Ronnie Screwvala is an entrepreneur and film producer. He belongs to Indian nationality. The full name of Ronnie Screwvala is Rohinton Soli Screwvala. His name was included in the list of 21st Century’s Most Influential People in 2008, produced by Esquire. Along with this, he also achieved the rank of 78 in the list of 100 most influential people in the world (Time 100).
Ronnie Screwvala started his career in Mumbai, India, where he introduced cable television, built UTV Software Communication, and partnered with multiple companies like 20th Century Fox, Bloomberg, News Corp, and others. In the following section, we are going provide information on Ronnie Screwvala’s Biography Net Worth, Early Life, Career, Family, etc. Scroll down the page to get the details.
Ronnie Screwvala Biography
Ronnie Screwvala and his wife started a non-profit foundation named “The Swades Foundation in 2013. The goal of the foundation was to collaborate with millions of people situated in rural areas of the country, empower them to upgrade from the poverty line every six to seven years and then do the same to another area to achieve the same. He then started investing in online education and co-founding the UpGrad.
It provides higher education education along with the sector of specialization. After that, he entered the sports company named (U Sports) vaulting over Kabaddi and Esports. All of these investments have shown that Ronnie Screwvala is one of the effective private equity investors in the startups of the Indian company.
Ronnie Screwvala is now ready to invest in other companies. After seeing the success of the first two seasons of Shark Tank India, the show is ready to stream its 3rd Season in January 2024. Viewers can see Ronnie Screwvala as the Shark Tank India Judge in the Shark Tank India 3rd Season. He has completed the powerhouse of Shark Tank along with Vineeta Singh, Aman Gupta and others.
Ronnie Screwvala’s Early Life and Education
Ronnie Screwvala was born and brought up in Mumbai, India. He belongs to the Parsi family. His father worked as an executive in the firm of British J L Morrison and Smith& Nephew. Ronnie completed his schooling and then started college at Cathedral John Coonon School and Sydenham College in Mumbai. During his schooling life, Screwvala showed a keen interest in theatres. He also started playing in some professional plays conducted in the Bombay Theatre as a hobby. Some of the notable roles had been played by Ronnie Screwvala in Death of a Salesman and Othello by Shakespeare.
Ronnie Screwvala Family
Ronnie Screwvala is married to Zarina Mehta, his second wife. His wife Zarina is a co-founder of UTV, a media company. Now, she is the co-trustee of the Philanthropic Foundation: The Swades Foundation. The couple lives in Breach Candy, which is situated in South Mumbai. He was earlier married to Majula Nanavati. They had a daughter together. Their daughter’s name is Trishya Screwvala. She is running a Non-Profit project named “The Lighthouse Project“. Trishya is married to a Sports Commentator named Suhail Chandhok.
Rohinton Soli Screwvala Career
Ronnie Screwvala started his career as an entrepreneur by founding a toothbrush manufacturing company. In 1981, Screwvala was also credited with pioneering Cable TV when there was a single channel named Doordarshan. He grew the same in various cities and hotel chains in India. Ronnie Screwvala also hosted a quiz named Mashoor Mahal on the same channel.
In 1990, Screwvala founded UTV, which grew into a leading movie studio over some time. The same company was listed on the stock exchange in 2005. After some time, Disney took a substantial stake in UTV and divested the company fully in 2012.
Ronnie and his wife founded the Swades Foundation in 2013 onwards. The foundation’s name was decided by the film he produced named Swades. The goal of the foundation is to remove poverty from rural areas. Currently, the foundation is working in Raigad, Maharashtra, where millions of people from two thousand villages are working together. The main focus is on the livelihood opportunities where they work on sanitation, water and others.
After that, Ronnie Screwvala founded UpGrad, one of India’s leading online educational companies. Then, they founded U Sports, which focuses majorly on three sports, i.e., Kabaddi, E Sports and Football. Ronnie entered back into the media and entertainment industry with RSVP Movies.
Ronnie Screwvala Biography Net Worth
In 1990, Screwvala started his career with a TV production company with Rs 37,500 before becoming a media conglomerate. After that, Walt Disney bought UTV for $454 million and turned it into Disney UTV. Right Now, Ronnie Screwvala is a co-founder and a chairperson of upGrad whose value is estimated to be around $2.25 billion. RSVP has produced many pictures and one of the grossing movies named Uri: The Surgical Strike, which earned over Rs 350 crore worldwide. According to the Hurun India Rich List 2022, Ronnie Screwvala’s net worth is estimated to be around Rs. 12,800 crores after combining all income sources.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Rohinton Soli Screwvala’s age?
Rohinton Soli Screwvala was born on 8 September 1956. His age is 67 years old.
How many films have been produced or co-produced by Rohinton Soli Screwvala?
Rohinton Soli Screwvala has produced and co-produced more than 80 films till now. Such as Bhangra Paa Le, Uri: The Surgical Strike, Peter Gaya Kaam Se, ABCD (Any Body Can Dance), Arjun: The Warrior Prince, etc.
What is the occupation of Rohinton Soli Screwvala?
Rohinton Soli Screwvala was the founder of UTV Group (Now Walt Disney India), Founder Trustee of Swades Foundation, Founder of Unilazer Ventures, Board of Advisor AIESEC India, Founder of RSVP Movies and the Chairman of UpGrad company.