Veteran investment banker Hemendra Kothari whose great-grandfather was one of the founders of the Bombay Stock Exchange, owns 60% of investment firm DSP BlackRock, which has over $5 billion in assets under management. He started his career with family firm D.S. Purbhoodas & Co. before founding DSP Financial Consultants, an investment banking and securities firm, in 1975. The firm later partnered with Merrill Lynch, to which he eventually sold his 57% stake in venture in 2 tranches in 2005 and 2009. Kothari runs the Wildlife Conservation Trust that protects India's tigers and works with 82 national parks and reserves across 15 states.