Owner of the beleaguered Kingfisher Airlines Vijay Mallya was missing from the list released by the business magazine Forbes that is known for its rankings of rich and powerful from across the world.
While Mallya was missing, Mukesh Ambani with networth of $ 21.5 billion retained his title as India’s richest person for sixth year in a row.
Mallya moved out of Forbes’ global rich list of 1,226 billionaires, even as the number of Indians in this elite club has grown since last year.
With a net worth of $ 1 billion, Mallya was ranked 45th among 48 Indians on this annual rich list in March 2012, while he was placed at 1,153rd position globally.
The list includes only those with a networth of $1 billion and more and the number of such persons has grown to a record number of 1,226 this year, Forbes said. The 2013 list has 55 persons from India, up from 48 last year.
While Mallya’s current networth is not known, Forbes magazine’s Indian edition had put the size of his fortune at $800 million in an India Rich List published few months ago in October 2012.
Amid huge debt burden and mounting losses at Kingfisher Airlines, Malllya’s fortune has been declining continuously over the recent years and his networth was pegged at $1.4 billion in March 2011. UB Group has also proposed to sell a majoirty stake in United Spirits Ltd to UK-based Diageo.
“King of good times is having nothing but bad times lately. His (Mallya’s) Kingfisher Airlines, weighed down by what is believed to be $2 billion in debt, had its licence suspended in mid-October after it apparently failed to address Indian regulator’s concerns about its ability to operate,” Forbes India had said in October 2012.
A day after Forbes India Rich List of 2012 put his networth at below $1 billion, Mallya had tweeted that he was thankful to the “Almighty” for being out of billionaires club.
“Thanks to the Almighty that Forbes has removed me from the so called Billionaires list. Less jealousy, less frenzy and wrongful attacks,” he had posted on the social networking site.
While his name was not among the billionaires, he still figured on Forbes’ India Rich List at that time, as the rankings were for 100 richest in the country and included even those with a networth of below USD one billion.
(With inputs from Agencies)