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Anil Agarwal

topics Updated: May 24, 2016 13:56 IST

Anil Agarwal, the NRI head of the Vedanta group with a net worth of nearly $2 billion, is among India’s 30 richest people. The multi-billion dollar mining company has assets in India and Africa but has seen its share prices plunge since 2014, partly because of a downturn in commodity prices. Agarwal decided not to study further after school and began his career as a trader in scrap metal. His first big break came when he began making jelly-filled cables for the telecom industry in the late 1980s. He made the switch to mining in the following decade when he decided to manufacture metals to control input costs.