Vijay Mallya born 18 December 1955 is an Indian businessman and politician. The son of another businessman Vittal Mallya, he is the chairman of the UB Group, an Indian conglomerate with interests in beverage alcohol, aviation infrastructure, real estate and fertilizer among others. Mallya is also a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India.
He also co-owns the Formula One team Sahara Force India. His companies own Indian Premier League team Royal Challengers Bangalore, the I-League teams Mohun Bagan A.C. and East Bengal F.C.citation needed He is also a member of the World Motor Sport Council representing India in the FIA.
Mallya is the Chairman of public companies both in India and the US. He has been the Chairman of Sanofi India previously Hoechst AG and Aventis as well as the Chairman of Bayer CropScience in India for over 20 years, in addition to being the Chairman of several other companies.