Businesswoman and philanthropist Parmeshwar Godrej passes away:
Businesswoman and philanthropist Parmeshwar Godrej, the wife of industrialist Adi Godrej, died on Monday night in a Mumbai hospital after a prolonged lung illness, family sources said. She was 70.
She was Mumbai’s original queen bee and will be fondly remembered by many as a style icon in her signature beret, who hosted some of Mumbai’s most memorable evenings peppered with a globally eclectic guest list – including businesspersons, Hollywood actors and beautiful people – with an ease which no one has since been able to match.
Godrej used her position and natural charm to champion many social causes. She campaigned for AIDS at a time when people were still embarrassed to talk about it. One of her biggest initiatives in philanthropy was joining hands with actor Richard Gere, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative to combat AIDS through the launch of the ‘Heroes Project’ in 2004.
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