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Guest Business Quiz # 6


Q 1. A UAE based billionaire is funding the movie, Randamoozham, set to be the costliest movie ever produced. Name the billionaire

Ans. BR Shetty

Q 2. What is the name of the lifestyle and sports brand of Rhiti Sports, where cricketer MS Dhoni has a stake?

Ans. Seven: A brand by MS Dhoni

Q3. The famous cardiac surgeon Dr Devi Shetty, along with the Government of Karnataka, have come up with a low cost insurance for poor farmers of the state. What’s name of the insurance scheme

Ans. Yeshasvini

Q4. He was once a part of the group known as ‘Paypal Mafia’, a group of ex PayPal alumni who have gone ahead and started successful companies. After Pay Pal, he went on to start the peer-to-peer microfinance organization kiva.org. He was named as Fortune magazine’s 40 under 40. Who is he?

Ans. Premal Shah

Q5. At the peak of his career there, he left ICICI Bank to head its ‘Foundation for Inclusive Growth’. He is currently a board member of the Reserve Bank of India. Recently he was appointed the head of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s India office. Who is he?


Ans. Nachiket Mor


Q6. Steve Jobs visited Kainchi Dham in India searching for meaning and peace, before he started Apple. Many years later, he advised another start-up founder to go and visit the place. Who was that CEO?

Ans. Mark Zuckerberg

 Q7. He was an American inventor best known for his works on AC currents. He was also a contemporary of Thomas Edison. Currently one of the most famous automobile companies in US bears his name. Who was he?


Ans. Nikolas Tesla. Tesla Motors is named after him.

Q 8. Sheryl Sandberg recently wrote a book, Option B, where she talks about dealing with life after the death of her husband Dave Goldberg. Which company was Dave the CEO of, when he died?

Ans. He was the CEO of Survey Monkey

 Q 9. Uber has been in the news recently because of a lawsuit alleging it stole self-driving technology from a Google spin-off company. Name the company

Ans. Waymo

 Q 10. ChemChina is in talks to buy a buy a big Swiss conglomerate. If it goes through, it would be the largest Chinese takeover of a foreign company. Which is the company getting acquired

Ans. Syngenta

This is a Guest post by Prabhala Raghuvir. Twitter handle @pnraghuvir. He will play the Quiz Master occasionally. 


Guest Business Quiz # 5


Q1. Rabindra Nath Tagore once advertised for an Indian soap brand. Which one?


Ans. Godrej Soap ( at that time the Godrej Soaps had only one brand – Godrej)

Q2. ‘Bringing the Rainbow’, is the title of the autobiography of the patriarch of the one of the most prominent business houses in India. Name the person.

Ans.. R. K. Somany of the Somany Group (HSIL)

Q3. The parent multi-platform Dutch company is one of the top media content companies in the world. Its Indian subsidiary hit the jackpot with the reality TV show which is in its 10th season now. Which is this company?

Ans. Endemol is the company. Big Boss is the reality TV franchise.


Q4. “On one of my trips to the Audi factory in Ingolstadt, I saw the line ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ on a fading piece of publicity. I thought, why not use this line? And importantly, let’s keep it in German. Mad as that sounds, I reasoned it would really stand out.” Wrote one of the most highly feted creative directors who co-founded three iconic British ad agencies, one after another. Who is he?


Ans. John Hegarty who had the distinction of being a founding member of  Saatchi & Saatchi, TBWA and BBH.

Q5. Name the former creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent who startled the film world by his critically acclaimed maiden directorial venture in 2009 which was nominated for the top award in the Venice International Film Festival.

Ans.. Tom Ford. A Single Man starring Colin Firth (who won a number of Best actor prizes for his lead role) is the film which made him an overnight star director.

Q6. Warren Buffett is known as the ‘Oracle of Omaha’. Which legendary investor is known as the ‘Oracle of Boston’?

Ans.   Seth Klarman, the chief executive and portfolio manager of the Baupost Group.

Q7. Members of this hedge fund’s board of directors included Myron S. Scholes and Robert C. Merton, who shared the 1997 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. It grew over $100 billion in assets in less than three years. But in 1998, swiftly, it lost $4.4 billion of its $4.7 billion in capital and eventually went bust.  Which hedge fund we are talking about?

Ans. LTCM (Long Term Capital Management). The entire story is recounted in Roger Lowenstein’s book, When Genius Failedwith details on the specific strategies and financial theories employed by LTCM.

Q8. Until the Citigroup pulled down its shutters, Old Lane, LP used to be a private equity firm specializing in fund of fund investments. With its head quarter in New York City, it also managed hedge funds for its clients. What was its Indian connection?

Ans.. India-born Vikram Pandit was the founder of Old lane which he sold off to Citigroup when he became its CEO.

