The Hindujas Are In A Heap Of Trouble

The powerful brothers face scandals and business woes

The Hinduja brothers--Srichand, Gopichand, Prakash, and Ashok--are among India's best-known expatriates. Based in London and Geneva, they preside over an estimated $15 billion trading and industrial empire that spans four continents. In truth, they're better known for cultivating potentates than running well-managed, transparent companies. But when India opened to foreign investment in 1991, the Hindujas were welcomed home with open arms. They have since invested some $2 billion in businesses as diverse as banking, cable television, explosives, and trucks.

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