Pune, 11th August 2023: Darius Forbes, the visionary founder of Forbes Marshall Group, breathed his last on Friday at the age of 97. A trailblazer in the field of industrial entrepreneurship and a staunch advocate of philanthropy, Forbes leaves behind an indelible legacy. Notably, he was a founding member of the esteemed Center for Advancement of Philanthropy (CAP).
Born in 1926, Forbes embarked on his professional journey at the age of 19, joining JN Marshall. Driven by a spirit of innovation and determination, he eventually ventured into independent business endeavors, fostering partnerships with British enterprises. In due course, he established his own manufacturing unit in Pune, which marked the beginning of a remarkable expansion trajectory. The Forbes Marshall Group’s influence and success grew steadily under his astute leadership. He is survived by his two sons, Farhad and Naushad.
Daryas M. Forbes played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Center for Advancement of Philanthropy. Fondly remembering Forbes’ contributions, Noshir Dadrawala emphasized that Forbes’ influence was integral to shaping the organization. In a remarkable display of commitment, he offered office space within his own company premises in Mumbai to the institute. Known for his thoughtfulness and encouragement, Forbes believed in the practical manifestation of social responsibility, rather than mere rhetoric. His ethos set a precedent that inspired other enterprises to follow suit, leading to a positive shift in corporate ethos.
The passing of Darius Forbes is mourned not only by the industrial and philanthropic sectors but also by the community at large. His visionary leadership, commitment to social progress, and unwavering dedication to philanthropy have left an indelible mark on the landscape of business and charitable initiatives.