Weekly Business Quiz # 413


Q 1. Name the fantasy gaming app running an aggressive ad campaign during IPL founded by Harsh Jain ( son of Anand Jain of Reliance Industries ) and Bhavit Sheth. Apparently, Tencent is keen to invest big in this company

Ans. Dream 11

Q2. What is the 3S philosophy of N.Chandra of Tata Sons for restructuring of businesses under the Tata Group ?

Ans. 3 S stands for simplification, synergy and scale

Q3. Which tech major has launched a lite web browser for Android devices in India called “Internet” ?

Ans. Amazon

Q4. With which well known Indian designer would you associate the brand Balance ?

Ans. Rohit Bal

Q5. Where has Indian Railways set up its new high power electric locomotive factory in a JV with Alstom that was inaugurated by PM recently ?

Ans. Madhepura Bihar

Q6. Which global co owns 100 % of pen mfr Cello Writing Instruments ?

Ans. BiC

Q7. Who is taking over as the Chairman of the industry association NASSCOM ?

Ans. Rishad Premji of Wipro

Q8. Which car manufacturer has a mini-truck named Supercarry that competes with the likes of Tata Ace ?

Ans. Maruti Suzuki Ltd

Q 9. Why has Kerala State Human Rights Commission disallowed state govt employees to bring their children to offices during summer vacations ?

Ans. Disturbance to others and offices are becoming playgrounds


Q 10. Who had David O’Gilvy described as “that odious little jerk” when he heard Ogilvy’s agency was getting acquired by him ?

Ans. Martin Sorrell of WPP

Q 11. The word ‘Ritz’ is closely associated with the hotel industry. Oxford dictionary defines ‘ritzy’ as ‘expensively stylish.’ The word Riz is derived from the name of Cesar Ritz. In which hotel was Mr Ritz a manager in late 19th century where he made big changes ?

Ans. The Savoy Hotel at London

Q 12. 72 % of all the vessels sailing in the oceans have the flag of this country. This country has world’s biggest ship registry. Name the country.

Ans. Panama

Q 13. What unique business model is adopted by companies like Blue Apron in America and HelloFresh in Germany ?

Ans. Meal Kit where ingredients are prepared and recipe is delivered every day at home if you subscribe to their monthly service

Q 14. Name this Japanese e-commerce giant which also has other businesses like credit cards, a travel agency etc. It has recently got a licence to be a mobile operator in Japan. It owns Viber the calling app.

Ans. Rakuten

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Weekly Business Quiz # 412


Q1. Toyota and Suzuki have signed a cross-badging deal for the Indian market . What is cross -badging ?

Ans. Same product under diff brand names. Similar to what Renault and Nissan did with Scala and Sunny, Pulse and Micra.

Q 2. Why is a little known company NuPower Renewables in the news ?

Ans. This is a company floated by Deepak Kochhar, husband of ICICI CEO Chanda Kochhar and this company is being under investigation for investments by Videocon Group

Q3. What connects these five families/ groups profiled in the book “Paiso” – Harilela, Merrimac Ventures, Fabiani family, Lakhi Group and the Embassy Group ?

Ans. Paiso by Maya Bathija is a book on the Sindhis way of doing business

Q4. Which juice brand has launched an attack on other juice brands by saying ‘ say no to concentrates ” ?

Ans. B Natural by ITC

Q5. Under what brand does Delhi based Beltek Canadian Water market a variety of drinks that contain no sugar, no preservatives, no artificial colours ?

Ans. Wild Water

Q6. Which Indian group is running a corporate campaign with the tagline “Big in your Life” ?

Ans. Aditya Birla Group

Q7. What is unique about this brand of cosmetics launched by an Indian start-up ?


Ans. India’s first Vegan cosmetics  ( not tested on animals )


Q8. Identify the Chinese tech billionaire and his co , sharing the stage with Jack Ma of Alibaba.

Ma and Ma

Ans. Ma Huateng of Tencent

Q9. Which airline has revised its 71 year old policy of skirts only for its female attendants bowing to the pressure from the union ?

Ans. Cathay Pacific

Q 10. Which country has launched an advertising blitz on Indian TV with an intriguing tag line ‘ an ocean of timber tales ‘ ?

Ans. Gabon

Q 11. Which country offers e-resident status to people anywhere in the world online without physical presence in that country. This status is better than a visa and lower than a citizenship ?Even Japanese PM and French President have taken it 

Ans. Estonia

Q 12. Recently the Chinese equivalent of Netflix had its IPO in the US. What is it called ?

