Since its foundation in 1958, the BI Group has set inimitable standards of excellence across different verticals, including Hospitality, Real Estate, Education, Media and Publishing. With transparency and ethics as its guiding philosophies, the BI Group strives to uphold the highest standards of service.
An enduring commitment to excellence is the cornerstone for the group helping us achieve new milestones across these diversified sectors.
BI Group continues to carry forward its tradition of legendary hospitality that was spearheaded by Ripu Daman Bhagat in 1958. Driven by his values, we have embraced innovation and expanded our global footprint fostering mutual client and employee relationships. We have imbibed signature accoutrements that define luxury in all facets of our business with integrity while being sensitive towards our surrounding environment.
Visionary & entrepreneur Ripu Daman Bhagat (1935 – 2002) laid the foundation of BI Group in 1958. Driven by his dreams, desires and determination, he embarked on his entrepreneurial journey at a very young age – expanding business across industry verticals such as distilleries, industrial machines, hotels, education and publications.
Mr. R.D. Bhagat with the then Prime Minister of India, Smt. Indira Gandhi, for the release of her book, “Eternal India”, which was published by BI Publications.
Mr. R.D. Bhagat with the then Prime Minister of India, Shri Rajiv Gandhi, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Patriot newspaper.
Mr. R.D. Bhagat with the then President of India, Shri Giani Zail Singh, to release Smt Indira Gandhi’s book, “Eternal India”.
Managing the Group as its Chairman, he has over 24 years of experience in various roles in different divisions of the group and significantly expanded its activities.
After studying Business Management from Syracuse University (New York), he joined as an Assistant Manager in the Distillery division of the group in 1991 looking after Production and eventually became the Managing Director in 2001. He was responsible for the Joint Venture with companies like IDV (Diageo) for brands such as Gilbeys, Smirnoff etc, for setting up the first effluent treatment plant in India which reduced the discharge levels to International standards and the subsequent sale of the Distillery business in 2007.
He was also part of an Industry think-tank for the ethanol for fuel programme which resulted in a 5 % mandatory mixing of alcohol with fuel to save valuable foreign exchange and reduce import bills of crude oil by promoting the use of more economical and less polluting fuel.
On the 10th of June 2008, Mr. Bhagat was given an award by the Government of El Salvador. This award is one of the highest civilian awards given to those who “distinguish themselves by an eminent and extraordinary service to the Republic, by their extraordinary civic virtues”.
Born and raised up in Frankfurt, Germany, Ms Bhagat did her BDS and went on to do her post-graduation in comprehensive cosmetic dentistry at NYU. She worked with leading dental practitioners in New York that helped her learn the nuances of medical commerce before she came back to India to work with Dr. Anil Kohli with whom she co-authored the book ‘dental care for Children’ which was honoured by then president of India.
Her attentiveness for education led her to be a part of board of directors at Kodaikanal International School that has been her alma mater. Her medical inquisitiveness is apparent through her introduction of initiatives like holistic healing programmes for guests at The Farm, Philippines where she serves as the Director. Currently she looks after the group’s ingenuities in education, media and hotels.