Samia Kapoor, CNN-IBN | Updated Aug 26, 2013 at 01:41pm IST

New Delhi: The man behind the famous Wai Wai noodles, Binod Chaudhary, has now become Nepal’s first billionaire, all thanks to his instant noodles formula. Perhaps the nation’s second most popular readymade noodles – Wai Wai – has come a long way from being just a Nepal product in the 80s. It has taken the company’s chairman among the world’s richest people with Forbes listing him as Nepal’s first billionaire.

The ready-to-eat ‘Wai Wai’ was an instant hit in India’s northeast region and has now spread to the rest of the country. With four plants already functioning in India, the Chaudhary Group plans to add three more.

“If a man can do something this big sitting in Nepal, anybody can do anything from anywhere,” Chaudhary said.

Arguably Nepal’s largest business enterprise, the Chaudharys are now dabbling in FMCG, electronics, education, hospitality and real estate. But with the trusted ‘Wai Wai’, they hope to take over the southeast Asian market and become global noodle monarchs.



New World’s Billionaires 2013

Published on April 10, 2013 by Argentaire

This year, 210 people joined the Forbes list of billionaires. From the icon to Tory Burch fashion designer Nicholas Woodman of GoPro camera, Hamdi Ulukaya magnate Chobani yogurt, here’s how they made ​​their $ billion $.

Top 20 people who became billionaires for the first time this year

19 . Binod Chaudhary

Net worth: $ 1 billion Country: Nepal Source of wealth: Diversified Coming from a business family with Indian roots, Binod Chaudhary is the first billionaire in Nepal. The interests of his company Chaudhary Group today include, banks, food, cement, real estate, hospitality, and electronics.


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Binod Chaudhary is President of the Chaudhary Group and Chairman of Cinnovation Group, and Nepal’s first billionaire on the Forbes billionaire list. He explains his family’s rise in wealth, and outlines their business in the Gulf.

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Binod Chaudhary emerges as 1st billionaire of Nepal
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Binod Chaudhary emerges as 1st billionaire of Nepal
Xinhua, March 5, 2013

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Karobar Daily, Nepal, March 4, 2013

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