This is a Guest Post by Prof Rajib Sarkar. He will play the quiz master occasionally. 

Weekly Business Quiz # 376


Q 1. A real life elderly couple VP and Shanta Dhananjayan, who are classical dancers,  are playing a couple on a series of TV commercials having fun during their second honeymoon. Name the brand.


As. Vodafone 4G

Q2. How did Anand Mahindra, the Mahindra group head, respond when a person tweeted him a picture of an auto modified into a Scorpio ?


Ans. He gave a Mahindra 4 wheeler CV in exchange for the auto. The auto was to be kept in the Mahindra museum

Q3. Bajaj once the undisputed leader in India’s two wheelers market is now No. 3 in terms of volumes. Who are No 1 and No 2 ?

Ans. 1. Hero Motocorp 2. Honda

Q4. Which is the first state government in India to adopt January to December fiscal year ?

Ans. Madhya Pradesh

Q5. Wipro has changed its logo after 19 years. What does the new logo convey ?


Ans. Wipro connects the dots for their clients


Q6. When and where is the Met Gala event held every year ?

Ans. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York on the First Monday of May

Q7. Which is the world’s largest selling electric car ? Clue : – Tesla is No 2

Ans. Nissan Leaf

  • compiled by G.Mohan @go_mohan



Weekly Business Quiz # 374


Q 1. What is special about these stamps launched by India Post ?


Ans. Coffee scented stamps

Q 2. What is unique about the payment wallet Hipbar that has got an RBI licence recently ?

Ans.  It is the wallet which allows to pay for liquor only

Q3. Who has started India’s first scholarship fund of Rs 100 crore for online education ?

Ans. Ronnie Screwvala

Q4. Along with PM Modi, one more Indian has been named in the Time 100 list of most influential people for the year. Name him

Ans. Vijay Shekhar Sharma of PayTM

Q5. Which TCS Exec has joined Niti Aayog to head the Atal Innovation Mission ?

Ans. Ramanathan Ramanan

Q6. Which company has launched a flavoured milk brand VIO ?

Ans. Coca Cola Co.


Q7. Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia fame has now started a crowd sourced news site where reporters will check facts. What is it called ?

Ans. Wikitribune

Q8. Identify this fashion retailer and his brand, who has recently overthrown Jeff Bezos to become the second richest man in the world.


Ans. Amancio Ortega of IndiTex, owners of Zara

Q9. Why is Japan facing a severe potato wafers crunch leading to steep price rise ?

Ans.  Due to poor potato harvest there is short supply of potatoes.

  • Compiled by G.Mohan Twitter @go_mohan 

Weekly Business Quiz # 373


Q 1. Identify this media baron and his company. He passed away recently. RIP.


Ans. Ramesh Chandra Agrawal of Dainik Bhaskar

Q2. Which are the 5 cities where the oil companies will change oil prices daily from May 1 as a pilot project ?

Ans. Puducherry, Visakhapatnam, Udaipur, Jamshedpur and Chandigarh

Q3. The Western Railways local in Mumbai was started 150 years ago on April 12, 1867. What was the antecedent of WR called then ?

Ans. Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway Company

Q4. In the IPL season which brand has created a fictional IPL team Chonkpur Cheetahs ?

Ans. Amazon

Q5. Which PE firm has acquired controlling stake in Religare Health Insurance from Religare Enterprises ?

Ans. True North

Q6. Which company appointed M S Dhoni for a day as CEO where he even attended meetings and took decisions ?


Ans. Gulf Oil

Q7. Who has acquired the Kingfisher Villa in Goa, that earlier belonged to Vijay Mallya ?

Ans. Sachiin Joshi, a n actor and businessman

Q8. The Chinese brands of smartphones are all positioning themselves as Selfie cameras using Bollywood stars as their brand ambassadors. If Gionee : Alia Bhatt, Oppo : Deepika, Vivo : ?

Ans. Ranveer Singh


Q9. Name the subsidiary of Toshiba that has created severe financial stress and even bankruptcy like situation for the parent company

Ans. Westinghouse Electric Company, the US subsidiary running nuclear power plants

Q10. Which airline is in the midst of a storm in social media for forcefully offloading a passenger ? It lost a billion $ in market cap.

Ans. United Airlines

Q11. Identify this former billionaire who gave away all his wealth to charity by end 2016 making him being called ‘ James Bond of philanthropy’ by Forbes.


Ans. Chuck Feeney

Q 12. Which sportswear has announced mass manufacture of sports shoes using 3 D printing ?

Ans. Adidas

  • Compiled by G.Mohan Twitter @go_mohan


Guest Business Quiz # 4

Q 1. Who is this former Rajya Sabha member and winner of Ramon Magsaysay Award, known as the father of the cooperative movement in India?


