You live and you learn: Karan Bilimoria of Cobra Beer

The undisputed king of the curry house on optimism, dealing with losses and why marrying was the best decision he's ever made.

by Elizabeth Anderson

I founded Cobra in 1990 with a childhood friend of mine.

I was an optimistic entrepreneur with ideas. We complemented each other very well but he never believed the business would work and quit after five years.

I'm from a military family. My great-grandfather was in the police and arrested Mahatma Gandhi three times. My father was commander in chief of the Indian army. When I started Cobra, he said I'd wasted years of education by becoming an import-export wallah and told me to get a proper job.

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