About the Author
Described as the ‘son of the founder of modern Industrial India’, Modi’s father established the Modi Group of Industries and the industrial township of Modinagar. As a member of one of the wealthiest families in India, Modi had a fortunate childhood that led him directly into business. Modi started India’s first private airline (Modiluft, now known as Spice Jet) in 1993. He founded and is on the board of India’s first offshore mutual fund, the J.F. India Fund, which is part of J.P. Morgan Chase. Through the course of his illustrious life Modi realised that happiness did not lie in the material world. This knowledge led him into the humble pursuit for greater value in life. His book is a direct result of this journey.
Satish Modi has maintained the legacy of his philanthropist parents by supporting a range of charities, educational institutions and the arts. Satish Modi and his wife Abha established the International Institute of Fine Arts (www.iifaindia.org) in 2000 and in 2010 Modi also launched Arts for India, a charity to raise funds to support underprivileged, yet talented artists from India (www.artsforindia.org). ‘Arts for India’ has three educational partners – The International Institute of Fine Arts, the University of Arts London and the Royal Drawing School (founded by HRH the Prince of Wales). For his services to the nation, Satish Modi has received a number of awards and honours including the Gem of India Award. He was appointed an Ambassador for Philanthropy by the UK’s Founding Ambassador for Philanthropy, Dame Stephanie Shirley. In 2010, he was nominated for an Arts & Business Prince of Wales Medal for Arts Philanthropy.