Hunt for India’s missing coffee king

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New Delhi

Indian police on Tuesday launched a major hunt for one of the country’s richest men, coffee tycoon V.G. Siddhartha, amid mounting fears for his safety. The billionaire owner of the Cafe Coffee Day chain that beat Starbucks at its own game in India was last seen on Monday night walking across a bridge in the southern state of Karnataka. His chauffeur alerted police when Siddhartha did not return. Police divers, backed by local fishermen, searched the Nethravathi river near Mangalaru whilst senior Karnataka politicians flocked to the tycoon’s home.

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