Most people who beg are doing so out of desperation. Some, however, are not desperate at all; begging is their chosen profession, and they make good money from it. But the truly desperate will not be found begging in most cases.
Instead, beggars will have their hobby which they have sharpened over the years (or through adult training for the children) and will have key strategy marked out for themselves where they can make good money.
Here’s a list of few super-rich beggars in India, who own apartments, have lots of properties and a huge bank balance. But still, they continue to beg on the streets.
51-year-old Bharat reportedly operates at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus or Azad Maidan. He’s said to be one of the richest beggars in India and he supposedly earns nearly Rs75,000 a month. He also owns two apartments each valued at Rs70,00,000, according to reports.
Originally, reported to be hailing from Kolkata, she is said to have started begging at the early age of 16. Apparently, she earns close to Rs30,000 a month.
Krishna Kumar Gite
Gite reportedly begs near Charni Road, Mumbai and owns a flat where he lives with his brother. He apparently earns approximately Rs1,500 a day.
Burju Chandra Azad
Azad supposedly had a fixed deposit of Rs8.77 lakhs and around Rs1.5 lakhs in cash, in his residence, in Govandi. All of his assets were discovered by the Mumbai police after he lost his life in an accident while crossing the railway tracks in 2019.
After fracturing his leg in an accident, Pappu started begging on Patna’s rail platforms to make a living. According to some reports, Kumar has assets worth Rs1.25 crores.
Massu or Malana
Massu reportedly starts begging around 8 in the evening. He begs mostly outside high-end restaurants visited by Television and film stars. He is said to earn anywhere between Rs1,000 to Rs1,500 on average, every day. Aside from his 1 BHK flat at Amboli in Andheri West, he is said to own a flat in Andheri East, too.
He’s often seen begging around Khar region in Mumbai. Apart from begging professionally, Kale also owns some real estate in Solapur. He has a few investments and apparently a bank balance of over half a lakh.
She’s said to be one of the more prominent beggars living behind Ashok Cinema in Patna. Apparently, she earns Rs50,000 each month and pays an annual insurance premium of Rs36,000.