Anand Kapoor is the group vice chairman of Midcom Group, a major international conglomerate with an annual turnover exceeding US$1.5 billion. The company is involved in industries from telecommunications to commodities, commercial and residential real estate, dairy products, forex and education. Mr Kapoor, 42, has lived in Dubai since 2004 with his wife Anvita, and their two daughters, ages 14 and nine.
What are your favourite things to do at the weekend?
Spending time with my family. My weekends are essentially big kids’ days out as catching up with them is the highlight of the weekend. Either we go out as a family for a game of golf or a walk along the beach, or we swim in the pool at home or just watch a movie. Both my girls love Bollywood movies so we usually catch up with a few movies.
What do you consider to be your favourite hobby?
It has to be golf. For me golf is not just a game it’s a lot more. Each time I go to the golf course and approach a shot I discover something new about myself. Whether it’s breaking a milestone score, pulling off a difficult shot, limiting the number of putts – there’s always a way to find a small victory in a round of golf and each game is different to the last one.
What can’t you live without?
I would have to say my family again. I believe I have it in myself to start over and establish any successful business empire, but nothing can ever replace my family and the strength I get from them. I draw a lot of inspiration from them: the discipline from my father, the value system from my mother, perseverance from my life partner and a lot of patience from my children. They are also my biggest critics. From the start of my journey my family has not only supported me, but also intervened when it was needed. They are irreplaceable.
What do you consider the secret to your success?
I started out small but I have always had a mission. Despite the various obstacles I’ve had to overcome on my journey to build a successful business empire, I always concentrated on the end goal, made the best of the resources available to me and never gave up. One thing that really sticks out in my journey is the word “possible”: I always believed I could and I would; there was nothing “impossible”, nothing which could actually demoralise me or make me change my goal.
What advice would you offer others starting out in your business?
I would begin with an emphasis on the word dream. For any-one starting out, it is essential to dream and to have a mission. You need to set targets – both personal and organisational goals. The industry is extremely competitive so one has to adapt to the circumstances and equip oneself to handle future obstacles. Finally for me, believing in yourself is the core of success.
How do you achieve a work-life balance?
Despite having an extremely busy work schedule and a lot of travel, I make sure I take time off. I feel any business has the ability to engage you 24/7, especially if you have operations spread all over the world, but you need to stop somewhere and take a break. A short trip with my family, a game of golf or even just an hour of yoga increases my productivity. Yearly holidays are a must, I love to travel to India with my kids to give them an insight into my childhood and also to keep them close to the Indian culture.
How do you relax after the working day?
Usually after a long working day you’ll find me at home with my family. I am a big foodie so an evening of good food with my family is perfect relaxation.
If you weren’t group vice chairman of this company what else would you be doing?
I’d be a golfer; its not just a game for me, it’s also my passion.