Ans. iQiYi

Q 13. Why did a young Japanese couple apologise to the employer of the woman because she got pregnant ?

Ans. The Japanese couple apologised for ignoring the timetable at the lady’s workplace by conceiving ‘before her turn’

Q 14. Donald Trump’s hatred for Amazon and Jeff Bezos is quite public . Which govt org does Trump refer as Amazon’s “delivery boy” ?

Ans. United States Postal Service

Q 15. What connects Magellan -a fund manager, Weetabix -a cereals brand and ASICS a sporting goods company ?

Ans. All are sponsors of the Australian cricket teaam that have decided to withdraw their sponsorship after the Australian” sandpapergate” controversy

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Weekly Business Quiz # 411


Q 1. In which category is LG & Co ( Laljee Godhoo & Co) a market leader in India with over 70 % share over the last 100 years ?

Ans. Asafoetida

Q 2, Which celebrity has replaced Ranveer Singh as the new brand ambassador for VIVO smartphones ?

Ans. Aamir Khan

Q3. Which two music streaming services in India have come together recently ?

Ans. Saavn and Jio Music

Q4. Why is Arcelor Mittal keen to dissociate itself as a promoter from Uttam Galva Steel ?

Ans. Arcelor Mittal is keen in acquiring Essar Steel  where it is getting disqualified under IBC because of its promoter status in Uttam Galva, which is a bank defaulter

Q5. Why has govt asked a small company Ovleno Business Intelligence to pull down its web-site ?

Ans. Ovleno is the partner of Cambridge Analytica in India. In its web-site it has given the names of its clients which includes many political parties

Q6. The debt heavy Videocon group has sold its stake in the General Insurance business. In which Indian company did Videocon have a stake ?

Ans. Liberty General Insurance

Q7. Identify the advertiser, here Amitabh Bachchan is playing Raahat Raja in a nautanki and sings an old Bollywood song in his own voice Acapella style ( without any accompaniment )


Ans. Navratna Oil


Q8. Which global brand has launched SNKRS app as a part of its digital strategy of connecting directly with the consumer ?

Ans. Nike

Q9. To whom has Uber sold its business in South-east Asia ?

Ans. Grab

Q10 . In what business is the Cambridge Analytica in ? Why is it in the news ?

Ans. It is a voter-profiling firm and they used data from 50 million Facebook accounts while working for the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

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Weekly Business Quiz # 410


Q 1. He is the latest Indian to become a billionaire as per Bloomberg. Identify him and his company

Nirmal Jain

Ans. Nirmal Jain, India Infoline

Q 2. To whom has Mukesh Ambani given credit for seeding the idea of Reliance Jio ?

Ans. Isha Ambani, daughter of Mukesh Ambani

Q3. Which Hindi film shot in Ladakh helped increase the number of tourists to Leh from 80,000 in 2009 to 180,000 in 2011 and has stayed at that level since then ?

Ans. 3 Idiots

Q4. What unusual donation in kind was received in the Hundi ( donation box) of Subramanya Swami in Mopidevi, Krishna District ?

Ans. iPhone 6 with all the accessories and warranty card

Q5. Which Indian PSU has set up a training institute on Science of Happiness called Kshemalaya ?

Ans. Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) ahs set up this institute at Ranchi

Q6. Due to engines from which company, civil aviation regulator has grounded all Airbus A 320 Neo planes in India ?

Ans. Pratt and Whitney


Q7. Who will succeed Lloyd Blankfein on the top job at Goldman Sachs ?

Ans. David Solomon

Q8. Which country is No 1 in terms of per capita adoption of electric cars in the world ?

Ans. Norway

Q9. As an 18 year old Steve Jobs had made a job application which was auctioned recently, what special abilities did he mention in that application ?

Ans. Electronics technology and Design Engineer

Q 10. Name this Anglo-Dutch MNC that has decided to move its HQ out of London in view of Brexit

Ans. Unilever

Q 11. There are only 3 European cos among the 35 top tech companies in the world in terms of revenue. Nokia and Ericsson being 2, name the third .

Ans. Schneider Electric

Q 12. Who owns BNSF ( a railway), Precision Castparts ( a engg company) and Lubrizol ( a chemicals business ?

Ans. Berkshire Hathaway of Warren Buffett

Q 13. What is the name of Pakistan’s only beer and spirit maker ?

Ans. Murree Brewery

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Weekly Business Quiz # 409


Q 1. After TDP left the Union ministry, who is the new Union minister for Civil Aviation ?