Ans) Tribhuvandas Patel, founder of the Kaira District Co-operative Milk Producers’ Union in 1946, and later the Amul co-operative movement in Anand

Q 2. Which Indian fintech company that provides consumers access to customised quotes on loans, credit cards or personal finance products was started in 2008 by Adhil and Arjun Shetty?

Ans. Bankbazaar.com

Q3. Which Indian scamster is known for cheating Mumbai based legal firm Purnanand and Co. and has been portrayed in a movie aptly titled Mudrank?

Ans. Abdul Karim Telgi, involved in fake stamp paper scam.

Q4. Incorporated in 1988 under the Companies Act, Container Corporation of India Ltd. (CONCOR), is a Navratna Public sector undertaking under which ministry?

Ans. Ministry of Railways

Q5. What started its operations in 2001 as ICICI InfoTech Upstream Ltd, a business process outsourcing organisation wholly owned by ICICI Bank and is now part of the RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group?

Ans. Firstsource

Q6. Kota sarees are popularly known as Kotadoria (doria means thread) outside the state. What are they called in Kota?

Ans. Masuria –  because they were originally woven in Mysore and later by weavers from Mysore.


Q7. Which media personality owns this company?


Ans. Simon Cowell

Q8. What is the most famous brand of a group that traces its history to Mr. Bhuramull Chaudhary from Rajasthan who started his business towards the end of the eighteenth century by selling clothes to the royalty and high-end customers in a neighbouring country?

Ans. Wai Wai noodles of the Nepal based Chaudhary group

Q9. Identify this popular Disney franchise whose cast debuted in 1955 on a TV program called Sam and Friends


Ans. Muppets

Q 10. What file sharing protocol was designed in 2001 by Bram Cohen, a former student at Buffalo University?

Ans. Bit Torrent

Q 11. “Today is the end of sheloshim for my beloved husband—the first thirty days. Judaism calls for a period of intense mourning known as shiva that lasts seven days after a loved one is buried. After shiva, most normal activities can be resumed, but it is the end of sheloshim that marks the completion of religious mourning for a spouse” – who wrote this Facebook post in 2015?

Ans. Sheryl Sandberg after the death of her husband Dave Goldberg.

Q 12. Which B-school’s approach to business education in a global context and how it functions with a dual-campus setting (second campus being in Singapore), was the subject of a 2008 Harvard Business School case study by Srikant Datar, Davind Garvin and Carin-Isabel Knoop?


Q 13. What name was given to the formulation that stuck to everything with which it came in contact and which was first sold in 1958 under the title “Eastman #910”?

Ans) Superglue, invented by Harry Coover Jr. and a colleague while working as researchers for Eastman Kodak.

Q 14. Which company that started in 1898 as a small Berlin drugstore with a popular perfume section uses the logo shown here?


Ans. Schwarzkopf

Q 15. Google X Lab and development of Macintosh computer are examples of what kind of projects which American sociologist Everett Rogers defined as an “enriched environment that is intended to help a small group of individuals design a new idea by escaping routine organizational procedures?

Ans. Skunkworks, associated with Lockheed’s World War II Skunk Works project.

  • Compiled by Guest Quiz Master G.Sreekanth

Weekly Business Quiz # 372


Q 1, Along with Nano, which other successful model will Tata Motors withdraw as a part of its product rationalisation strategy ?

Ans. Tata Sumo

Q2. Indian Premier League (IPL)  is in its 10th edition this year. Yet, only 2 of its franchisees have turned profitable. Which are the two franchisees ?

Ans. Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab

Q3. After introducing Rs 2000 and new Rs 500 currencies, what denomination will RBI introduce shortly ?

Ans. Rs 200

Q4. Identify this bureaucrat turned CMD who believes in ‘ employees first’ and hence supported the employees in the Ravindra Gaikwad episode 

aswani Lohani

Ans. Ashwani Lohani of Air India


Q5. Who invented LED bulb and with which company was he associated with ?

Ans. Nick Holonyak, General Electric. He invented the red diode

Q6. Which company after the recent rally has become No 1 auto company in terms of market capitalisation in the US ?

Ans. Tesla Motors has a higher market cap than GM and Ford now

Q7. Which country’s postal department has taken up delivery of KFC as a diversification move to survive ?

Ans. New Zealand Postal service

Q8. In which country would investor Warren Buffett’s picture appear in the cans of Coke ?

Ans. China

Q9. Which cosmetics brand had to withdraw its ad for the copy ‘ White is purity’ because it indicated racism as per some ?

Nivea racism

Ans. Nivea

  • Compiled by G.Mohan Twitter @go_mohan