Ronnie Screwvala

Founder, Swades and Unilazer Ventures

Ronnie Screwvala is a first-generation entrepreneur who pioneered cable TV in India, set up one of its largest toothbrush manufacturing operations and went on to create a media and entertainment conglomerate -- UTV -- spanning television, broadcasting, digital, mobile and motion pictures. His innate ability to merge creativity with commerce led to Newsweek calling him the Jack Warner of India, Esquire rating him one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century and Fortune counting him among Asia’s 25 most powerful people. In his second innings, Ronnie is driven by an interest in championing entrepreneurship in India and, through Unilazer, is also focused on building the next set of ground-up businesses in high growth and impact sectors. Ronnie is also passionate about social welfare and is, along with wife Zarina, active as a founder trustee of the Swades Foundation, which operates with a single-minded focus on empowering a million lives in rural India through its unique 360-degree model, encompassing verticals such as water, sanitation, health, nutrition, education and livelihoods.

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