How he made his pile: Kirit Pathak, indian food magnate

Who is he? Chairman and CEO of Indian food empire Patak's. He sold the company for an estimated £105m last May to Associated British Foods, becoming chairman of ABF's world foods division. Now 55, he's worth £205m.

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Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

How did he make his millions? Pathak's father began making and selling samosas in 1957, after arriving in the UK from Kenya with six children and just £5. Pathak took control of the business in 1989, and Patak's now distributes products to more than 40 countries. It's not all happy families, though. Pathak's sisters claimed they were cheated out of their inheritance. The bitter legal battle, dubbed 'Spice Wars', was eventually settled out of court.

The secret of his success? Quality, authenticity and convenience, says Pathak. His younger brother Yogesh called him a schemer who makes 'Machiavelli look like Mother Teresa'. Either way, Pathak's wife Meena has proved vital. She develops and approves the recipes, and is described as the creative force behind the brand.

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