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The chairman of Modi Global Enterprises, Satish Kumar Modi, is part of a family and a business that is playing a leading role in India and, increasingly, around the world.
His father, the late Rai Bahadur Gujar Mal Modi, established the Modi Group of Industries and, in 1933, established the industrial township of Modinagar, which now has a population of half a million people. The group has a turnover of about US$1.2 billion.
The Modi Group has interests in many products and services, from textiles, chemicals and telecommunications to medicines, property development, air transport, finance and automotive parts, as well as links with a range of global companies and their brands.
Beyond business success, he has maintained the legacy of his philanthropist parents by supporting a range of charities, educational institutions and the arts, including plans to establish an inter-faith spiritual centre in Modinagar. As president of the Gujar Mal Modi Science Foundation, he promotes excellence in research and development, including an annual award for outstanding contributions to science and technology, whose recipients have included the former president of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. Modi is also president of the Dayawati Modi Foundation for Art, Culture and Education. Mother Teresa was one of the first to receive its annual award.
In May 2000, he established the International Institute of Fine Arts to provide quality education to students in the fields of art and design. The institute has strong links with the University of the Arts London, and they are working closely together towards establishing the first private Arts University of India in Modinagar.
Exploring the spiritual and philosophical dimensions of life, Modi has written In Love with Death, a book to help people overcome their fear of dying and "live their lives filled with goodness, love and compassion". The book will also inform a forthcoming film that he is co-producing with film-maker Kent Walwin. Young Jesus: The Missing Years explores the belief that Jesus Christ spent much of his youth in India.