Billionaire Manu Chandaria Reveals His Biggest Regret

  • Billionaire Manu Chandaria speaking during a past conference in July 2018
    Billionaire Manu Chandaria speaking during a past conference in July 2018
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  • Billionaire Manu Chandaria is a household name in the business sector, after building his business empire that thrust him in the upper echelon of the high and mighty.

    Despite all the wealth and riches, Chandaria, however, revealed that if given another chance to live his life differently, he would have expanded faster in his businesses.

    "I would live it in a different way in that I would expand faster than what I have done. Nothing more than that because I'm very satisfied of the life that I have lived. I don't think I would want to have anything more than that."

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    Billionaire Manu Chandaria with his wife Aruna Chandaria at Attorney General's office in 2019
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    "Life has been so good to me. So I cannot complain and I don't think every life is going to be like that. But what I have been able to do and achieve in my lifetime, I am satisfied since I've lived a contributory life," he stated during an interview with the State broadcaster.

    The nonagenarian further stated that in his years worth of experience, he had learnt four vital lessons that had propelled his career to stardom: One needs to have vision in order to succeed in life, there is no substitute for hardwork in life, integrity, honesty and discipline are the pillars of one's character.

    "If you want to be successful and be on an upward trajectory, these are the fundamental principles," Chandaria stated. 

    The businessman also highlighted his career, noting that his family came from a poor background with his three other siblings and parents living in one room at the time. After World War II, he moved back to India, a trip which challenged him mentally and initiated his work ethics. 

    "I think the whole attitude in life is by seeing something what can you take out of it? As I still remember that from nothing staying in my parent in one room, to what you see today. The achievement of a person should not go in the mind, it should go in the heart, so that it can create more compassion," he stated.

    The industrialist also heaped praise on his wife, Aruna Chandaria, crediting his success to their long-standing relationship.

    "She has always been my backbone as we have lived with each other for 66 years. Though we're married people, we developed more of a friendship," he stated.

    Chandaria is the chairman of Comcraft Group of Companies, a multibillion empire that has a presence in over 40 countries. He also owns the Chandaria Foundation whose essence is to help citizens of African countries improve their lives through various initiatives. 

    A file image of the Chandaria School of Business at USIU Africa main campus
    A file image of the Chandaria School of Business at USIU Africa main campus
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