Rajat Gupta: American Dream Gone Wrong?



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Code : GOV0063

Case Length : 27 Pages

Period : 2006 to 2012

Period : McKinsey & Co, Galleon Fund

Year :
2013

Industry : Investment Banking, Banking, Financial Markets

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Countries : USA, India, Srilanka

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Abstract: Rajat Gupta, the first non American CEO of a Top 50 US company, was considered a living example of the American Dream. Born in India and orphaned at a young age, Rajat Gupta scaled great heights in his professional life. With Harvard Business School and the Indian Institute of Technology as his Alma mater, he rose to the top offices of the business world. Hailed for his intelligence and generosity, Gupta was showered with laurels by the world. He stood as a beacon for many, before the dream came crashing down. Rajat Gupta was accused of insider trading and was sentenced. The case tries to give a gist of Rajat Gupta’s life before the accusations surfaced and how his friendship with Rajaratnam and his greed for money brought down one of the most respected businessmen in history.

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Pedagogical Objectives:

  • Understand the Rajat Gupta insider trading episode.
  • Understand the intricacies of the insider trading laws.
  • Visualize the insider trading episode from the points of view of both Rajat Gupta as well as the US government
  • Debate ethical issues pertaining to the insider information episode


    Keywords : Rajat Gupta, Rajaratnam, Insider Trading, Galleon Fund, Mc Kinsey & Co, Indian School of Business, Security Exchange Commission, Investment Banking, Ethics of Banking, Board of Directors, Phone Tapping, Diplomatic Cables, Share Trading

    Contents :
    » Introduction
    » Career
    » Outside Mckinsey & Company
    » Philanthropic work
    » Raj Rajaratnam
    » Philanthropic work
    » The Mess
    » Allegations Of Insideer Trading
    » The Judgement


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