How an Indian labourer became a billionaire & ended up owning Rolls-Royces & Ferraris

How an Indian labourer became a billionaire & ended up owning Rolls-Royces & Ferraris

Bollywood movies of old often depicted the story of a boy who leaves his village or city only to return as a really rich man. Meet Dr.K. T. Rabiullah, a man who’s upward mobility is worthy of a Bollywood flick. He’s now a billionaire and owns a fleet of luxury cars. But the way he got here is what makes it so special.

What is his success story?

Dr. Rabiullah was quite young when he left for the Gulf as a labourer. He saved enough money to start his own business, which has now become a huge empire. He currently has around 10,000 employees working under him. He owns and operates around 50 hospitals and clinics across the Gulf states. There are 700 doctors available round the clock at the hospitals and clinics he owns.

He owns the Al Jazeera Shifa Group which is now a huge name in medical sciences across the globe. He is also a well-known philanthropist and donates a huge amount of money to charity every year. The doctor left his studies due to financial constraints and has received a ‘Doctor’ title as an honour from a medical institute. Dr. Rabiulla is decorated with India’s highest award for an NRI, known as “Pravasi Bhartiya Samman” award. He has also received the prestigious “Shastri Award” for his meticulous work.

So, which are the cars in his garage?

Usually, Dr. Rabiullah mostly stays in the Gulf region. But recently, he celebrated a grand opening of his home in Malappuram, Kerala. His garage here in India is nothing less than a dream. The list includes fast sport cars, capable SUVs and ultra-luxurious saloons.

Land Rover Range Rover

The Range Rover needs no introduction. The flagship SUV from the iconic British manufacturer is used by the doctor on a regular basis. This one is his go to vehicle for regular work-related outings. The price of Range Rover’s top-end variant starts above Rs. 2.14 crore in India, and is termed as one of the most luxurious SUVs in the world.

Rolls Royce Phantom II

A royal chariot, this one is truly an estate on wheels. The Phantom Series II drips luxury. The fully customisable car comes with a wooden dashboard and premium leather. The Phantom is among the world’s most luxurious cars and there are is no denying it. The iconic British car is a hand-built car powered by a 6.8-litre petrol V12 engine that produces a maximum of 453 BHP and costs more than Rs. 7 crore.

Ferrari 458 Italia

Few cars can manage the sheer technical and mechanical prowess of the 458 Italia. It is designed with inputs from the Ferrari’s Formula 1 team and uses technologies like KERS straight from Formula1 racing. The exotic 458 Italia is powered by a 4.5-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine that generates a maximum of 562 BHP. The car costed Rs. 3.5 crore at the time of its launch.

Bentley Flying Spur

If any company ever came close to Rolls Royce in terms of sheer opulence, it will definitely be the Bentley. Dr. Rabiullah also has one in the form of the Flying Spur. This Bentley is powered by a 6.0-litre W12 petrol engine that produces a whopping 600 BHP. The luxurious Flying Spur comes with many handcrafted accessories. The complete package carried a price tag of Rs. 2.5 crore when it was launched.

Porsche Cayenne

The powerful Cayenne is one of Porsche’s best selling models. The German built SUV looks unique and can be easily identified because of its shape. We are not sure which engine option this car is powered by exactly but the car gets many powerful engine options. The most powerful petrol engine is the 496 BHP producing 4.8-litre V8 engine, while the most powerful diesel engine is the 378 BHP producing 4.2-litre V8 engine.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

The S-Class is among the longest and most comfortable sedans on offer in our country. It carries a lot of fancy equipment like a flat rear seat, seat massager, and rear screen. This behemoth is powered by a 5.0-litre V12 petrol engine on its top-end variant. A V6 3.0-litre diesel engine is also available that generates a maximum of 255 BHP of maximum power.

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

This is the flagship SUV from the German automaker Mercedes-Benz. Although discontinued now, the top-of-the-line SUV has now become GLS. It is based on the S-Class platform and offers similar equipment and comfort level. The GL-Class is used by Dr. Rabiullah during family holidays.

Nissan Patrol

This one is an import, probably from the UAE. The Patrol is a rough-and-tough vehicle. It can tame any terrain without breaking a sweat. The car has been modified with off-road aids like mud terrain tyres, and snorkel on the outside. The Patrol is powered by a 4.6-litre petrol engine that generates a maximum of 400 BHP.

Rolls-Royce Ghost

The Ghost is the entry-level Rolls-Royce, with it hefty Rs. 4.9 crore price tag. It comes with all the bells and whistles and many ultra-luxurious features. The Ghost is powered by a 6.6-litre petrol engine that generates 562 BHP of maximum power and 780 Nm of maximum torque. This car is the most selling model of the company.

Volkswagen Beetle

The original bug looks good even today after many decades and design changes. The yellow Beetle owned by the billionaire is powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine that produces a maximum of 114 BHP. It is the older gen car that had a more curvy design than the outgoing model.


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