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The Hiranandanis are grappling with family discord and legal woes. Can they overcome the odds?

Photograph by Soumik Kar and Raman Pruthi

In a recent episode of Comedy Central Roasts, a series of celebrity specials aired on theComedy Central cable network in the US, maverick real estate mogul, Donald Trump joked: “What’s the difference between Donald Trump’s hair and a wet raccoon? A wet raccoon doesn’t have seven f*****g billion dollars in the bank.” For Trump, who has survived four corporate bankruptcies so far, flaunting his wealth has always been a chronic weakness. Not surprisingly he believes he is worth much more than the $2.7 billion valued by Forbes. Back in India, there’s really no one in the realty business who can match Trump in self-aggrandisement although there are some who come close in terms of wealth.