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l.n.mittal - L akshmi Niwas Mittal is the richest Indian in...

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L akshmi Niwas Mittal is the richest Indian in the world, with an estimated wealth of over $27 billion. Based in London [ Images ], Mittal still holds an Indian passport and has king-sized ambitions to make his company Mittal Steel a true global behemoth. It does not matter that Mittal Steel is already the world's biggest steel company. In a rare interview with Simi [ Images ] Grewal at his palatial mansion in London, Mittal opens a little-known side to his personality. The interview will be aired on television channel Star World, in the programme Rendezvous with Simi Grewal , on Sunday at 9 30 p.m. (IST). SG: Lakshmi Niwas Mittal, it's a pleasure to be here. LNM: Pleasure is mine. Thank you so much for letting us into your world. Beautiful world. I'm very happy to see you here in London. Thank you. Normally you do all your shootings in Bombay or on, in your studio but I'm very happy and glad that you took all the efforts and trouble to come to London to shoot me. You moved to Kolkata [ Images ] about the age of 6 or 5. Yeah, at the age of 6. Were you pressurized to get good grades or was this something you enjoyed doing? Yes. My father and my mother would always look at that, that I topped the class. They would pressurize you? Yes there would be always pressure. Indirect pressure. Yeah. I remember I would tell my father every day during exams how many hours I studied. Oh, you'd have to? He would ask me in the evening, 'how many hours you studied after school.' You don't like it though. You don't like it though, so much of pressure. . . but I think in hindsight it was the right thing to do. As a parent still I would do the same for my children. I would expect them to excel in what they were or they are doing or what… You were studying in a Hindi medium school. Yes. And was it difficult to make a transition to an English medium college? In the beginning, yes. And you topped that as well! You came first in college as well. . . Yeah, I got first position in Commerce. . . I used to also attend my, my father's office. So it was. . . Was there any fun or freedom for you growing up or was it just hard work? I don't think we ever felt that there was no freedom or anything. I never felt that. Did you know what was fun? No, I used to play football, cricket on Sundays. We were allowed to go movies, once a week, if I remember right. Once a week? Yeah. The whole family would go to movies. First of all, we come from a middle-class family. Then you are so much focussed and committed to do work and your education. . . as I was. I never thought of going out. So I went to restaurant first time when I was 14 or 15, I remember, in Park Street.
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Flurry's? I think I went to Trinca's. Trinca's? First time in my life. It was a great excitement! LN, were you ambitious? Because you know, today all these young boys have clear life goals and plans. Did you?
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