Rohiqa Chagla is an Indian businesswoman. She is known for being the wife of the Indian-born Irish businessman Cyrus Mistry.
Rohiqa Chagla was born in 1971 (age 51 years; as of 2022) in Mumbai. She grew up in a family with a judicial background.
Height (approx.): 5′ 3″
Hair Colour: Dark Brown
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Parents & Siblings
Rohiqa Chagla’s father, Iqbal Chagla, is a senior advocate at the Bombay High Court. Her mother’s name is Roshan Chagla. She has an elder brother named Riyaz Chagla, who was appointed as a judge at the Bombay High Court in 2017.
Husband & Children
Rohiqa Chagla got married to Cyrus Mistry on 2 January 1992. Cyrus Mistry is an Indian-born Irish businessman who served as the sixteenth chairman of the Tata Group conglomerate. Together, they have two sons, Zahan Mistry and Firoz Mistry. On 4 September 2022, her husband died in a road accident while he was travelling from Ahmedabad to Mumbai.
Rohiqa Chagla’s paternal grandfather, Mahommedali Currim Chagla (popularly known as M.C. Chagla), was an Indian freedom fighter who served in the Jawaharlal Nehru Cabinet. M.C. Chagla served as the chief justice of the Bombay High Court from 1947 to 1958. He was also a member of the Muslim League. However, he disassociated himself with the league after its leader Muhammad Ali Jinnah began fighting for a separate Muslim state. In 1985, a statue of her grandfather was unveiled and placed outside the Chief Justice’s Court in the Bombay High Court. The inscription on the statue reads,
A great judge, a great citizen, and, above all, a great human being.”
Rohiqa Chagla’s father-in-law, Pallonji Mistry, was a construction business tycoon.
Rohiqa Chagla is a corporate personality and has held directorships at various private and public limited companies. Previously, she was associated with companies like Anand Agencies Private Limited, Buildbazaar Technologies (India) Private Limited, and Pratham Education Foundation.
- After Cyrus Mistry was removed from his position as the organisation’s chairman in the Tata Group, he was involved in a legal battle with the Tatas. At that time, it was Rohiqa Chagla’s family who supported Mistry in his boardroom battle. Apparently, the legal framework of Cyrus’ case against the Tata Group was laid by Rohiqa’s father, Iqbal Chagla.
- The last person that her husband, Cyrus Mistry, met before meeting with the fatal car accident was the Parsi religious leader Guru Dasturji Khurshed. India Today
- Reportedly, Rohiqa Chagla’s original surname is not ‘Chagla’ but ‘Merchant.’ Their surname ‘Chagla’ was adopted by her grandfather, M. C. Chagla, after his great-grandfather’s pet name ‘Chagla’ (which means favourite in the Kutchi language) as her grandfather hated his surname ‘Merchant’ due to its association with money.