Giving Back For The Greater Good: A Necessary Ingredient For True Professional Success

Anil Jethmal is featured in Simon & Schuster’s The Winner’s Circle 2: How Ten Stockbrokers Became the Best In the Business. He, however, points out that he is not even the most successful person in his own family.

His father, who had no formal training in law, successfully argued a case in the Supreme Court in the Philippines to redefine agency ownership of fixed property by permanent resident aliens. In order to pass the bar in the Philippines, Anil Jethmal proudly points out, prospective lawyers need to study his father’s work. Anil’s father, the most principled person he ever knew, drew his own pride from feeding entire starving villages across India.

Anil’s grandfather founded, grew and, for three decades, ran the largest domestic electronics company in India. He was affectionately referred to as “The Baron” for all his charitable work throughout the country.

Anil Jethmal’s younger cousin is a self-made billionaire at age 45. He has earned hundreds of millions of dollars each in two separate companies in two completely different industries. More than that, he did it in two different countries. In both cases, he started from scratch, and not only taught himself each business, but has revolutionized the way all others following him now conduct business in each arena. Along the way, he has found the time and energy to do tremendous charitable work for senior citizen housing and education for the visually impaired.

Another cousin co-founded a company that The Independent proclaimed as one of the top ten music venues in the world, ranking among the Sydney Opera House in Australia and Madison Square Garden in New York City. Along the way, he has designed and executed a music and arts program to expose children to social issues like Women’s Rights and Celebrating Special Needs Children. His programs have reached and benefitted hundreds of thousands of needy children across India.

While Anil Jethmal has worked one on one with mentally challenged children in Southern Maine through Bowdoin College’s Project BARC, and has tutored economically disadvantaged children in Harlem, New York, his goal is to give back to society on a much larger scale. That, he proudly points to his family’s achievements, is true and complete professional success.