Vijay Mallya was born on December 18, 1955. He is the Chairman of the United Breweries Group and Kingfisher Airlines, The United Breweries Group's flagship beer brand; Kingfisher is famous across the world. Mallya`s hometown is Bantwal, Mangalore in Karnataka. He finished his degree from St. Xavier`s College, Calcutta. He later set up business ventures in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Mallya married twice so far. His first wife was Sameera and they have a son together, named Sidhartha Vijay Mallya. Later on, he got married to Rekha and has two daughters Leana and Tanya Mallya and one son. In 1983, Mallya took over as Chairman of the United Breweries Group. Under his leadership the group has expanded significantly to turn into a multi billion dollar conglomerate. His group is engaged in several business activities like alcoholic beverages, life sciences, engineering, agriculture, chemicals, information technology, aviation and leisure.
In 2005 he acquired Millennium Breweries Ltd which brought the two premium beer brands named Sandpiper and Zingaro under his kitty. In May 2007, United Breweries Group acquired the Scotch whisky maker Whyte & Mackay for 595 million pounds in an all cash deal. Vijay Mallya formed Kingfisher Airlines in the year 2005. Mallya`s Kingfisher airlines acquired Air Deccan, a low cost Indian airline which was subsequently integrated into his Kingfisher fleet, Vijay Mallya and his Jet Airways counterpart Naresh Goyal joined hands together after a marathon meeting on 13th October 2008 at Mumbai, India. The alliance will include code-sharing on both domestic and international flights, joint fuel management to reduce expenses, common ground handling, and joint utilisation of crew and sharing of similar frequent flier programme. Mallya is fond of sports. Mallya co-owns F1 racing team Spyker which he later reframed as Force India. He bought the Spyker F1 team for 88 million euros. Mallya`s flagship firm UB Group bought the Royal Challengers Bangalore team in the Indian Premier League for USD 111.6 million. The Royal Challengers Bangalore team includes players like Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Jacques Kallis, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Zaheer Khan, Mark Boucher, Sunil Joshi, Misbah-ul-Haq, Ross Taylor, Dale Steyn & recently added Kevin Pietersen in the squad.