Farmer's son migrated to the Middle East and got into construction. His RP Group derives more than three-fourths of its $4.3 billion (revenues) from construction firm Nasser S. Al-Hajri Corp., named after his local Bahrain partner. Pillai, who travels incessantly, has big plans for real estate, including building a 110-story tower in downtown Dubai. Kerala native has been investing back home, with stakes in banks, hotels, malls and schools.
Makes a point to visit the Tirumala temple in Tirupati, in south India on his birthday.