POWER AND POISE

Marwar - - Contents - Text Joseph Rozario

A woman of many tal­ents, Priti Rathi Gupta is an award­win­ning business leader, the founder of a film com­pany and a film pro­ducer as well. She epit­o­mises the mod­ern­day woman and women’s em­pow­er­ment and re­mains strongly rooted to her fam­ily.

A woman of many tal­ents, Priti Rathi Gupta is an award-win­ning business leader, the founder of a film com­pany and a film pro­ducer as well. Pas­sion­ate about the cause of fi­nan­cial free­dom for women, she epit­o­mises the mod­ern-day woman and women’s em­pow­er­ment and re­mains strongly rooted to her fam­ily. AS SCION OF THE ANAND RATHI GROUP, PRITI RATHI GUPTA EN­TERED INTO THE WORLD of fi­nance very early in life. Hav­ing groomed her­self since to be adept in the business of com­modi­ties, for­eign ex­change, man­age­ment, in­vest­ments, etc, she strad­dles a world that even un­til re­cently was male-dom­i­nated. In her mul­ti­ple roles as the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and pro­moter of Anand Rathi Share & Stock Bro­kers Ltd (the se­cu­rity and com­mod­ity bro­ker­age business of the Anand Rathi Group) and the founder of Anand Rathi Com­modi­ties Ltd (the cur­ren­cies and com­modi­ties wing of Anand Rathi Group), not only has she earned top ac­co­lades but also bal­anced it all with her role as daugh­ter, wife, daugh­ter-in-law and mother with aplomb.

Early lessons

Priti Rathi Gupta is the daugh­ter of Anand Rathi, the founder of the Anand Rathi Group, which ranks among In­dia’s top fi­nan­cial ser­vice com­pa­nies. Her up­bring­ing con­se­quently hap­pened in an en­vi­ron­ment where fi­nance was the buzz­word. Un­der­stand­ably, she picked up her first lessons in fi­nance and stock­broking rather early in life. “When I was 17, I in­terned with my un­cle, who is a stock­bro­ker and used to work out of Mum­bai at the time. This in­tern­ship helped me un­der­stand the business of fi­nance re­ally well, par­tic­u­larly how bro­ker­ages func­tioned,” says Priti.

All in the fam­ily

Mar­riage came soon af­ter. At 19, she was mar­ried to Pradeep Gupta, who at the time was run­ning a tex­tile man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany. How­ever, with one of his part­ners tak­ing in­ter­est in start­ing a sub-bro­ker­ship (a fran­chise of a broking firm), Gupta too got into the act, and as cir­cum­stances would have it, soon found him­self un­wit­tingly

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