Written by Ali Hussain for The Sunday Times
‘Sanjiv Mehta, an Indian entrepreneur, is hoping to profit from history. The 49-year-old has for the past six years owned the East India Company, a name that has a global resonance due to its historical links with the British Empire.
Mehta, who moved to Britain in his early twenties and established himself as an international trader, has opened an East India Company luxury goods shop in London’s Mayfair (theeastindiacompany.com), which he hopes will rival Fortnum & Mason on Piccadilly.
Mehta graduated in finance from Mumbai University and joined his father’s diamond trading business in 1983, where he soon learnt the art of buying and selling. In 1988, he set up an international trading house in London with a special interest in metals, petrochemicals and agricultural goods’.