Ans. Suresh Prabhu

Q 2. Which business group through its sports arm has acquired 50 % stake in the IPL franchisee Delhi Daredevils from GMR Group ?

Ans. JSW Group ( Sajjan Jindal)

Q3. Why the founder and CEO of Shree Renuka Sugars Ltd Narendra Murkumbi had to give up the top job in the company ?

Ans. Wilmar Group has taken controlling stake in the company

Q4. Under what brand name has Bisleri International launched a mango drink in direct competition with Parle Agro’s Frooti ?

Ans. Fonzo

Q5. Which business leader has put his weight behind revival of Rhythm House, a vintage records shop in Mumbai, which was one of the assets attached by the ED in the ongoing Nirav Modi scam ?

Ans. Anand Mahindra

Q6. India is making rapid strides in metro rail with 13 cities developing metro rail networks. What is the newly formed association of metro rail companies called ?

Ans. i-Metro

Q7. Which hotel chain is taking up upmarket bungalows and offering them to guests under the brandname “Townhouse 001” ?

Ans. OYO



Q8. In Google Labs, research on what technology is going on under “Project Bristlecone” ?

Ans. Quantum computing

Q9. Which place in Switzerland is called informally as the “Crypto-valley” because it is home to many firms ( 70 out of 90) dealing in cryptocurrencies and related activities ?

Ans. Zug Valley

Q 10. In which business is online retailer Zalando a market leader in Europe ?

Ans. Apparel

Q 11. Name this app which has 12 questions game show broadcast twice daily and gives away cash prizes . It has become a huge hit drawing 400,000 players daily. It has Quiz Daddy Scott Rogowsky as its host.

Ans. HQ Trivia

Q 12. In a bid to become profitable US retailers are reducing the size of their stores and focussing on goods that are hard to find online. Macy’s is selling several floors in its landmark Seattle location. Who is the buyer ?

Ans. Amazon

Q 13. With which company would you associate Bernard Arnault who is the 4th richest person in the world as per the latest Forbes list ?

Ans. LVMH ( Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy)

Q 14. Name the tech entrepreneur behind the startup fund “10100” ( Ten-one-hundred) that will invest in India and China.

Ans. Travis Kalanick  ( Founder of Uber)

Q 15. Which is the most popular free game on Google Play Store in the last 1 year ?

a. Temple Run
b. Candy Crush
c. Ludo King
d. Clash of Clans

Ans. C. Ludo King

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Guest Business Quiz # 15

Here is another set of questions on global business compiled by our Guest Quizmaster G.Sreekanth

Q 1. Which company’s 1998 business blunder of not having advertising on its search engine Infoseek (then one of the largest behind Yahoo!) is what is now considered a whopping $200 billion mistake?

Ans. Disney. Google came around and did AdWords and Infoseek missed the plot. The story goes that Michael Eisner was convinced by a McKinsey consultant in a men’s bathroom that Infoseek shouldn’t do advertised search.

Q2. Who is this Pakistan born entrepreneur who started a company Flex-N-Gate (manufactures products and systems for the automotive industry) in 1968?

Shahid Khan

Ans.  Shahid Khan

Q3. In the movies Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider, Morgan Freeman playsthe role of a detective named Alex Cross.Both movies were adapted from Alex Cross novels by James Patterson who later launched his own publishing imprint, JIMMY. James Patterson is the former CEO of which advertising giant?

along came spiderkiss the girls

Ans.  J Walter Thomson (JWT)

Q4. Which businessman, philanthropist, and politician was fired from Salomon Brothers in 1981 in part because no one at the firm thought much of his idea for computerising financial data and presenting it in real time?

Ans. Michael Bloomberg

Q5. Which entrepreneur hails from a small mining town in Yamaguchi prefecture in Japan and practices Shin Zen Bi, which translates to Truth, Goodness, and Beauty?

Ans. Tadashi Yanai, founder of Uniqlo

Q6. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr once met the man next to him in the visual and told him, “What I’m trying to do politically and intellectually, you’re doing with your music.” Who is this genre creator and entrepreneur?


Ans. Berry Gordy, founder, Motown Records. The name Motown, a portmanteau of motor and town, is also a nickname for Detroit. Motown played an important role in the racial integration of popular music as an African American-owned record label that achieved significant crossover success.

Q7. Jack Bogle, founder of Vanguard (world’s largest mutual fund company) and index funds pioneer did some work on the subject in his senior thesis at Princeton University in 1951. But which Nobel Laureate’s article that in essence said, “Somebody, somewhere, please start an index fund”, inspire him to start Vanguard?

