Facts About Mahashay Dharampal Gulati – MDH Owner

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Mahashay Dharampal Gulati Interesting Facts – Mahashay Dharampal Gulati is an Indian businessman who we all famously know as the ‘MDH uncle’, ‘Dadaji’, ‘Masala King’, or ‘King of Spices’. He is the owner and CEO of MDH (Mahshian Di Hatti). Born on 27 March 1923 in Sialkot, Pakistan, Mahashay Dharampal Gulati took over MDH from his father Mahashay Chunni Lal Gulati, founder of MDH.

mahashay dharampal gulati interesting facts

Like every other Hindu family, Gulati Ji and his family also migrated to India during partition and spent time in a refugee camp in Amritsar, after which they moved to Delhi, in search of work. It was in Karol Bagh, Delhi that Mahashay Dharampal Gulati opened his first spice shop. His reign continued to build up from 1953 in Chandni Chowk, 1959 in Kirti Nagar, and so on.

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Today, MDH Masala is famous worldwide. In 2017, Mahashay Dharampal Gulati became the highest-paid FMCG CEO in India. In the last fiscal year, he took home Rs 21 crores as salary while in 2019, the Government of India honored him with the Padma Bhusan Award.

Mahashay Dharampal Gulati Interesting Facts

When it comes to philanthropy, Gulati Ji donates around 90% of his salary into charity under the banner of the Mahashay Chunni Lal Charitable Trust. This trust operates a hospital in Delhi, along with 4 schools and a mobile hospital for slum dwellers. He still works for 12-14 hours and runs over 20 schools.

Now, talking of some facts about Mahashay Dharampal Gulati, here are some that most people don’t know about.

  • He has 2 brothers and 5 sisters.
  • He was married to Leelawanti at the age of 18 and has 2 sons and 6 daughters out of which one son died in 1992 after his wife passed away in the same year.
  • It was his father who had a spice shop in Sialkot after which he named his company MDH – ‘Mahashian Di Hatti’. This shop was famously known as ‘Deggi Mirch Wale’ in the area for the chilly spices.
  • While his dad wanted him to study a lot, he did not seem to have any heart in studies, which is why he dropped out of school in class 5.
  • He had experience in woodwork for 8 months but did not enjoy it much. Apart from this, he has also worked in a Soap Factory, a Rice Factory, and a Fabric Factory but nothing ever fascinated him.

Mahashay Dharampal Gulati Interesting Facts

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  • After taking his chance at working like a ‘Tangewala’, he later decided to open up his ancestral business in Delhi. This decision for him came in 1948 when he sold off his carriage on 10 October 1948. This was when he opened up a small shop in Ajmal Khan Road, Karol Bagh, and gradually grew his business.

More facts about Mahashay Dharampal Gulati below:

  • In 1954, he founded ‘Roopak Stores’ in Karol Bagh and later handed it over to his younger brother, Satpal Gulati.
  • By 1960, MDH became a famous shop in Karol Bagh and extended to Punjab and other small parts in Delhi.
  • The ‘Sandesh Magazine’ is also run by MDH. It displays the traditional family values of India.
  • He has also released his autobiography in which he revealed his life, right from his early childhood to the mystery behind his success.
  • He is very active and gets up at around 4:30 AM in the morning to exercise.
  • Despite his age, Mahashay Dharampal Gulati takes all business decisions and believes in sincere work, quality products, and affordable prices.
  • He does not wear slippers or shoes in Karol Bagh and believes it to be an auspicious place for himself.
  • He is an 80% owner of MDH and visits his factory and markets frequently to ensure that things are running smoothly.

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