• Arun Nayar is a 54-year-old entrepreneur and businessman, known for being the heir to one of the biggest textile firms in India
• His net worth is over $200 million
• He was born in Yorkshire, England and is of Indian-German ethnicity; he is fluent in English, Hindi, Italian and German
• He was married to Valentina Pedroni from 1997 to 2005 and to Elizabeth Hurley from 2007 to 2011
• He is married to Kim Johnson since 2016; his hobbies include playing golf and reading books and his favorite actor is Salman Khan


Who is Arun Nayar?

Arun Nayar was born in December of 1964 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England UK and is a 54-year-old entrepreneur and businessman, known for being the heir to one of the biggest textile firms in India. He is also the founder and CEO of Direction Software Solutions. Moreover, Arun is popular as the ex-husband of famous English actress and model Elizabeth Hurley.

How rich is he, as of now? Net Worth and Assets

Arun Nayar’s net worth is over $200 million, accumulated from his successful business ventures in the textile industry since 1982. His net worth also includes such assets as homes located in Germany, France and the capital of England.

Early Life, Nationality, Ethnicity, Educational Background

Arun Nayar is the son of Vinod Nayar, who hails from India, and Gunnar, who was born in Germany. He was raised in a council estate in Leeds, Yorkshire, since his father studied there. Following the birth of his younger brother, named Nikhil Nayar, the family eventually moved to India. After the divorce of their parents, Arun and Nikhil stayed with their mother. Arun has Indian nationality and is of Indian-German ethnicity; he belongs to the Hinduism religion.

Educational Background

Being the owner of a successful textile company enabled his mother Gunnar to pay tuition for her children at the high-ranking Cathedral and John Connon School. At the age of 16, Arun returned to England to attend, board at Millfield School.

While there, he distinguished himself as a student with excellent grades, and it led him to become a student at Oxford University, graduating with a B.Sc. degree in Physics. Thereafter, he enrolled into Imperial College, London, from which he earned an MA degree in Physics. Arun is fluent not only in English and Hindi but also in Italian and German.

Family Business and Professional Career

Arun Nayar’s mother Gunnar decided to launch the textile company back in the 1970s. Over time, the company became one of the biggest textile companies in India, which eventually earned Arun a jet-set reputation in Mumbai. Right after he completed his education, Arun joined the family business, but thereafter he also established his own business, Direction Software Solutions, a software services and IT consulting company, which he serves as the CEO.

Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar

Appearance and Vital Statistics

  • Short dark brown hair
  • Dark brown eyes
  • Height – 5ft 7ins (1.70m)
  • Weight – 120lbs (55kgs)
  • Vital Statistics – 40-34-35
  • Biceps Size – 12ins
  • Shoe Size – 6 (US)

Ex-Wife Valentina Pedroni

Arun Nayar met his first wife, Valentina Pedroni, an Italian fashion model, while he was on holiday in St. Moritz, Switzerland back in 1991. They were married from 1997 until 2005, but separated three years before their divorce was finalized. Valentina received over $6 million as the divorce settlement.

Relationship with Elizabeth Hurley

Arun became romantically involved in a relationship with Elizabeth Hurley just after he separated from Valentina. They were spotted in public for the first time in January of 2003, when they appeared together at the Christian Dior fashion show in Paris, France.

Arun and Elizabeth have a Hindu Wedding Ceremony

Although the couple eventually tied the knot at a ceremony held at Sudeley Castle in March 2007, they also had a Hindu wedding ceremony, on which they spent over $2.5 million, and which took a place at Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. The bride wore a jewel-encrusted sari worth over $4,000, while her hands and feet were decorated with henna designs. After the ceremony, they continued with a traditional party at Meherangarh Fort.

Separation and Divorce

Arun adopted Hurley’s son from her previous relationship. Their residence was on a 400-acre organic farm located in Barnsley, Gloucestershire. However, Arun and Elizabeth went their separate ways after just  three years of marriage. In April of 2011, she filed for divorce, citing as the main reason his ‘unreasonable behavior’, and the divorce was finalized in June that year.

