Her 0.64 per cent stake in the company her father co-founded is worth close to Rs 900 crore at today's prices. But 27-year-old Shruti Shibulal, promoter of the recently-launched luxury resort The Tamara, Coorg and daughter of Infosys Co-founder and CEO SD Shibulal, comes across as remarkably down-to-earth and, well, normal.
"It's something I've been asked about [the Rs 900 crore] but I don't really wake up in the morning thinking 'oh, I'm worth this much'," says the young entrepreneur, whose casually bunched-up curly hair and black-rimmed glasses lend her an air more grad student than entrepreneur, though she has dressed for the interview in a fitted black cardigan, onion-pink silk blouse and black trousers.
(The sole concession to luxury seems to be a sparkling diamond ring on her left hand, about which she will reveal only, with a smile, that "yes, it means something".)
The down-to-earth demeanour could also have to do with the fact that she was not born with that most desirable of appendages, the proverbial silver spoon.
"We had a very middle-class upbringing till the late '90s. I grew up seeing my dad work obscenely hard and now he's working harder than ever. We are extremely aware of the value of money,' she says.
Text: Indulekha Aravind, Business Standard
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