Sachin Tendulkar India~~s ~~billion dollar man~~

Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2003, 18:42 [IST]
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London: Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar and Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bhachchan have joined India's top 20 Billionaire's Club, according to a new report. The wealth of Tendulkar and Bachchan has been estimated at Rs two billion each, according to Success 2003, a report by Britain's Eastern Eye released here on Tuesday night. Tendulkar's rise from humble beginnings to where he is today was documented by the report. "Tendulkar comes from a lower middle class Maharashtrian family, studied in a Marathi school and lived in a community chawl in Bandra (East), a suburb in Mumbai," it said. "Not only is Tendulkar talented on the field, he has also been smart off it," said advertising expert Prahlad Kakkar, who has directed several advertisements featuring the cricketer. "Tendulkar has handled his advertising portfolio very smartly, in the process making himself one of the richest Indians around," Kakkar added. The cricketer has now diversified into his other passion, food, starting his own restaurant called Tendulkar's in Mumbai. He plans to have an open a string of eateries, the report said. PTI

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