Vineeta Singh (SUGAR Cosmetics Founder) Bio, Net Worth, Wiki, Age, Husband, Children
Vineeta Singh is the CEO and Founder of Sugar Cosmetics and is currently playing the lead investor in the reality show Shark Tank India. Vineeta Singh has so far invested money in many startups with the help of Shark Tank.
Vineeta Singh Biography
Vineeta Singh is an Indian entrepreneur and CEO and Co-founder of Sugar Cosmetics. She has been a shark (i.e. judge/investor) on the business reality TV show Shark Tank India since the show started airing on SonyLIV in 2021.
|Height||5 feet 6 inches|
|Education||Schooling at DPS, Delhi
BTech (Electricals) at IIT, Madras
MBA at IIM, Ahemdabad
|Company Founded||SUGAR Cosmetics|
Vineeta Singh Early Life
Singh was born in 1983 in Anand, Gujarat. Her mother holds a PhD and her father Tej P. Singh is a biophysicist at the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences.
Singh completed her school education at Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram in 2001. Entrepreneurship already appealed to her when joining Indian Institute of Technology (Madras) in that year, as Ashok Jhunjhunwala recalls from his first meeting with the young student in the foreword of the book The IITM Nexus:
“The most vital part of the book, however, is the story of Vineeta Singh. She sought me out and sat next to me on a flight when she came to IITM. I knew then that this kid stranger is destined to go places and remember broaching the subject of entrepreneurship with her. I thought we had lost her to IIM. […] I lost touch after that. But it came as no surprise that she founded and is driving Sugar Cosmetics today. Her story sums up the struggle that an entrepreuner has to go through.”
Singh completed her electrical engineering studies at IIT-M and earned the bachelor’s degree in 2005. Afterward, she obtained an MBA from Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad) in 2007. During her MBA studies, in 2006, she worked as a summer intern at Deutsche Bank and rejected a job from that company despite an annual Rs 1 crore salary. Singh and the other graduate who rejected the same offer wanted to instead start their own lingerie business, based on their own research. However, unable to raise the required funding, the aspiration to start a consumer brand for women did not take off.
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Vineeta Singh Career
In 2007, Singh founded her first start-up Quetzal. However, the idea of providing background verification checks to recruiters failed to succeed in this very cost-driven market. She started her second start-up Fab-Bag in 2012, a subscription platform that provided monthly deliveries of beauty products. Her third start-up, Sugar Cosmetics, Singh founded together with her husband in 2015. The company sells cosmetics and personal care products geared towards the Indian market. In a BBC interview, Singh recounts that her hiring strategy is closely related to marketing, as many young Indian women in her work force create a company culture close to the target consumers. After closing a $50 million seal with private equity firm L Catterton, Singh characterized the company’s products as catering to the preferences of women with diverse skin tones. In September 2022, Bollywood star Ranveer Singh invested an undisclosed amount and became a “brand evangelist” of Sugar Cosmetics.
Singh appeared on the hard copy cover pages of business magazines, such as Forbes India, Business Today, and Businessworld. In the associated cover story, Singh tells Forbes about her journey as a female entrepreneur, from failures to exponential economic growth. To Business Today, she revealed that funding was once only granted under the condition that her husband joined the company full-time, which she viewed as gender discrimination. With Businessworld, she shared her vision to change the narrative of the Indian female workforce and “inspire young girls to dream big”.
In 2021, Forbes India listed Singh as one of its Forbes India W-Power list of women achievers.
Singh, respectively her start-up Sugar Cosmetics, received the following awards related to her entrepreneurship:
- Start-up of the year award by Entrepreneur Awards, Delhi (2019).
- W-Power Award by Forbes India (2021).
- BW Disrupt 40 Under 40 Award by Businessworld (2021).
- Fortune’s 40 Under 40 (2021).
- World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leadership list (2022).
- She won 2 Gold and 2 Silver medal for IIT Madras during the 4 Inter IIT Sports Meets attended from 2001–2005.
Vineeta Singh Husband and Children
In 2011, Vineeta Singh married Kaushik Mukherjee and the couple have two sons. She met Kaushik during their studies at IIM Ahmedabad.
Vineeta Singh Net Worth
Vineeta Singh has an estimated net-worth to be around Rs. 660 crore.