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My first salary was ₹1,743: Pooja Jain, MD At ₹2000 Cr Luxor Group

After her father's passing, Pooja Jain Gupta, Managing Director of Luxor Group, took charge of the Rs 2000 crore company. In a Forbes India interview, she revealed her first salary was Rs 1,743.

By Rashaad Ather
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Pooja Jain Gupta, Managing Director at Luxor Group, was entrusted with the responsibility of managing the Rs 2000 crore company after her father's passing. In a recent interview with Forbes India, she revealed that her first salary was Rs 1,743.

The Luxor group is the original owner of famous brands like Parker, Pilot, Waterman and other writing equipment.

Pooja, a trained salsa dancer, has always been captivated by what her father built with Luxor Writing Instruments. She is the only one of the four children who pursued a career in the business, and her father made sure it wasn't an easy path to the top.

She shared her journey and experiences in a candid interview. Reflecting on her father's passing, she recounted the sudden responsibility she inherited. Despite initial hesitation about taking on a significant title, she took the role with support from her family and the Luxor team. 

Work-Life Balance:

Balancing work and family, Pooja spoke about her partnership with her husband, Prav, highlighting how they support each other. She fondly recalled their journey from family friends to life partners and discussed her passion for art, travel, and new experiences. Though she has a hectic schedule, Pooja finds joy in her work, rejecting the label of workaholic because she genuinely loves what she does.

Pooja also reflected on her younger self, noting that while her energy remains unchanged, her responsibilities have evolved. She values the protective nature of her father and believes it shaped her positively.

Addressing the challenges of being a woman leader, Pooja expressed that she never saw her gender as a barrier, attributing her success to her father’s teachings and her determination. She remains optimistic about the future of women in business, emphasizing the progress made and the potential for further growth.

Pooja is the third of four siblings and feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to work closely with her father. She believes in focusing on her work and karma, following her father's philosophy of being a Karm Yogi. Pooja's journey is a testament to her resilience, dedication, and the strong values instilled by her family.