conducted its business from construction dealing, metal trading, mining, and other ventures.
They were also involved in projects connected to the use of green renewable energy. Raj was also very interested in India’s cinema life so he entered the financing of Bollywood films and was involved in its production.
In 2013, Raj started being associated with a company named Groupco Developers. It was a real estate company which worked in Indian cities. He also collaborated with Ashwini Steel, a metal company and a company involved in the stock business – TMT Global.
Raj was also cooperating to Essential Sports and Media Company which was involved in media production and distribution of Versatile entertainment and sports products.
He was one of the top managers in the Gold Gate Trading company which was a large investment business located in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.
In 2013 he had also published his book named “How Not to Make Money”. It is a fiction thriller novel published by Random House Publishers. It went quite well in sales although many readers said that his writing wasn’t as skilled as they expected.
In 2015 he was involved in the promotion of Best Deal TV, a Hindi home shopping TV channel which he owns alongside Akshay Kumar, a Canadian actor who was born in India. It was launched in May 2015 and its headquarters was in the city of Mumbai in India.
He has a lot of business partnerships and merging, like the one with Indian Cyber Security in 2019.
His rise as a businessman started in 2009 when he first invested in a cricket team from the Indian Premier League. The team is named Rajasthan Royals and he made his investment through his offshore company which he opened in Mauritius. His investment has been made in collaboration with Shilpa Shetty, a beautiful and popular Indian actress who was the face of the investment.
Shilpa was responsible for attracting sponsors and for merchandising but this venture didn’t go well with the Government of India which questioned the legality of this investment through Mauritius.
He was later on questioned about a lot of other business questions and even about fixing matches connected to bookies. He was questioned by the police in Delhi and three of his Rajasthan Royals players were arrested for this spot-fixing case. This huge controversy brought him a life ban from any cricket activities since he confessed that he was involved in betting on his team which was highly against the rules.
The verdict came in 2015 and the verdict brought a big business change for him since he was ordered to sell off all his stake in the cricket business. His wife was ordered to sell her stakes too.
He decided to appeal this ban in 2018 but he is still unable to do any business cricket-related.
He was also involved in a controversy regarding his business connected to Match Indian Poker League.
He was again investigated by the Securities and Exchange Board which questioned the legality of his online poker and stock games ventures he had been investing in.
He closed both of this business ventures in 2016, after the second controversy: he claimed that these ventures were endorsed by a former Australian cricketer named Shane Warne and a popular Hindi movie actor called Shahid Kapoor who gained several Filmfare Awards.
In 2017, Rah became a partner with a non-profit organization named The IFMP, International Federation of Match Poker.
Since he was always involved in sports investments he also had a venture together with Sanjay Dutt, a Bollywood movie star with whom he opened the first pro MMA fighting league which they named “Super Fight League” but it was closed very soon, in 2013.
In 2004, a British magazine called “Success” has put him on the list of most extravagant British Asian citizens.
He is often asked about his business ventures and the problems he had while earning money through them. He says that he never broke the law but only found the way to bend it to his needs.
As for his personal life, he was married to Kawita Kundra, a beautiful Indian woman who gave birth to their only daughter Deena. The baby was 10 months old when they got separated but Kavita was always counting in getting back together after the marriage which lasted 3 years.
Kawita spoke to the press in the year her husband started working with Shilpa Shetty and stated that she destroyed the chances that Raj would return to her and that they will succeed in saving their marriage. Kavita told the Daily Mail that her husband Raj is obsessed with Shilpa and that he even became a different person after meeting her.
Kavita blames Shilpa that she never thought that she could choose a single man and not steal the one who is in currently disturbed relationships.
Kavita lived with Raj in the home of his parents in Buckinghamshire and after splitting with Raj she returned to her parents who live in the Midlands. It was a very painful time for her but Raj was not so devastated. It seems there is truth in the saying that he had already fallen in love with Shilpa.
Raj himself spoke to the press and accused his former wife Kavira for making wrongful accusations claiming that their relationship ended long before he met Shilpa.
The daughter of Raj and Kavita was born on September 9, 2006, and the pair stayed together only a few months after. It is not known does Raj has any contact with his daughter Delena.
In November 2009 he got married to the beautiful Shilpa Shetty, a popular Indian actress with whom he at first had only a professional relationship. She gave birth to his son in May 2012. the pair works together in the Shilpa Shetty Foundation. Their son’s name is Viaan Ray Kundra.
As for his favorite thing, his favorite dish is chicken curry his mother makes. He is a big movie fan which is the reason why he invested in Bollywood movies. His favorite actors are Sylvester Stallone and Ranveer Singh while his favorite actresses are his wife Shilpa and Deepika Padukone.
He has his own Instagram account with almost 700k followers. He posts a lot of photos there. He likes to train and boasts about it on Instagram. He has an awesome blue Lamborghini, a black Mercedes, and a BMW. He has an apartment also in Burj Khalifa in Dubai, other is in London.
He wants to build an orphanage for children born with HIV. His wife is very passionate about helping children. It comes a lot from her true religion which she cherishes by going to temples and helping people in need.
Raj is not that religious as she is but he often goes with her to the temples because he feels that she needs a bodyguard because she is very famous and people often come to her. There were even some unpleasant situations involving her fans.
She is a great mother and she would like to help all the children with problems.
Raj often speaks about his loving wife in his interviews because she is a very respectable Indian actress so her fans often ask him about her.
He says that she is nothing like other actresses who drink and smoke and leave their kids to their nannies. He says that she is also an awesome cook and is not afraid of getting her hands dirty.
He says that it something that connects them both because they both arose from poverty into wealth but never forgot how hard the travel was.
Full name: Raj Kundra
Date of birth: November 9, 1975
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Profession: businessman, entrepreneur, investor
Height: 1,78 m
Weight: 78 kg
Net Worth: $6 million