Mahashay Dharampal Gulati (MDH Owner) Age, Death, Wife, Family, Biography & More


Mahashay Dharampal Gulati (MDH Owner) Age, Death, Wife, Family, Biography & More

Mahashay Dharampal Gulati was an Indian businessman who died of cardiac arrest at the age of 97 on December 3, 2020. He spent the first 25 years of his life in Pakistan, came to India during the partition, and started his spice business. . From a small shop in Delhi, his spice trade gradually spread around the world.

Gulati was born to a Punjabi family on March 27, 1923, in Sialkot, Pakistan. He grew up in Pakistan and attended primary school there. He was not interested in studying and dropped out of school in the fifth grade. Her father had a spice store in Pakistan. After leaving school, he started helping his father in his spice store called “Mahashian Di Hatti (MDH)” and started selling “Mehandi” and earned around 20 per day.

Mahashay Dharampal Gulati (MDH Owner) Age, Death, Wife, Family, Biography & More

Wiki Bio
Famous ForBeing the owner of MDH Spices
NicknameDadaji, Mahashayji, Masala King, King of Spices
Physical Stats
Weight (approx.)Not Known
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Black
Height (approx.) in centimeters- 170 cm
in meters- 1.70 m
in feet inches- 5’ 7”
Personal Life
Date of Birth 27 March 1923 (Tuesday)
Date of Death 3 December 2020 (Thursday)
Birthplace Sialkot, North-East Punjab, Pakistan
Death Cause-Cardiac Arrest

Note: He was undergoing post-COVID treatment at Mata Chanan Devi Hospital in New Delhi.
Age (at the time of death)97 Years
Hometown Delhi, India
Place of Death Mata Chanan Devi Hospital, New Delhi
Educational Qualification5th-grade dropout
Address (official) 9/44, Industrial Area, Kirti Nagar, Delhi – 110015
Religion Hinduism (Arya Samaj)
Awards, Achievements2016- 'Indian of the Year' at the ABCI Annual Awards

2017- Excellence Award for Lifetime Achievement

2017- Highest paid CEO in FMCG sector (₹21 crore/year).

2019- Padma Bhushan
Siblings Brother(s)- Satpal Gulati (Younger, Businessman), Dharamveer Gulati
Sister(s)- 5
HobbiesDoing Yoga, Wrestling, Kite Flying, Pigeon Fancying
Favourite Things
Cuisine Punjabi
Favourite FoodNot Known
Favourite FilmNot Known
Favourite ActorNot Known
Favourite ActressesNot Known
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital Status (at the time of death)Widower
Marriage DateYear- 1941
FamilyWife/Spouse-Lilawati (Died)

Children(Son)- Sanjeev Gulati (Died in 1992) and Rajeev Gulati (Director MDH)

Daughter(s)- 6

Father- Mahashay Chunni Lal Gulati (Founder of MDH)

Mother- Mata Chanan Devi
Style Quotient
Car CollectionChrysler Limo
Assets/Properties 80% stake in MDH, owns 15 factories, 20 schools, 1 hospital
Money Factor
Salary (Approx.) Rs. 21 crore/year (as of 2017)
Networth (Approx.) Rs. 500 crore (as of 2014)
IncomeNot Known

Facts About Mahashay Dharampal Gulati

Gulati was born into a middle-class Punjabi family in Pakistan, where his father sold spices at a store called “Mahashian Di Hatti” (Deggi Mirch Wale) which opened in 1919.

His family was very religious and they were staunch disciples of “Arya Samaj”.

He was never interested in studying and left school at the age of 10 (when he was in fifth grade), as he became more interested in helping his father in his store.

Seeing his interest in business, his father sent him to train at an accounting school, where he learned business skills for about two years. When he joined his father’s store, he was initially selling “Mehandi” on the street and earning around Rs. 20 / day.

During India’s struggle for independence from the British, he participated in Communist protest activities.

On September 7, 1947, after the Indo-Pakistani partition, Mahashay and his family emigrated from Pakistan to India and took refuge in a refugee camp in Amritsar. Later, Mahashay and his brother-in-law came to Delhi in search of work.

In Delhi, he first lived in his niece’s house in Karol Bagh, which had no water, electricity, or sanitation.

When he moved to Delhi, his father gave him Rs. 1,500 of which bought a Tanga (a horse-drawn carriage) worth Rs. 650 and used to transport passengers from Connaught Place to Karol Bagh.

This profession was not sufficient for his livelihood and people often insulted him. So he sold his “String” and built a small shop in Karol Bagh in 1948 to relaunch his old family spice business.

After initial success, he rented another store in Chandni Chowk in 1953.

In 1954 he founded “Roopak Stores” in Karol Bagh, India’s first modern spice store in Delhi at the time. He later gave ‘Roopak Stores’ to his younger brother, Satpal Gulati.

In 1959, he bought land in Kirti Nagar to establish his own factory, where he founded the “MDH Spices” or “Mahashian Di Hatti Limited” empire, which means “magnanimous man’s store” in Punjabi.

Under his leadership, MDH became one of the top brands in the spice category in India, and even in his 90s, Dharampal Gulati was behind MDH products.

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