Abhishek Verma is an iconic name in the history of the Billionaires in India, acquires control as the Chief Evangelist of the group Olialia World, a European FMCG Giant with a valuation of more than 2 billion Dollars.
Some of the most successful and wealthiest entrepreneurs take decades to establish their empire, while few hit the jackpot very early on. Abhishek Verma is one such person who used his sharp business acumen and skills to strike gold and became India’s youngest billionaire at an age of 28 in 1997.
Abhishek Verma was born on 23 February 1968 New Delhi, India in a political family. His father, Late Shrikant Verma was an eminent journalist and poet before entering the political phase of his life. In the year 1976, following the footprints of Late Indira Gandhi (India’s only female Prime Minister), he joined Congress party and became Member of Parliament. Later, he was appointed as the General Secretary of Congress party.
Abhishek Verma’s mother, Mrs. Veena Verma, has also been an active politician. She had served as the Member of Parliament for 14 years and was later appointed as the Vice President of Congress Party. During her political stint, she was also appointed as the chief of Mahila Congress.
Belonging to a political family, Mr. Verma’s inclination towards the media and business world was clearly discernible. After completing his Bachelor’s Degree from Hindu College, he went abroad to complete his higher studies from Georgetown University, Washington DC. Thereafter, he started his professional career as the Editor-Publisher of a monthly magazine (India Worldwide) for Non-Resident Indians in the USA.
On returning back to India in 1992, the Indian National Congress Party was keen to contest him as the party’s candidate for upcoming Lok Sabha elections (1996). However, the Abhishek denied the proposal, as he had already decided to build his own fortune.
As time passed by, Abhishek Verma became an iconic name synonymous with success. The year 1997 brought many life-changing and credible milestones for him. He was named as the Youngest Billionaire of India (at an age of 28) by the country’s top magazine India Today in its cover story of the November 1997 issue.
Going forward, he forayed into the telecommunications industry and started his second brainchild- Atlas Interactive India Private Limited, which was again a huge success. In the year 2004, the company entered them into an agreement with the Indian government to run BSNL in order to provide the technology of NetTV(Television through the internet connection). He also entered into a funding arrangement with Chinese public sector ZTE Corporation and signed a US$ 1.4 billion funding agreement in 2005 during the visit of the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to India.
In the year 2006, he married former Miss Universe Romania Anca Neacsu, due to which he was once again in the limelight in Indian as well as global media. Since their marriage, Anca Verma has been a pillar of strength and has always supported him in all his decisions. Working together, both of them have achieved unparalleled success and growth in all the ventures they have invested to date.
Fast forwarding a few years, in 2011, Abhishek Verma acquired control of Olialia World ($2 billion FMCG brand) as the Chief Evangelist of the group with his wife Anca Verma as the Chairperson of Olialia World.
In 2016, Olialia Group expanded its operations in India and entered the FMCG, banking as well as the food sectors.
Abhishek Verma also showed his contribution towards Government of India’s ‘Make in India’ Initiative. Mr. Verma stated, “We are bringing a new cola brand in India, besides certain verticals of food products. We will have them manufactured in India as per ‘Make in India’ scheme of the government.”
By 2017, Business Achiever Abhishek Verma had bagged the contract to construct the Maldives International Airport. In an interview with a leading daily, he stated, “The airport, with an investment of $500 million is a part of the US$ 2 billion development plan of Olialia World in the Northern Atolls of Maldives which would be also known as “OLIALIA NEW MALDIVES”.
Offering back to society is another aspect of Abhishek Verma and is at the heart of everything that he does. He regularly talks up the joys of philanthropy and encourages everyone to show their bit of support in any form for the development of environment and society. He believes that the most successful, respected and desirable businesses exist to do much more than making money; they exist to use the power of business to solve the social and environmental problem in the community.
Abhishek Verma along with his wife Anca Verma are the trustees of ‘Shrikant Verma Charitable Trust’ with an aim to uplift the health and living standards of the underprivileged children in our society. Recently, an event was held at the trust in which children were given toys, gifts, shoes, clothes, chocolates, body hygiene products and other daily use items.
Billionaire Abhishek Verma was also the trustee of the Nehru Bal Samiti, which is a charitable organization. The charity runs 6 schools in Delhi and has approximately 4,000 students. He feels proud to be associated with the Samiti for such a noble cause.
He has also supervised several civic initiatives in India. Installation of electric wells and medical clinics for the deprived people, starting mid-day meal schemes for children is some of the drives sponsored by him.
Abhishek Verma is a perfect example of an undefined success, his full of success graph inspires every businessman not only in India but all over the world. His immense success, humbleness, and personality are perceptible.
The success story of business tycoon Abhishek Verma is a source of inspiration for all the young and budding entrepreneurs around the world.