Tycoon Sudhir speaks out on when to borrow and when not, to start a business

Tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia, Uganda’s richest man and chairman of the Ruparelia Foundation is often asked by many business hopefuls on how built his empire to become a billionaire and amass all the fortune he has to his name.

As a philanthropist and investor, It is a question Sudhir likes to answer often and share ideas with the upcoming entrepreneurs. And in this series of this exclusive business acumen, Sudhir reveals on when to borrow and when not, to start a business.

Dr. Sudhir, who according to Uganda Revenue Authority is one of the top taxpayers in the country seldom often recalls how his journey to becoming a billionaire started way back when he was a taxi driver, an inspiration he likes to share with many people.

The business mogul who built the Ruparelia Group brick by brick shared his wealth of business wisdom in webinar recently. Billionaire Tomorrow is a publication dedicated to the hard work and struggles of wealth creation in Africa from the dreamers to billionaires in the making.

The advice from the city landlord is worth paying attention to, for anyone who wants to build a solid business empire spanning Uganda, Rwanda, UAE, India, United Kingdom, among other countries, like Sudhir has done.

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Three decades ago, Sudhir was a normal businessman in Kampala city. He had used his savings as a taxi driver in the United Kingdom to start a business in his motherland, Uganda.

Today, the billionaire’s thoughts drawn from the experience of steadily growing his empire is priceless.

Sudhir and his family have business interests in hospitality, education, real estate, finance, insurance, labor export, and agriculture, among others.

In series, we shall be bringing you tips on what Sudhir says will help your business survive the turbulent seas of entrepreneurship and business management.

He told ‘Billionaires Tomorrow’ website his two cents on borrowing to start a business.

“Do not expand very quickly, outside your means,” he cautions on wise use of capital.

“Allow some form of organic growth. So long as you have a good amount of cash flow coming in, you need to first focus on projects which you can fund.” He said.

One might imagine, since Sudhir made his fortune, partly because of his investment in financial institutions, he would advise business people to borrow to start their businesses.

No. He doesn’t.

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“Avoid borrowing if you can,” he wisely, points out. Instead, the billionaire, says, “First, try and grow according to the cash flow you have and are creating. It is probably the best option. Because the truth is said, opportunities come all the time, especially when you have good cash flow. Take those opportunities.”

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