• Vijay Mallya was born in Kolkata but his parents hailed from Bantwal near Mangalore. After completing his graduation in University of Calcutta, he went to Le Martinere where he almost bagged the best student award which later went to Rafiq Zakaria

 

  • His father Vittal Mallya one of the prominent personalities from the then undivided Dakshina Kannada district has immensely contributed to the development of the district. Mallya's father has FRCS Medical degree from England and served in Indian Army for some time. The Vittal Mallya Road in Bengaluru was named after his illustrious father, Vittal Mallya

 

  • Senior Mallya established United Breweries (UB) Group in Bengaluru and following his demise, Vijay Mallya became its chairman at the age of 23 years. The UB group flourished in his vision. But later began its tough days. Mallya has now stepped down from United Spirits Ltd now controlled by Diagep Plc.Mallya's UB group also owned Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilisers, the largest manufacturer of chemical fertilisers in the state. The factory is located in Mangalore.

 

  • Mallya owns the famous Kunigal Stud farm off Tumakuru. At the farm, horses are bred exclusively for races and is the oldest stud farm in the country. Who doesn't know the glitz and glamour associated with the Kingfisher derby in Bengaluru

 

  • Mallya can speak fluent Kannada and also from Bengali, Gujarati and French. Mallya is building a sky mansion complete with helipad and a separate lift for maids where his ancestral property once stood on Vittal Mallya Road

 

  • Mallya has dabbled in Politics too. He was elected to Rajya Sabha from Bengaluru with the support of Congress and JD(S) in 2002 and again was relected in 2010. In 2004, he won the bid and brought the sword of Tipu Sultan from an acution in London; he also bought Gandhi's belongings from New York

 

  • The credit of building a brand called Royal Challengers of Bengaluru must go to Vijay Mallya. He is still the honorary owner of the team. 

 

  • Vijay Mallya and Shilpa Shetty hail from the same region and share similar business interests. Shilpa Shetty was signed by Vijay Mallya to become the brand ambassador for Romanov. Mallya is known for his good network with the including Deepika Padukone, Ramya and others apart from Shilpa Shetty.