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Tycoon who founded Starbucks’s Indian rival missing since Monday

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The founder of Coffee Day Enterprises, the Indian rival of Starbucks Corp, has been missing since Monday evening after he went on a walk, police said.

[NEW DEHLI] The founder of Coffee Day Enterprises, the Indian rival of Starbucks Corp, has been missing since Monday evening after he went on a walk, police said.

V. G. Siddhartha asked his driver to stop his car, before going for a walk near the Southern Indian city of Mangaluru, local police official Jayant Kumar said by phone. The driver informed police when Siddhartha didn't return after an hour, Kumar said.

Coffee Day Enterprises, in which Mr Siddhartha holds 32.75 per cent stake as per data compiled by Bloomberg, is a holding company for several businesses, the most prominent of which is Cafe Coffee Day, with more than 1,500 cafes across the country.

Mr Siddhartha was seeking a valuation of as much as US$1.45 billion from Coca-Cola for a stake sale in the coffee chain he set up, The Economic Times reported last month.

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A representative for Coffee Day, which also exports coffee, didn't immediately respond to a call and an email seeking comments.

Coffee Day, which went public in 2015, almost two decades after opening its first cafe in Bengaluru, is now present in more than 200 cities. The company, founded in 1993, opened the first international cafe in Vienna in 2005, according to its website.

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