Kathwari moved to the United States in 1965 after earning a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Kashmir University. He earned an M.B.A. from New York University in 1968 and then joined an investment bank. Five years later, he started a firm that imported Kashmir wool and handcrafts. Ethan Allen eventually bought Kathwari’s business and hired him as a VP in 1980.
WS: Did you always set your sights on becoming CEO of a major company?
Kathwari: Not really. But I knew from an early age that I enjoyed providing , that it came naturally to me. Ever since I was in school in Kashmir, when I was involved in acti...(register to read more)