Mahashay Dharampal Gulati, the owner of India’s famous spice company MDH is once again in the headlines. There were rumors of his death a few days ago, but he passed away this morning on 3 December 2020 due to cardiac arrest.
Monsieur Dharampal Gulati, an Indian businessman was popularly known as ‘MDH Wale Chacha’, ‘Dadaji’, ‘Masala King’ or ‘The King of Indian Spices’. The 98 years old CEO of MDH spices (Mahashian Di Hatti) was born on 27 March 1923 in Sialkot, Pakistan, and took over MDH from his father Mahashay Chunni Lal Gulati.
Recently, the Chinese research firm ‘Hurun India’ named him as the oldest Emir in India. In 2017 FY, MDH Owner became the highest-paid CEO of FMCG in India. In the last fiscal year, his in-hand salary was Rs. 25 crores. The Government of India honored him with the Padma Bhushan Award for his generosity and distinguished service towards the nation and the people of the nation.
Like most Hindu families, Gulati Jee along with his family also migrated to India during the India-Pakistan partition and spent the most time in refugee camps in Amritsar, Punjab before moving to Delhi. It was Karol Bagh, Delhi where the first outlet of MDH Spices was opened and then the empire of his spices continued to build up from 1953 in Chandni Chowk to 1959 in Kirti Nagar, and so on.
Today, on his demise, we are sharing some interesting facts about ‘MDH Wale Chacha’ that you must know.
In Memory of MDH Wale Chacha:
When it comes to charity and donation, Mahashay Dharampal Gulati was a big heart as he donated nearly 90% of his salary to charity in the name of ‘Mahashay Chunni Lal Charitable Trust’. He studied just 5th standard and his trust runs a multi-specialty hospital in Delhi along with 4 schools and so many mobile hospitals for slums. Despite his age, he was physically and mentally fit and worked for over 12-14 hours a day, and ran over 24 schools across the country.
Here are some amazing facts about the MDH owner!
- He has 2 brothers and 5 sisters
- His father wanted him to study higher, but he was not interested in creating history other than reading it. So, he dropped out of school in 5th standard.
- He learned woodwork after deciding to become a carpenter but didn’t continue after 8 months. Apart from this, he worked in a soap factory, a rice mill, and a fabric factory too, but everything failed to fascinate him.
- It was his father who established the first spice shop in Sialkot which he took over under the banner of MDH (Mahashian Di Hatti) Spices. This shop was popularly known as “Deggi Mirch Wale”.
- He married Leelawanti when he was 18 and had 2 sons and 6 daughters out of which 1 son passed away in 1992 in the same year his wife died.
Dharampal Gulati was a man of morals who was never afraid of taking risks and that’s how he reached the top of the Indian spice industry. Here are some more facts about MDH Owner.
- In 1954, he established ‘Roopak Stores’ in Karol Bagh and later named it to his younger brother, Satpal Gulati.
- Since 1960, MDH gained a name among the other spice shops in Karol Bagh and extended to Punjab and other small parts of Delhi.
- MDH also runs the “Sandesh Magazine”. It works to display the traditional family values of India.
- He also released his autobiography in which he uncovered some dark sides of his life, right from his salary to the riots phase and the success behind his success.
- He was very active and usually got up at 4:30 in the morning.
- Besides his age, he always took all-important business decisions and maintained quality products at affordable prices.
- One of the most interesting facts about him is that he never wore slippers or shoes in Karol Bagh and believed this place to be religious for himself as it offered him success, fame, and name.
- Whether a cheque is of five rupees or five crores, he signed it by himself.
These are some interesting and unknown facts about MDH owner that you must know about the oldest commercial actor in India.