Rajiv Ruparelia, Son of City Mogul Sudhir Ruparelia was born on January 2 1990 and clocked 30 fruitful years on January 2, 2020.
Social Media went on fire as family and friends took on their platforms to show love, and joy as they celebrate with a brainstormed young, Dynamic, Vibrant Entrepreneur and Businessman.
Among important people who took time was the First Son who doubles as a Presidential advisor on Special Operations Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba who congratulated the youthful businessman upon reaching his 30th birthday.
Upon reaching the Pearl anniversary, on January 2, Gen. Muhoozi took on Twitter and wrote thus;
“Happy birthday to you my young brother Rajiv Ruparelia. Enjoy your 30th birthday Rajiv. May you have many more.”https://t.co/4qwYR6C5h0
Who Is Rajiv Rupareria?
Born 2 January 1990, Rajiv Is a young, Dynamic, Vibrant Entrepreneur, Businessman and Passionate Promoter of Victoria University Kampala, Kampala Parents School, Kampala International School and Delhi Primary School.
At the age of 17, in 2007, he chose business over education and opened his very first business- Club Sway, a youthful club on Kampala Road.
He would later close the club in 2010 to return to school, with some hard real-life lessons learnt.
He joined Regent’s University, London where he pursued a Bachelor’s of Business Administration, majoring in Financial Management. He graduated late 2013 and returned home.
In 2014, he joined the family business- but had to work his way up.
This was not by accident- it is Sudhir’s way of doing things.
In 2013, youthful tycoon graduated from Regents College London, UK with a Degree in Financial Management. He is endowed with top class education, knowledge and training required to navigate the knowledge driven economy of the 21st century.
In a July 7, 2014 interview with CNN Money, Sudhir said that while it was important that family members join family-owned businesses to ensure continuity, it was always important that they get the appropriate mentorship first.
He has strong analytical and technical skills, and ability to use initiative as well as apply professional judgement to aid decision-making.
In a build up to his career, he has worked with Millennium Marble 2000 Limited as project manager and was responsible of ensuring that all logistical issues were handled properly, on-going construction projects met set deadlines and to ensure that architects and engineers worked in accordance with project needs.
From 2011 – 2012, Rajiv worked with Jaffery Forex Bureau Limited and is still actively involved in day to day forex trading and marketing ventures.
He is currently the Managing Director of Crane Management Services a Large Property Management form with over 450 Properties under its wing. He plays a key role in property management in the Country.
Since 2010, Rajiv is a member of Grace Children’s Village, Kabale in which he is helping design, build and finance a sustainable orphanage unit. In this community, he is funding 8 children to attend school, have clean water and 3 meals a day.
Rajiv’s wedding in London, UK. 2017 was a double win for the young Rajiv; other than wedding his long-time sweetheart, Naiya Kaghram, Rajiv was also appointed Group Managing Director of the Ruparelia Group.
“I think it is important that when you have an ongoing business, you create a very good team of professional managers, and then at the same time, train your family to work with them, and then see how they can manage and move on,” he said at the time.
So, young Rajiv was deployed to the numerous group construction sites where he managed labourers and materials.
Later on, he would pick keen interest and be mentored in design, planning, feasibility, and implementation of full developments for hotels, schools, retail, commercial and residential real estate.
Between 2014 and 2017, Rajiv worked hard to deliver some major building projects such as Kampala Boulevard, Hardware City and Electrical Plaza Nakasero- all on time and on
He also offered Uganda’s youngest rapper Patrick Senyonjo aka Fresh Kid, who is studying at Kampala Parents School.
At 29 today, Rajiv is the youngest Managing Director, but possibly among the top 10 CEOs with the biggest portfolios last estimated by Forbes to be over $880 million in 2015.
Like father, like son
In true Ruparelia fashion, Rajiv is a businessman of his own, in every sense.
In 2018, he was instrumental in the setting up of Premier Recruitment- a private external labour recruitment company, to tap into the $1.24 billion (UGX4.5 trillion) industry.
He is the founder Chief Executive Officer.
In just a year after set up, he has already secured a number of employment contracts in the Middle East and on 19th January, 2019 the company sent their first batch of Ugandan girls to work in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on a two year contract.
On why he joined an industry that is outside the typical group stable of businesses, Rajiv told this reporter that the new labour externalization industry is about managing people, something he already is good at- since the group has over 8,000 employees.
He also argues that the sector is a vital source of livelihood for both the employees and their families and a major pillar of the economy that ought to be protected by all the stakeholders and bad apples weeded out.
Happy Birthday Tycoon Rajiv Ruparelia