Ronnie Screwvala

Biography

Ronnie ScrewvalaRohinton Soli “Ronnie” Screwvala (born 8 September 1962) is a first generation Indian entrepreneur and philanthropist.

He has been named on Esquire’s List of the 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century[2] and ranked 78 among the 100 most influential people in the world on the Time 100 (compiled by Time Magazine, 2009).[3] He was also listed amongst 25 Asia’s Most Powerful people by Fortune Magazine.[4] and titled the Jack Warner of India by Newsweek.[5]

Based in Mumbai, India, Ronnie pioneered Cable Television, built a Media and Entertainment conglomerate (UTV Software Communications) that partnered with News Corp, 20th Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company and Bloomberg and later in 2012 he divested the company to Disney for an enterprise value of US$1.4 billion.[6]

From 2013 onwards he and his wife scaled their Non Profit The Swades Foundation whose goal is to work with a million people in rural India, empower them and move them out of poverty every 6–7 years and then move to another geography.[7] Has co-founded UpGrad which is into Online Education in the higher education and specialization sector,[8] built a Sports company (U Sports) spanning Football / E Sports and Kabaddi,[9] re-entered the media content space to build a creative content company in Movies and Digital Content (RSVP),[10] authored a Book titled Dream with Your Eyes Open[11] and through his investment company Unilazer Ventures he has been a significant private equity investor in Indian start ups with early stage investment and significant minority stakes.[12

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