Builder Of Palaces And Stadiums, Cyrus Mistry’s Death Shocks India

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Mistry is survived by his wife Rohiqa and their two sons. (File)

Cyrus Mistry, scion of one of India’s most illustrious business families who formerly headed the nation’s biggest business group, died in a road accident near Mumbai on Sunday.

Mistry, 54, was traveling from Ahmedabad when his car hit a divider at Palghar on Sunday, Press Trust of India reported citing local police. An external spokesman for the Mistry family’s Shapoorji Pallonji Group confirmed news of Mistry’s death. Two others were injured and have been shifted to hospital.

The news is the latest blow for the Mistry family whose patriarch, Pallonji Mistry – Cyrus’s father – died in June at the age of 93. Their empire built luxury hotels, stadiums, palaces and factories across Asia, but was most recently known for a corporate feud with the Tata Group.

“The untimely demise of Shri Cyrus Mistry is shocking. He was a promising business leader who believed in India’s economic prowess. His passing away is a big loss to the world of commerce and industry. Condolences to his family and friends. May his soul rest in peace,” tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Pallonji Mistry had accumulated a net worth of almost $29 billion at the time of his death, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, making him one of the richest men in India. Most of the family wealth, however, derived from being the largest minority shareholder — 18.5 per cent as of early 2022 — in Mumbai-based Tata Sons Pvt., the main investment holding company for India’s largest conglomerate.

Cyrus Mistry was named chairman of Tata Sons in 2012. His shock ouster in 2016 triggered a very public, years-long courtroom and boardroom battle between two of India’s most storied corporate clans, the Mistrys and Tatas.

The country’s top court ruled in 2021 that Cyrus’s ouster was legal and also upheld Tata Sons’s rules on minority shareholder rights, which made it difficult to sell shares without board approval. That meant the stake, worth almost $30 billion in early 2022, was basically illiquid.

Mistry is survived by his wife Rohiqa and their two sons.
 

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