At a valuation of over half a billion dollars, Jacky’s Group has traded in everything from a needle to a motorcar. In the 47 years since its inception, Jacky Panjabi’s eponymous firm has made consumer electronics its forte, with retail, distribution, third party logistics and export as its key strengths. Established in Hong Kong as a small mail order business, the company has now extended its multiple branches to the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and the Far East, establishing itself as a brand to reckon with.
As inspiring and motivating as the firm’s growth is, the key to its success lies with the man behind it all; the man whose name flashes across the company’s multiple subsidiaries and whose efforts have given the firm a stronghold on the markets in UAE, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Bangladesh.
The root of this success story actually traces back many years. Rewind to 1947, when the Indo-Pak war pushed Jacky Panjabi’s father to uproot his life in Karachi and start afresh in Ajmer. Job opportunities had Jacky, his older brother Ishwardas, and his father shuffle between Singapore, Delhi and Ajmer, until Jacky flew to Hong Kong in 1969 in the hunt for a job.
“Life there wasn’t easy, as there were hundreds of people looking for work. Three months of struggle later, a well wisher helped me get a job at a tailor shop. I worked 12 hours a day, and struggled with the language barrier as my Englis