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Politics and investment are two different animals: Rajeev Chandrasekhar

30 May, 2016

The private equity investment he started with $100 million a decade ago has paid rich dividends with the value of total assets he’s invested in going up to around $900 million, says entrepreneur, investor and politician Rajeev Chandrasekhar. The year June 2005 was a turning point in Chandrasekhar’s career; he sold his telecom venture BPL Mobile for around a billion dollar, floated the PE firm Jupiter Capital and was also, elected to the upper house of Indian parliament Rajya Sabha.

This Illinois Institute of Technology and Harvard-educated technologist who was part of Intel’s Pentium chip design team now focusses on his political career while his portfolio of investments is sitting pretty.

In this exclusive interaction with VCCircle Chandrasekhar discusses his political career, private equity investments, his interests in media properties and his views on consumer internet. “Politics and investing are two different animals,” he says. According to him, in politics it takes much longer to make an impact. “Investments are not necessarily like that. I don’t wait around for nine years for an investment (to turn profitable),” he says. Watch the video for more.

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pradip dubhashi . 8 months ago

I appreciate Rajeev Chandrashekhar for his stint as a politician; he has conducted himself with grace, pursued issues with intellectual doggedness and has been bi-partisan in his approach in severely partisan Rajya Sabha. But what I like more is his attitude to investment in so called technology area. He is categoric in not pursuing investment where the western models are copied and thus lack native creativity. His preference for natively generated IP and brand capital will go much further and will do exemplary by the Indian technologists who toil without any help.

Politics and investment are two different animals: Rajeev Chandrasekhar

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