Shilpa Shetty’s husband Raj Kundra is in the news these days. Raj Kundra was arrested by the Mumbai Crime Branch late on Monday night. Kundra is accused of making obscene films and showing them on some apps.
Well, this is not the first time that Raj Kundra has been embroiled in controversies. Earlier, he has been found guilty of IPL betting, which has brought him a lot of disgrace. Raj Kundra, the co-owner of Rajasthan Royals, admitted a few years back that he had bet during IPL matches.
Raj is a big name in the business world, however, people in India know him as the husband of actress Shilpa Shetty more than a businessman.
Raj Kundra himself had said in an interview a few years ago, ‘The life of luxury I am living today, my childhood life was opposite to this. Today I have more than one convoy of luxury cars, which was like a dream earlier.
Started business at the age of 18
Born in a middle-class family, Raj was brought up with difficulties by his parents. Raj was born in London. His father Bal Krishna Kundra was from Ludhiana in Punjab and settled in London. There he became a bus conductor. Raj’s mother Usha Rani Kundra used to work as a shop assistant. Later Raj’s father opened a restaurant. When Raj turned 18, his father said, ‘Either run our restaurant or start your own business.’ Raj started his journey taking it seriously.
Raj married Shilpa in 2009.
Started business by selling shawls
Raj first went to Dubai with some money in his pocket. Met the diamond traders, but the matter did not work out. Raj went to Nepal from there. Bought some pashmina shawls and started selling them through some branded stores in the UK. As soon as this business grew, so soon the competition in it also increased. After this, Raj again went to Dubai to do diamond business.
Since then he has never looked back and today he owns or holds a stake in about 10 companies in different sectors. Raj Kundra was ranked 198th in the list of the richest Asian British by a British magazine in 2004. Raj has also opened a restaurant in Mumbai in 2020. Before this, he has another restaurant which is quite famous in Mumbai. According to the information available on the internet, he has assets worth 2800 crores.
Shilpa is the second wife
Raj had two marriages. His first marriage was to Kavita Kundra. After a few years, both of them separated. After this, Raj married Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty on 22 November 2009. They have two children – son Viaan and daughter Samisha.