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The Journey of Rakesh Jhunjhunwala

26 October 20236 mins read by Angel One
The life and legacy of ace Indian investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala is an inspiration to millions of young investors. Read on to learn about his life’s journey.
The Journey of Rakesh Jhunjhunwala
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On the early morning of August 14, 2022, India was shocked by the news of Rakesh Junjhunwala’s demise. He was India’s ace investor and fondly called the big bull of Dalal Street. Let’s look at the life and legacy of Rakesh Jhunjhunwala and try to take a leaf or two from his investment book.

Early life of Rakesh Jhunjhunwala

Rakesh Juhnjhunwala was born in Mumbai on July 5, 1960, to a middle-class family. His father was an Indian Income Tax Department official. After graduating from Sydenham College in 1985, he joined the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. His father was a stock market enthusiast and an active investor, which got Rakesh interested in share investment.

How did Rakesh Jhunjhunwala enter into the stock market?

His success story in the Indian stock exchange has earned him many nicknames, like Warren Buffet of India.

Rakesh Junjhunwala started his investor’s journey with only Rs. 5000. He bought Tata Tea stocks at Rs 43, which he sold later in 1986 at Rs. 143. Between 1986 and 1989, he made Rs. 2-2.5 million on Sesa Goa (currently Vedanta) stocks.

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala portfolio

It becomes news whenever Rakesh Jhunjhunwala buys or sells stocks in the market. What he holds in his portfolio can give a new investor a lesson on investment. 

Some of the brightest stars of Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s portfolio were – Titan, Star Health and Allied Insurance Company, Metro Brands, Tata Motors, and Crisil. The total value invested in these stocks is more than Rs. 1,000 crore to Rs 11,000 crore. 

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s portfolio held stocks of thirty-two publicly traded companies for a total valuation of Rs 32,000 crore in August 2022. The Titan and Crisil stocks he purchased in 2015 are 77% of his portfolio.

Here is a list of Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s shareholding.

Companies  Investment value in USD
Titan 1.4 billion
Star Health 884 million
Metro Brands 281 million
Tata Motors (shares & DVRs) 262 million
Crisil 164 million
Fortis Healthcare 113 million

Some unknown facts on Rakesh Jhunjhunwala

  • Jhunjhunwala invested in the market for thirty years and turned his capital of Rs 5000 to Rs 5000 crores.
  • He was a film enthusiast and produced movies like English Vinglish (2012) and Ki & Ka (2016).
  • His most valuable holding is the Watch and Jewellery market, Titan.
  • According to Forbes, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala was the 36th richest Indian, with a total net worth of Rs 5.8 billion. 
  • He earned Rs 35 lakh every hour from the stock market.

Latest Investment of Rakesh Jhunjhunwala

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s asset management firm, RARE Enterprise, purchased 42.5 lakh shares of Singer India at Rs. 53.35. Since all his investments always make news, Singer India shares rallied for two consecutive trading sessions.

Investment in non-listed companies by Rakesh Jhunjhunwala

Besides investing in large-cap listed companies like Titan and CRISIL, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala had made several investments in unlisted companies. However, he agreed that half his investments in these companies have failed. His most significant investment in unlisted companies was Nazara Technologies, which launched a successful IPO in 2021, and Star Health, Concord, and Metro. He invested in twenty unlisted companies, amid which Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s shareholding in ten companies had failed.

When asked about his successful investments as a private equity investor, he said it was because he was patient and his investment horizon was long.

RARE Enterprise : Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s Asset Management Company

RARE Enterprise is an asset management company owned by Rakesh Jhunjhunwala. It managed all his investments. The company’s name is derived from the first two letters of his name and two letters of his wife’s name, Rekha, also an investor.

Aakasa Airlines: Frugal Airlines backed by Rakesh Jhunjhunwala

Aakasha Airlines is an ultra-low-cost airline backed by Rakesh Jhunjhunwala. He invested Rs. 247.50 crore in the project. It was co-founded by Rakesh Jhunjhunwala and the Former CEO of Jet Airways, Vinay Dube.

Nominee of Rakesh Jhunjhunwala

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala had arranged to pass his wealth of Rs. 46,000 crore – direct holdings in listed and unlisted companies and immovable properties to his wife and three children.

Importance of nominee in Demat account

The untimely death of Rakesh Jhunjhunwala has once again highlighted the question of mentioning a nominee in your Demat.  

In case of the investor’s death, the nominee receives the holdings on producing an attested death certificate. If a nominee is not registered, then the deceased’s heir needs to submit any of the following documents to make his claim.

  • Probate of Will
  • Succession of Certificate 
  • Letters of Administration

A nominee is a trustee and not the owner. If there is a will, the holdings will be dealt with according to its terms. Otherwise, the shares will be distributed among legal heirs following Hindu Succession Act.  

Also Read – How to add Nominee in Demat Account

The online Demat account opening process facilitates adding a nominee to your Demat account. 

Wrapping up

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s journey will always remain an inspiration for all investors. It won’t be wrong to say that no one understood the Indian stock market better than him.

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