Who after Anil Agarwal?

So far it seems unlikely that the billionaire’s two children are interested in the business. The lack of a clear succession plan brings even greater urgency to Vedanta’s restructuring exercise.

Vedanta’s Anil Agarwal is one of India’s most successful businessmen. He will turn 70 in January, but remains a wily operator. 

“What one is nearly sure of is if Agarwal announces something, he may most probably do the opposite,” says a veteran investor in the stock market, who requested not to be named.

Consider the current situation: His oil-to-metals conglomerate Vedanta Resources needs to repay $2.1 billion this financial year and another $3.8 billion the next fiscal. The deadlines won’t be easy to meet as many of his businesses are facing headwinds. To this end, Agarwal recently announced a major …


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