|He is known for his glitzy and flamboyant way of life, which is covered by the media very now and then. He took the reigns of the UB Group as the Chairman in the year 1983 and took it to commendable progress. His energetic leadership has given the boost to the group into a multi-national conglomerate. The UB Group has branched out business interests varying from alcoholic beverages, engineering, life sciences, engineering, chemicals, agriculture, leisure, sports, and information technology. Mallya was also selected to the Rajya Sabha o the Upper House of Parliament.