KGK Group: Our Story
The KGK difference
Their unique vertically integrated business is spread from mines-to- retail, marking their invincible presence across the pipeline of the gems & jewellery industry and translating it into a value chain offering considerable competitive advantages.
- Headquartered in Hong Kong
- 12,000-member team
- Active in Asia, Americas, Europe, Africa, Australia
The KGK Group originated in 1905 when Shri Keshrimalji Kothari began trading Burmese coloured gemstones in Jaipur, India. His principled and passionate approach is evident today throughout our company. Inspired by his father’s vision, Shri Ghisilalji Kothari helped establish our tradition for innovation and diversity, and led the group’s initial growth and expansion.
The company prospered exponentially and grew into a leading multinational corporation under our third generation leadership. We continue to conduct our business according to the highest principles of faith, respect and integrity that guided our founders.
Mr Navrattan Kothari has managed KGK since 1962. Under his astute guidance KGK has evolved into a modern multinational that operates to world-class standards with state-of-the-art infrastructure. His leadership has enabled KGK to innovate and expand into numerous markets and achieve global growth and recognition.
Mr Kothari has built a company that is inspired by life and humanity, which places the highest value on trust, integrity, ethics and corporate responsibility. As Patriarch, Mr Kothari steers the company and enlightens and inspires our team worldwide with his insights, experience and acumen.
Based in Hong Kong, Sanjay is taking the group to the next level of growth as we expand into new markets. He manages the gems and jewellery business, from mining to retail brands.
His first initiative with the group involved establishing diamond manufacturing in Mumbai. Since then he has developed many verticals, including international sales and marketing, jewellery manufacturing, gemstone mining, jewellery retailing and real estate. He also leads the group’s IT and corporate identity initiatives.
After joining the group in 1990, Sandeep became involved in diamond procurement and processing and was responsible for growing the business considerably worldwide.
Now based in Antwerp, the world’s largest diamond centre, he has been instrumental in expanding our polished diamonds sales in Europe. His many successful initiatives include developing trusted supplier relationships with such companies as De Beers, Alrosa and Rio Tinto.