|Name Vivian Reddy|
Role Business person
|Spouse Sorisha Naidoo|
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Vivian Reddy (born Vathasallum Reddy is the founder of the Edison Group. Reddy - a benefactor of embattled South African president, Jacob Zuma - is the son of a teacher and the youngest of nine children, he was chosen as South Africa's first representative to the Boy Scouts Jamboree in Japan. It was there that he met his inspiration Neil Armstrong. Born in Durban, he has single-handedly created a business empire with diverse interests in energy, casinos, healthcare, financial services and property development. As at July 2017, a forensic report links Reddy's Edison group to "irregular" Johannesburg City Power deals.
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- Philanthropic Work
- Personal life
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Reddy, is involved in several South African charity initiatives such as the Orphans of AIDS Trust Fund. He has donated substantially to various community projects such the Wingen Heights Secondary School building project and donating R6million to the Ethekwni Municipality to build a clinic. He treated the residents of Bayview, Chatsworth to a Diwali celebration in commemoration of 150 years of Indian settlement in South Africa since 1860.
In 2013, his company, Edison Power, was accused of corruption after being awarded a R1.25 billion tender, although this was later cleared.
A July 2017 news report cited a forensic investigation that claims that Reddy's Edison group's R1.2 billion contract "did not comply with legislative and administrative requirements".
Reddy and his first wife, Mogi Naidoo, share three children, Yavini, a paediatrician, Shantan, and IT student Kuber. He is currently married to TV presenter and Scandal actress Sorisha Naidoo with whom he has a four-year-old son, Saihil and 18-month-old daughter, Kalina.
For his 60th birthday, Reddy spent R10 million on an extravangant celebration at his personal residence with 150 close family, friends, members of the South African royal family, and prominent political figures.