It was just a regular Facebook photo – not dissimilar to those that others post every day. In it, 83-year-old Ida Wilde, from Irvine, Scotland, smiled as she held flowers at a family wedding. But the message that Ida subsequently received via her iPad may have come as a surprise. That read, “Are you Ida Moreland?” And the query stood out for several reasons – not least because the sender is worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
The man who asked the question was Asgar Patel, founder and non-executive chairman of logistics firm House of Patels. In the 2017 Forbes list of the top 100 Indian business owners in Arabian countries, he was placed at number 45. What’s more, in 2013 the entrepreneur’s fortune was valued at a cool $615 million.