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.
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