by Paul Mampilly
The Sovereign Investor
My father is my hero. His mother died when he was 3 … his father when he was 20. He was born in 1933 in a tiny village in India. At that time, India was incredibly poor, with people dying of hunger every day. Somehow, he put himself through college. And then Dad got a job in Bombay, India’s biggest city. Still, he was broke with a family to support.
In 1974, he applied for a job in Dubai. Nobody had heard of Dubai.
“Don’t go!” his siblings told him when he got the job.
India’s prospects were horrible. Dubai had just found oil. He knew taking a chance on Dubai was a better bet. It was a calculated risk.