Ans.  Paul Samuelson

Q8. Paul McCartney of The Beatles was once talking to a famous person when the latter asked Paul for some career advice. Paul gave him three suggestions: to get a really good manager, getting into making videos, and finally owning one’s work and getting into song publishing. The famous person immediately told Paul McCartney, “Oh, I’m going to get yours!”. Paul kind of laughed; he didn’t think he was serious. But he was. Who was McCartney speaking to and what resulted?

Ans. Michael Jackson, who through ATV Music owned the publishing rights to most of The Beatles’ songs.

Q9. The company’s logo was created in 1984, by Josée Bélanger, and is based on a tarot card representing the sun. The sun as a symbol is important because it embodies youth, energy and dynamism. The logo has evolved slightly, since 1984, while retaining its symbolism and image from the tarot cards. Which company, that was named by its founder while he was watching a sunset in Hawaii?

Ans. Cirque du Soleil

Q10. What two words would connect the following: Nike, Pabst beer, the world’s largest hospitality education institution, a dish of meat wrapped around cheese (or with cheese filling), and a brand of chocolate biscuits made by Nestlé?

Ans.  Blue Ribbon. Nike was originally called Blue Ribbon Sports. Blue Ribbon Intermediate Holdings is the owner of Pabst Brewing Company. Le Cordon Bleu is an international group of hospitality management and cooking schools teaching French cuisine and Cordon Bleu translates to Blue Ribbon. Cordon bleu is also the name of a dish of meat wrapped around cheese. Blue Riband is a brand of chocolate biscuits made by Nestlé whose name means Blue Ribbon. The word ribbon comes from Middle English ribban or riban from Old French ruban, which is probably of Germanic origin.

Q11. Shown here is a visual from the 2013 music video for Beyonce’s song Haunted. Identify the Canadian model and dietitian on the left who was also a finalist in the 1969 Miss South Africa beauty pageant?

maye musk

Ans. Maye Musk, mother of Elon Musk.

Q 12. How do we know this company today?

Ans. Target. Founded by George Dayton, the company was originally named Goodfellow Dry Goods in June 1902 before being renamed the Dayton’s Dry Goods Company in 1903 and later the Dayton Company in 1910.

Q 13. In the 1870s, Imperial Russia abolished the state monopoly on oil and opened the oil-rich Caucasus to private enterprise. Several companies established rival refineries, the most prominent of which was run by Ludwig and Robert _______. What was their famous surname?

Ans. Nobel. They were Alfred Nobel’s brothers and dominated the Russian oil industry.

Q 14. The Five Frankfurters is a 1922 German silent historical film directed by Erich Schönfelder. It was based on a play of the same title about the rise of which now famous business family that started out living in poverty in Frankfurt, Germany in the 1700s?

Ans.  Rothschild

Q 15. Identify this luxury brand from its original logo?


Ans. Swarovski – the original logo was an edelweiss flower

  • Compiled by Guest Quiz Master G.Sreekanth – G.Sreekanth is a National level Business Quiz Champion. He works and lives in Singapore



Weekly Business Quiz # 408


Q 1. Which Bollywood star had endorsed the following brands at different times : Lux, Ching’s Secret, Vanish detergent, Tanishq jewellery and Dabur Amla Hair Oil ?

Ans. Sridevi

Q 2. Which group now owns ACK Media Pvt Ltd the company that publishes Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle comics ?

Ans. Future Group
Q 3. Who is the preferred banker of Virat Kohli ?
Virat PNB q
Ans. Punjab National Bank
Q4. Tanishq has launched an exclusive sub-brand for jewellery for men . What is it called ?
Ans. Aveer
Q5. Which new General Entertianment Channel has started on Indian TV with a biopic on Baba Ramdev titled Swami Ramdev : Ek Sangharsh ?
swami ramdev ek sangharsh
Ans. Discovery JEET
Q6. Reliance Jio advertisements and commercials are made by an inhouse agency. What is it called ?
Ans. JIO Studios
Q7. Which brand is being endorsed here on social media by Internet sensation Priya Varrier ?
Priya Varrier
Ans. Pringles


Q 8. Which company has been ranked # 1 in terms of Best company to work for by the Fortune magazine in its recent list ?

Ans. Salesforce

Q9. Tweet from a Reality TV star caused a big drop in the share price of Snap, the parent co of Snapchat. Name her

Ans. Kylie Jenner

Q 10. In which country KFC had to close down several outlets temporarily due to non-availability of supplies of chicken ?

Ans, UK

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