$1 Million Jackpot: Should “India’s Real Life Slumdog Millionaire” Sushil Kumar Rejoice Or Worry?


Sushil and Amitabh

Sushil Kumar from Bihar just won the Rs 5 crores jackpot (Rs. 50 Million or $1M*) on the fifth season of Kaun Banega Crorepati (hosted by Amitabh Bachchan*). (For those who do not know KBC, this is the Indian version of Who wants to be a Millionaire)

Sushil Kumar will not receive the entire Rs. 5 crores ($1m), the tax department will eat up about one third of his jackpot leaving him with about Rs. 3.5 crores; that’s still a sizeable amount.

Let us see how it can help Mr. Sushil Kumar – a post graduate in philosophy and an IAS aspirant – in his life. He is currently a school teacher earning a meager Rs. 6000 ($123*) per month.

Sushil Receives His $1M check from Amitabh

In an interview Sushil Kumar revealed that he has some obligations that need to met first before he invests the rest of his money

  • An elder brother who wants to set up his own business
  • A younger brother wanting to quit his ‘piddly’ Rs. 1500 ($31*) per month job and also wants to start a new business.
  • His parents will want a nice big house – befitting the ‘crorepati’ son’s status
  • Sushil Kumar himself plans to quit his job in order to concentrate on his IAS exam.

Sushil Kumar (C), his wife and Bollywood Legend Amitabh Bachchan (R)

Sadly, along with a big amount of money God does not gift one with ‘financial wisdom’ – not even the wisdom of knowing that he needs unbiased financial advice. I can see a tomorrow and, therefore, find it difficult to rejoice in his success.

Why you ask? Here’s why…                                         

Even in his small village there will be a lot of people chasing him — “investment consultants” There will be greedy hands pulling from all sides:

Namely, LIC agents, mutual fund agents, bank managers, other life insurance companies, pension providers, brokerage houses and bankers.

It would be really interesting to track his life over the next 10 years on a year to year basis to see how much this money is scaring him, helping him, torturing him and helping him to meet his goals.

Story by- P V Subramanyam, http://in.finance.yahoo.com/news

*, “” – Added by Prince Baah-Duodu, www.baahduodu.wordpress.com

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