Mallya was the only son of the successful but frugal beverage entrepreneur Vittal Mallya. While his father lived in Bangalore, running his breweries, Vijay was raised by his mother in Calcutta. But he was under constant pressure from his father, who threatened not to inherit the family's business and fortune unless he conformed and studied hard. Reports say that this paternal pressure created insecurity for the son, who was a spender from a young age. But Vittal died suddenly and, as his only son, Vijay inherited everything.
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