SAURABH GADGIL, 33, Businessman
The family’s jewellery business happened by chance for Saurabh Gadgil, who today is known for his varied ventures— from education to restaurants and jewellery. He expanded the 175-year-old jewellery brand P N Gagdil (PNG) to Nashik (2005) and California (2008), corporatised its functioning, and forayed into education and hospitality with SVG Worldwide. His media school Seamless Education offers digital filmmaking courses while Post 91 is a popular restaurant in Koregaon Park.
HOME COMING Gadgil was studying at Symbiosis Institute when his family faced problems with an exporter. He stepped in to help clear payments and never left thereafter.
THE BUSINESS PLAN Gadgil opened the first PNG showroom in California with a selection of diamond and gold jewellery catering to Asian customers. Innovations like a children’s range of jewels (hair bands, kurta buttons), and a gold investment plan soon followed. Gadgil then moved onto his next ventures—the setting up of Seamless Education in 2008 and opening his restaurant, Post 91.
NEXT STEP To take PNG across the country and to London, South East Asia, the US East Coast and basically “wherever there are Asians”.
“He has given the jewellery industry in Pune a new life and made local, traditional business face competition from national brands”
VASTUPAL RANKA, JEWELLER
“India’s love for gold stands for wealth, prosperity and security and is deeply rooted in our customs, which is a big asset for us”