Vijay Mallya's rise began in 1983 when he succeeded his father as chairman of the UB group.
The group included pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, paints, agrochemicals, food products and carbonated beverages and many other businesses.
He restructured the UB group.
In March 2005, the swashbuckling liquor baron finally got what he wanted some 20 years back - Shaw Wallace.
McDowell & Company, the flagship of the United Breweries Group, inked a deal with Jumbo World Holdings Limited (JWHL) in Dubai to acquire Shaw Wallace & Co Limited
He also bought papers (The Asian Age, Cine Blitz), bought and sold a television company, bought football teams and created the 'Royal Challengers' Indian Premier League cricket team.