To some people, the legacy they leave behind when their time on earth ends matters more than what they possessed while they walked the earth’s surface and such a people is Dr Sudhir Ruparelia, arguably the richest man in Uganda.
Ruparelia’s business acumen is barely rivalled and is wealth is everywhere for people to see but with all that achievements, he wants to be remembered for the little things he did for his people; for his goodness.
Through his Ruparelia Group with businesses real estate, education, finance, hospitality and agriculture in Uganda, Rwanda, UK, India and the United Arab Emirates, Ruparelia has been touched and transformed many live his philanthropic arm, the Ruparelia Foundation.
Ruparelia, himself a generous person, told the Billionaire Tomorrow website in an interview he wants to be remembered not for the money he has but as a good man and a man who keeps his word.
“I just want people to say, I know Sudhir is a good man, a man of his word. “I think, to me that is the biggest reward I can get from people when I am gone. That’s what I want,” he told the Billionaire Tomorrow website.
Ruparelia has over the years exhibited a level of generosity that many rich people in Uganda may struggle to equal or surpass. Through the Ruparelia Foundation, Sudhir has done a lot of corporate social responsibilities and charities.
In the interview with Billionaires Tomorrow, Sudhir tells a story about a man called Gandesha who introduced into the world of business in Kampala just after he had returned from London in 1985.