Harsh Goenka, Chairman, RPG EnterprisesNet worth: $1.67 bln 2016 Forbes India Rich List Rank #75
At the annual two-day conference of the then-undivided RPG Group in Goa in 1998, the mornings and afternoons were reserved for business talks. In the evenings, group seniors gathered at Aguada beach where group patriarch Rama Prasad Goenka (extreme left) was joined by sons Harsh (centre) and Sanjiv (rank 91), and their wives Sushila, Mala and Preeti. “There was one rule: Everyone had to wear shorts,” says Harsh, who was 40 then. He likens this to the Rio carnival. The area around Fort Aguada was decorated with fishermen’s boats and their nets. The annual meetings are now held in Mumbai.