The meteoric rise and fall of Nirav Modi

Activists holding a poster of jeweller Nirav Modi during a protest. Mr Modi had successfully built a luxury diamond empire over the past seven years, with outlets the world over, including in the US and China.
Activists holding a poster of jeweller Nirav Modi during a protest. Mr Modi had successfully built a luxury diamond empire over the past seven years, with outlets the world over, including in the US and China.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

When he opened his eponymous boutique, Nirav Modi, at Marina Bay Sands last year, the Indian jeweller was at the height of his success.

Hollywood stars such as Naomi Watts and Kate Winslet have donned his creations on the red carpet and Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, star of American hit series Quantico, was his global brand ambassador.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 26, 2018, with the headline 'The meteoric rise and fall of Nirav Modi'. Subscribe