In an episode of The Zurich Project Podcast, presented by MOI Global, Rajiv Kothari discusses his family’s multi-decade experience in the diamond and jewelry businesses, the dynamics and trends of those businesses, as well as Rajeev’s more recent foray into lab-grown diamonds.
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Rajiv Kothari, a fourth generation diamond merchant, joined the family diamond business in 1994. He played an instrumental role in migrating the diamond company into a jewelry manufacturer, Prestige Jewelry, selling to some of the largest retailers in the US. Through a focus on creative designs, high quality and exceptional customer service, Prestige grew to become a top five vendor to many of its customers and became a leader in the diamond jewelry industry. In 2015, his family decided to exit the business.
After the sale, Rajiv immersed himself into investing, learning more about different asset classes and philosophies. He has invested in real estate, hedge funds, private equity, venture capital and direct investments into public equities. Rajiv considers himself to be a value-oriented investor seeking to buy growth at a reasonable price.
In early 2019, Rajiv started a new operating business within the diamond space, Evolution Diamond, focused on lab grown diamonds. He serves as Chief Executive Officer of the company.
Rajiv was born and raised in New York, and maintains strong family and business ties with India. He completed his undergraduate and MBA in Finance and International Business from NYU Stern School of Business, graduating with Dean’s Honors and Cum Laude. He is also a member of the YPO and has completed the OPM program at Harvard Business School.