Arts and Entertainment: Ronnie Screwvala

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Arts and Entertainment: Ronnie Screwvala

Age: 54
Chairman UTV Group

It is said that Ronnie Screwvala, the head of Mumbai-based television and film production and distribution house UTV Group, smells opportunities even when he has a cold. From running a recording studio to producing films with Hollywood studios, he was the first to detect the potential of the Bollywood-Hollywood connection. Walt Disney has a 57% stake in UTV, and Screwvala has co-produced three films—M Night Shyamalan's sci-fi thriller The Happening, Mira Nair's Namesake, and Chris Rock's I Think I Love My Wife—with Fox. He also has a tie-up with Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment to make an animation and a live-action film.