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Nirav Tripathi

Sports Entrepreneur

Nirav Tripathi (born 13 May 1979) is an Indian entrepreneur, a founder of Football for Peace in India and the chairman of a multinational company that has partnered with George Weah.

He is part of a multinational group that has business interests in Asia, Africa and the United States. In 2016 he announced plans to establish world class football academies and was linked to football franchises.

Nirav Tripathi was born into a Gujarati Brahmin family on 13 May 1979 in Kalol, Gujarat, India and later moved to Ahmedabad. He is the son of Vikrambhai Tripathi and Neelamben Tripathi and has one sibling. He studied accounting. One of the first businesses he established was a cleaning company.

Both he and his Diya Group announced a multi-million dollar partnership with George Weah whereby global football academies would be established to help assist youth in both impoverished and emerging nations.

The motivation for the academies is cited as a shared experience between both Tripathi and George Weah in how sport can transform lives in their nations of both India and Liberia, which both still suffer from severe poverty.

Tripathi is a founding board member of Football for Peace in India. The concept was created by English-born Pakistani footballer Kashif Siddiqi and Chilean FIFA legend Elias Figueroa.