10 things you need to know about Cyrus Mistry
Cyrus Mistry, the former chairman of Tata Sons, was born in Mumbai on 4 July 1968. He was an Irish by nationality as his mother was Irish.
- He was the second son of billionaire and construction magnate
Pallonji Mistryand his elder brother is Shapoor Mistry. Both his parents held Irish citizenship.
- Mistry went to Cathedral & John Connon School in Mumbai. He went to Imperial College in London and got a Bachelor of Engineering in civil engineering from University College London.
- Pallonji Mistry died earlier this year in June. The Pallonji’s have had business interests in India for over 100 years. In the 1930s Mistry’s grandfather acquired a stake in Tata Sons. He also got a Masters degree in management from University of London.
- The Mistry family has 18.37% in Tata Sons, which is the largest shareholding by a single entity.
- Cyrus Mistry joined the Tata Sons board in 2006 after his father retired from it. He served as director on Tata Elxsi between 1990 and 2009 and was also a director on Tata Power board till 2006.
- In 2013, Mistry was appointed chairman of Tata Sons and was also appointed chairman of several other Tata group companies.
- Cyrus Mistry was married to Rohiqa Chagla, the daughter of lawyer Iqbal Chagla and granddaughter of jurist MC Chagla. It was his father in law that strategized his entire legal battle against Tata Sons.
- Mistry has two sons – Firoz and Zahan Mistry.
- Mistry was known to be a soft spoken and gentleman who believed he had to fight for his honour after he was evicted in an ugly boardroom battle.
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