Brij Mohan Khaitan, who was a giant of tea industry and also had a long association with Assam through the business of tea passed away on Saturday. He was 92 at the time of his death.
Brij Mohan breathed his last at his residence at Queens Park in Kolkata on Saturday morning leaving behind his son Aditya, daughter Divya and grandson Amritanshu.
Khaitan was the chairman of the Williamson Magor group and had built a sprawling business empire ranging from tea to battery and engineering during his course of life as a businessman. He also once owned several tea gardens in Assam but many of them have to be disposed later to clear the debts.
At the early age when he started his business, he also owned a fertilizer company at Sootea in Assam. According to reports, the cordial relations with the Magors which he started his business in the very first turned sour in 2001 leading to a hostile and unpleasant crack but Khaitan bounced back within four years taking over the tea business from Philip Magor’s Williamson Tea Assam and turned it into the largest bulk tea producer in the world.
He was also instrumental in establishing the Assam Valley School in Tezpur and was considered as one of the founder architects of the residential school in Assam.