Anilesh Ahuja

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CEO, board member and private equity investor Anilesh Ahuja, in brief.

May 22, 2023
4 Minutes
Anilesh Ahuja

Home: Utter Pradesh, India; Mumbai, India; Goa, India; Miami, USA.  Age: 55.  Birthplace: New Delhi, India.  Profession: Private equity.  Organization: Innovators Digital, Pvt, Ltd.  Title: Board of Directors.  Pronouns: He/Him/His.  Significant other: Tania Ahuja (wife).  Alma mater: University of Pennsylvania.  Languages spoken: Hindi and English.

Current project: A large-scale township project in Uttar Pradesh, which aims to provide housing and infrastructure for underprivileged communities and aligns with the Prime Minister's initiative to improve the living conditions of disadvantaged individuals and families.  Recent recognition: Honored with an award presented by the Deputy Chief Minister on behalf of Solitaire Valley, a testament to my dedication to the hospitality industry.   Recent professional development: Became a board member of an Indian real estate development company, working closely with the company on its transition from a private to a public entity and diversifying their business lines both vertically, by exploring new revenue streams, and horizontally, by expanding their operations into different geographical areas.  Latest accomplishment: Contributing to the effort to change the narrative surrounding underprivileged individuals and communities.  Latest contribution to others: My involvement in the Solitaire Valley project, which aims to provide homes for underprivileged individuals.  What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? Surviving the toughest challenges of the past five years and emerging successfully on the other side, with the unwavering support of my family.  Hobbies: Reading and travel.  Recent travel or adventure: Dudwa National Park, at the border of India and Nepal.  Recently viewed and recommended: The documentary Beauty and the Bloodshed.  Recent unique acquisition: Land located in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.

Personality profile: Open, decisive, bold; never look back.  What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Loyal.  Moral compass: The Bhagwad Gita and clear personal knowledge between right and wrong.  How do you define a perfect friendship? One that endures through challenging times and hardships.  How do you define an ideal business relationship? Discuss issues openly, think about solutions, find ways to move ahead.  What is your greatest joy? Family.  What is your greatest fear? Not leaving a legacy behind.  What is your guilty pleasure? Chocolate at midnight.  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? The medical profession.  What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? Investment.  How do you relieve stress? Playing sports.  What is your go-to workout? Pickleball.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Being active and having amazing meals.

What was your first paying job? Sales and trading in 1989.  What was your favorite college course? International Finance.  What was your favorite childhood toy or game? Cricket.  What book have you repeatedly read? Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand.  What movie have you repeatedly watched? The Godfather.  Besides your parents, who has had the greatest influence on your life? All who have overcome extreme adversity.  What’s the best advice you received growing up? There’s no substitute for hard work.  What’s the best advice you received in your career? Pursue my natural mathematical talent.  What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? Smartphones.  What is your favorite app? Google.  What is your go-to source of news and information? FT, WSJ, Times of India and the local UP paper.  What is your go-to source of creative inspiration? Looking at the ocean.  What company or organization do you most admire? Berkshire Hathaway.  What personal circumstance has had the greatest influence on your life? The last five years, which have shown that I have the perseverance and the guts to overcome extreme challenges.

What message do you want to send out into the world? 

A good legacy is a shared legacy.

What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? Getting over the fear of the destruction caused to me over the last five years.  What change would you like to see in the world? A care for everyone, not limited to philanthropy. not have to be only through philanthropy.  What mega-trend most excites you? Use of Artificial Intelligence.  What mega-trend most concerns you? The same.

What title would you choose for the movie about your life? Resurrection.  What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? William Hurt.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A doctor.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? With family, in front of the most magnificent ocean.  What advice would you give your younger self? Beware.  What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? The last ten years.

Personal mission: Live the motto “no regrets” and die trying to get there.  Personal motto: Never look back.  Favorite quote: “It’s never too late to be what you might have been” (George Elliot).  Desired epitaph: Leaves a legacy off.

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