Ravi Viswanathan is a French citizen with roots in Pondicherry, He attended two engineering schools in France before a carrer in investment banking. He founded Nexgen Financial Holding in 2000, an investment bank which was subsequently acquired by Natixis. HE is an avid collector of wines mostly burgundies but including also a number of 19th century vintages from across France. Visvires has invested in the last 10 years in wineries in India and France. Currently Visvires is the main shareholder of Grover Zampa Vineyards in India with Ravi as its Chairman.