Titan Shares Plunge Leaves Jhunjhunwala Widow Nursing Heavy Losses

It was a brutal Monday for Rekha Jhunjhunwala as her prized stock holding in Titan Company tanked over 7%, erasing more than Rs 800 crore from her net worth

The late Rakesh Jhunjhunwala and his wife had built up Titan as their flagship equity investment over many years, with Rekha now owning a substantial 5.35% stake.

However, the jewellery-to-watches major’s lacklustre Q4 earnings report triggered a sharp sell-off that painfully exposed the couple’s concentrated market exposure.

Titan has been the cornerstone of the Jhunjhunwala portfolio for its consistent growth profile and dominant market position in India’s fast-expanding branded jewellery sector.

Over two decades, it grew from a small acquisition by the Tatas to a behemoth valued at nearly Rs 3 lakh crore.

Its attractiveness as a ‘play’ on India’s consumption story made it a perennial favourite among local institutional investors as well.