The Patrons

Rezwan Razack

A true titan in the real estate industry, Rezwan Razack is the Co-founder of the Prestige Group and Managing Director of Prestige Estates Projects Ltd., India’s leading property developer. His indubitable business acumen, vision and guidance have been instrumental in the company’s growth for over the last forty years. The museum is the glorious testament of his passion for collecting historic paper money. Compiled over the course of 50 years, his collection is unrivalled and most comprehensive in the world today, both in scope and significance.

Inspired by his in-depth research of the history of Indian paper money, he co-authored and released ‘The Revised Standard Reference Guide to Indian Paper Money’ in 2012. The book, hailed as ‘the Bible for Indian Paper Money’, is an encyclopaedic coverage of information and trivia related to the topic. In 2017, Rezwan authored a second book, ‘One Rupee – One Hundred Years 1917-2017’, to mark the 100th Anniversary of the issue of the One Rupee note in India. In 2010, the IBNS honoured him for his significant contribution to The Advancement of Numismatic Knowledge for his article ‘Banknotes of Portuguese India’ and in 2020 for the article ‘Portrait Notes of Queen Victoria’. Rezwan also won the ‘Fred Philipson Award’ twice and a honorable mention from the IBNS Journal.

Rezwan Razack is currently serving as the Chairman of the International Bank Note Society – IBNS – India Banknote Collectors’ Chapter. Rezwan shares his knowledge with students to promote numismatics as a hobby. He writes regularly on Indian Paper Money for numismatic publications in India and abroad.

Bazil Shaikh

Bringing in a wealth of experience in the monetary realm, Bazil Shaikh is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to his insider knowledge about money and related topics. Being a career central banker for over 30 years, he has served in various distinguished capacities including Secretary to the Board of the Reserve Bank of India. He is a veritable jack of all trade with expertise in trade, exchange rate and reserve management, rural development, human resource management as well as governance and more.

Bazil Shaikh was one of the key players in the establishment of the Reserve Bank Monetary Museum at Mumbai, playing an instrumental role in conceptualization, research and curation process. He has a Doctorate in Economics from the Gokhale Institute of Economics and Politics and was a mid-career fellow in Public Policy at the Princeton University. He was appointed to several high profile committees of Government of India and the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) and was associated with projects funded by the Asian Development Bank. Bazil Shaikh has also written for several websites and publications, notably, the Paper and the Promise, Mint Road Milestones: RBI at 75, and The Conjuror’s Trick: An Interpretive History of Paper Money in India.

Faiz Rezwan

Tremendously driven from a young age, Faiz Rezwan was thoroughly motivated by the passion and dynamism of his father, Rezwan Razack. Further inspired by the business ideas and ambition that his father instilled in the workforce of Prestige Group, he joined the company in 2002. After 7 years of immense dedication combined with a relentless work ethic, he became the Executive Director of Prestige Group in 2009. One of the crowning achievements that led him to acquiring the much coveted position was Prestige Golfshire – Considered the first golf residential development in South India, a unique first-of-its- kind concept that he introduced to South India in 2008. Responsible for developing this landmark project, Faiz personally handpicked reputed international firms from across the world to make Golfshire a reality. He continues to consistently expand the limits of his expertise by undertaking various challenging projects for the company. He currently handles the logistics of procurement and contracts of the Prestige Group.

Among the many hats he dons, Faiz is on the Board and Management of several other companies / subsidiaries of the Group. He also serves as the Chairman of Sri Chakra Hotels Pvt. Ltd, a subsidiary of Prestige Hospitality Ventures, which has been credited with introducing some of the most reputed international brands in the world to South India. Having always been in awe of his father’s passion for collecting antique paper money, Faiz Rezwan is currently serving as the Managing Trustee at the ‘Rezwan Razack’s Museum of Indian Paper Money’.

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