Essar Global Fund invests, builds and nurtures a portfolio of world-class companies through Essar Capital, its investment manager.

Ravi Ruia - Founder, Essar

Ravi Ruia


Ravi Ruia belongs to the generation of industrialists who have played a significant role in leading India’s industrial renaissance. An engineer by training, his entrepreneurial abilities have enabled the Essar Global portfolio of companies to become one of the leading names in global industry.

Ravi began his career in the family business and has worked with his elder brother, Shashi Ruia, toward steering the company to its current position of eminence, helping in the consolidation of its businesses and through setting up overseas ventures.

The two brothers, Shashi and Ravi, jointly founded Essar Global Fund Limited (EGFL) as a diversified global private fund exclusively managed by its investment manager, Essar Capital Limited. EGFL is a global investor, controlling a number of world-class assets diversified across the core sectors of Energy (comprising Exploration & Production, Refining & Marketing and Power businesses), Infrastructure (comprising Ports, Terminals and EPC businesses), Metals & Minerals, and Services & Technology (comprising Shipping, Oilfield services and Technology Solutions).

EGFL invests long-term capital into the portfolio companies and holds near 100% stake in all its investments. EGFL invests with a sense of active ownership, which involves direct engagement with the management of the respective businesses. The portfolio companies have aggregate revenues of about USD 13 billion and employ over 7,000 people.

Essar has time and again demonstrated its ability to build and operate world-class assets that have elicited the interest of the best global players. Essar’s portfolio businesses in the Telecom, BPO and Oil & Gas sectors have attracted more than $30 billion of monetization proceeds from global majors, like Vodafone, Rosneft and Trafigura.

Ravi has overseen Essar’s globalization plans, including new ventures in the United States, Africa, South East Asia and the Middle East, and has led several investments and divestments for Essar globally. Ravi was a recipient of the Business India Businessman of the Year Award 2010.