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MillionaireAsia India - - Editor's Note - Pari­neeta Sethi

The cre­ation of wealth car­ries within it­self an in­nate sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity. In fact, one re­ally does not func­tion with­out the other be­cause the growth of an in­di­vid­ual is di­rectly pro­por­tional to the amount of lives that per­son touches on the way to the top. “I be­lieve that with great wealth comes great re­spon­si­bil­ity,” says Bill Gates, the rich­est man in the world right now and who has, quite nat­u­rally, topped our Jet Set 100 list. “A re­spon­si­bil­ity to give back to so­ci­ety and a re­spon­si­bil­ity to see that those re­sources are put to work in the best way pos­si­ble help those most in need.”

Irfan Razack would cer­tainly agree with the state­ment and the sen­ti­ment. The Chair­man and Manag­ing Di­rec­tor of the Pres­tige Group, a com­pany that has com­pleted sev­eral mil­lion square feet of in­ter­na­tional class real es­tate de­vel­op­ment in many cities across the coun­try, Razack has been cre­at­ing value for In­dian cit­i­zens since 1985.

“For me, this busi­ness is not about cre­at­ing per­sonal wealth any­more,” he says in our ex­clu­sive in­ter­view. “It is about cre­at­ing value for peo­ple. We take our re­spon­si­bil­i­ties very se­ri­ously and are fully com­mit­ted to giv­ing back to so­ci­ety.”

That is not say that the wealthy are mo­rally bound by some kind of un­spo­ken code that pro­hibits them from splurg­ing. Far from it, be­cause isn’t liv­ing larger-than-life the whole point of be­ing rich? Isn’t it about head­ing out on the high­way in the new Fer­rari GTC4 Lusso? Or a be­spoke suit that is the only one of its kind in the world?

Yes, it most cer­tainly is. The very core hav­ing the prover­bial sil­ver spoon is cen­tred around sat­is­fy­ing a ma­te­rial in­stinct but as Irfan Razack and some of the wealthiest peo­ple in the world who have made it to our Jet Set 100 list would tell us, it is also about some­thing more, some­thing be­yond.

It is about re­al­is­ing that we are not is­lands unto our­selves and that there is a greater role all of us are meant to per­form. And in that re­al­i­sa­tion lies true wealth. Stay wealthy, stay happy.

Chief Ed­i­tor & Pub­lisher

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