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Pallonji Mistry

Pallonji Mistry

Pallonji Shapoorji Mistry
Born 1929 (age 88–89)
Residence Malabar HillSouth Mumbai, India
Nationality Irish
Citizenship Irish (previously Indian)[1]
Alma mater Cathedral & John Connon School
Imperial College London
Occupation Chairman of Shapoorji Pallonji Group
18.4% stake in Tata Sons
Net worth Increase US$18.7 billion (January 2018)[2]
Spouse(s) Patsy Perin Dubash
Children 4, including Cyrus Mistry
Relatives Noel Tata (son-in-law)

Pallonji Shapoorji Mistry (born 1929) is an Indian billionaire construction tycoon and chairman of Shapoorji Pallonji Group who is an Irish citizen since 2003. According to Forbes, his wealth is estimated to be US$16.9 billion as of September 2016. With his 18.4% stake in Tata Sons,[1] he is the largest individual shareholder in India’s largest private conglomerate, Tata Group, the primary shareholder of which is the Tata philanthropic Allied Trusts, with 66 per cent controlling interest.[3]

Early life[edit]

Pallonji Mistry is a Parsi whose ancestors are believed to have migrated to Mumbai from Vesa, Gujarat (near Surat).[4][5]

Mistry was educated at the Cathedral & John Connon School, followed by Imperial College London.[citation needed]

The Mistrys own a substantial construction company, Shapoorji Pallonji. Shapoorji, the group patriarch and Pallonji’s father, built some of Mumbai’s landmarks around the Fort area – the Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank, the Grindlays Bank, the Standard Chartered Bank, the State Bank of India and the Reserve Bank of India buildings.[6]


His father first bought shares in Tata Sons in the 1930s, a stake that currently stands at 18.4%, making Mistry the largest individual shareholder in Tata Sons, which is primarily controlled by the charitable Tata Trusts.[2][7]

Pallonji Mistry is the chairman of the Shapoorji Pallonji Group through which he owns Shapoorji Pallonji Construction Limited, Forbes Textiles and Eureka Forbes Limited.

He is the former chairman of Associated Cement Companies.

His son, Cyrus, was chairman of Tata Sons from November 2011 to October 2016.[8][9] Within the Tata Group he is known as the Phantom of Bombay House for the quiet but assured way he commands power around the Mumbai headquarters of the Tata empire.[7]


A short biography of Mistry was written in a 2008 book by Manoj Namburu titled The Moguls of Real Estate.[10]

He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in January 2016 by the Government of India for his contributions in the field of trade and industry.

Personal life[edit]

In 2003, Pallonji gave up his Indian citizenship to become an Irish citizen “on the basis of his marriage to an Irish-born national”, Pat (Patsy) Perin Dubash, who was born in September 1939 in Hatch Street Nursing House in Dublin.[11] He remains in residence in Mumbai.

The family’s interest in Ireland is compounded by their love of horses. They own a 200 acres (0.81 km2) stud farm in Pune, India. Mistry also owns a 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) home in Pune.[12]

He has two sons and two daughters. One daughter, Aloo, is married to Noel Tata, the half-brother of Ratan Tata.[13][14]


  1. Jump up to:a b “The Phantom Player”. Archived from the original on 9 March 2011. Retrieved 23 February 2011.
  2. Jump up to:a b “Pallonji Mistry”. Retrieved 19 January2018.
  3. Jump up^ Valdivia, Stephen Fortune: “Meet Tata: India’s Biggest Company”; 1:53; 21 Sept. 2017.
  4. Jump up^ Manoj Namburu (1 October 2007). Moguls of Real Estate. Roli Books Private Limited. pp. 142–. ISBN 978-93-5194-074-6.
  5. Jump up^ “Gujaratis Dominate Forbes List Of The Wealthiest Indians”NDTV. September 22, 2016.
  6. Jump up^ “Pallonji Mistry is Ireland’s richest person” 1 April 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  7. Jump up to:a b “Cyrus Mistry, a Tata in all but name”ReutersCNBC-TV18. 23 November 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  8. Jump up^ “Cyrus Mistry Removed As Chairman Of Tata Sons, Ratan Tata To Hold Interim Position”.
  9. Jump up^ “Tata successor announced: Cyrus Mistry to take over from Ratan Tata in December 2012” Retrieved 2018-01-22.
  10. Jump up^ “Property Plus Bangalore : Absorbing tales of tycoons”. Chennai, India: The Hindu. 15 March 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2011.
  11. Jump up^ “Ireland’s Rich List 1–10”Irish Independent. 31 March 2010. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
  12. Jump up^ SUNANDA MEHTA & DEV CHATTERJEE (29 August 2004). “Mistry millionaires”Indian Express. Retrieved 5 October2011.
  13. Jump up^ Munroe, Tony and Mehra, Prashant UPDATE 2-Global search for Tata chairman ends close to homeReuters, 23 November 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
  14. Jump up^ Vijayraghavan, Kala; Mandavia, Megha (26 August 2018). “How next gen scions Leah, Maya and Neville are working their way up in Tata Group companies”. Retrieved 26 August 2018– via The Economic Times.