Rupen M Jhaveri has been named as one of the ‘40 Under 40 India’s Brightest Business Minds’ List of 2019 in the June-September special quarterly issue of Fortune India. Currently he is Managing Director, Private Equity at KKR India, one of the leading names in the global investment business. Rupen is the son of Chitra and Mukesh Jhaveri and the grandson of Haribhai Jhaveri of Crown TV.
Rupen joined KKR & Co. (which gets its name from its founders Jerome Kohlberg, Henry Kravis, George Roberts) in 2009. He has been a member of the India investing team since its founding, and was promoted as MD in 2017.
“Jhaveri is a man of many parts. He is a former state-level tennis player and captain of the Cricket Club of India team. But what he does best is strike deals. Since 2009, he has played a key role in KKR’s investments in Alliance Tire Group (ATG), Dalmia Cement, Max Financial Services, Emerald Media, Magma Fincorp, HDFC Ltd, Ramky Enviro Engineers, SBI Life Insurance, and Bharti Infratel. In 2016, KKR India, one of the most successful PE firms in the country, exited ATG, making $1.5 billion—one of its largest exits.
Last year, Jhaveri was instrumental in KKR’s acquisition of Ramky for about $530 million in a deal which valued the company at $925 million. “We are currently seeing buyout opportunities across sectors,” says Jhaveri, adding that the focus is on financial services, IT services, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, consumer durables, industrials, and infrastructure. When not finalising deal term sheets, Jhaveri reads biographies and books on international relations, sports, and history. He is currently reading Who Rules the World by Noam Chomsky.”
Prior to joining KKR, Rupen was with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in its principal investment area and Warburg Pincus in Mumbai where he was involved in a number of investments including Mahindra & Mahindra, NDTV, Amtek Auto, Sigma Electric, Sintex, Dainik Bhaskar, amongst others.
Rupen is a graduate from the Stern School of Business, New York University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance (Honors - Magna Cum Laude).
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