Rama Prasad Goenka was bornon 1 March 1930 in India. Chairman emeritus of RPG Enterprises, a conglomerate with interests in power, tea, tyres, and software. Biggest holdings are power generation company CESC and power transmission unit KEC International. Group's Philips Carbon Black reportedly bidding for the carbon black unit of Germany's Evonok Industries. Patriarch has divided empire between his two sons Harsh and Sanjiv, but continues to run plantations company Harrisons Malayalam, which produces tea, rubber and pepper. Harsh is a collector of contemporary Indian art.
As early as the 19th century, an enterprising member of the family, Ramdutt Goenka, set up base in Kolkata, which was then the capital of India, and a major commercial hub of the British Empire
of India (now Saregama) in 1986, Spencers and Harrisons Malayalam in 1988, Bayer India, Firstsource Solutions Limited in 2012 and many more, R
Through a series of mergers and acquisitions including the likes of Dunlop India and CESC in 1980, CEAT Tyres in 1982, RPG Life Sciences (then Searle India) and KEC International in 1985, the Gramophone Co
Rama Prasad Goenka (better known as RP Goenka), established RPG Enterprises in 1979
1930) leveraged the family's wealth to take over a variety of industries and corporates and thus create a ready-made business conglomerate
In this way, by the end of the 20th century, RPG had cobbled together a significant business empire