Life after Divorce, Hobbies and Favorites

Following his divorce from Elizabeth Hurley, Arun Nayar moved on with his life and soon started dating Kim Johnson in 2012; she is 20 years younger than Arun, and a professional fashion model. They eventually married four years later, on the 30th July. In his spare time, Arun enjoys playing golf and reading books. His favorite actor and actress are Salman Khan and Jennifer Lawrence. He also enjoys traveling – his favorite destination is London.

Ex-Wife Elizabeth Hurley

Elizabeth Jane Hurley was born on the 10 June of 1965 under the sign of Gemini, in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England, and is a 54-year-old actress and model. Her father, Roy Leonard Hurley, served as a major at Royal Army Educational Corps, while her mother, Angela Mary, worked as a teacher at Kempshott Junior School. Elizabeth has two siblings – an elder sister named Kathleen and younger brother named Andrews. She went to Harriet Costello School, and was involved in New Age travelers. She also attended ballet classes, and later became a student at the London Studio Centre. However, she was banished after going AWOL in 1986.

Modeling Career

Elizabeth Hurley became a professional model in 1995, when she was chosen to serve as a spokesmodel for the Estée Lauder cosmetics company, so she made appearances in advertising commercials for the company’s fragrances, including “Tuscany per Donna”, “Dazzling”, and “Pleasures”.

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After being replaced by Carolyn Murphy, Elizabeth continued collaborating with Estée Lauder, and in addition appeared in ads for such brands as Shiatzy Chen, Monsoon, Patrick Cox, and Jordache, as well as gracing the cover of the British issue of “Vogue” magazine three times. Moreover, Elizabeth launched her own line of beachwear via Harrods in 2005, while she designed the 12 swimsuits collection for MANGO in 2008.

Significant Film Appearances

Elizabeth made her debut as Marietta in the 1987 anthology film “Aria”, followed by her portrayal of Claire Clairmont in the Spanish drama film “Rowing With The Wind” (1988). The film follows the relationship between Percy, Lord Byron and Mary Shelley at the time she wrote the novel “Frankenstein”. It was directed by Gonzalo Suárez, and rewarded with seven Goya Awards.

Elizabeth’s big break came in 1997, when she landed the role of Vanessa Kensington in the spy comedy film “Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery”, for which she won the 1997 ShoWest Supporting Actress of the Year. Her other significant film roles include as the Devil in Harold Ramis’ 2000 remake of the 1967 film “Bedazzled”, and Rebecca in Duncan Roy’s thriller “Method”, for which she was also the executive producer.

Career on Television

Elizabeth’s first major role on television came in 1988, when she was cast in the title role in the BBC2 four-part drama mini-series “Christabel”, based on the life of English writer Christabel Bielenberg. In 1996, she featured as Delilah in the TNT history drama film “Samson And Delilah”, starring next to Dennis Hopper.

Between 2011 and 2012, Elizabeth starred in the recurring role of Diana Payne in The CW teen drama series “Gossip Girl”, created by Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz, and was then cast as Queen Helena in the E! primetime soap-opera “The Royals”, appearing in 40 episodes from 2015 to 2018. Most recently, Elizabeth joined the cast of the Hulu adventure superhero series “Runaways” in 2019, portraying fictional supervillain Morgan le Fay.

Personal Life before Her Marriage to Arun Nayar and Son

In 1987, Elizabeth started dating famous Hollywood star Hugh Grant. They were together for 13 years and then announced their break-up in May of 2000. Four years later, she gave birth to her first child, a son named Damian Charles Hurley, with businessman Steve Bing. Although he denied paternity, a DNA test proved it – her ex-boyfriend Hugh Grand is the godfather of her son.

Life after Divorce and Charity Work

Following divorce from Arun Nayar in 2011, Elizabeth Hurley started a relationship with Shane Warne, and they even became engaged during the same year; he is a former professional cricket player from Australia. However, the couple ended their engagement in December of 2013.

Elizabeth collaborates with various charities, such as the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign of Estée Lauder, ARK Children’s Charity, Elton John AIDS Foundation, End Hunger Network, etc. She also serves as an ambassador for the children’s charity Hop Skip and Jump.


Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected].

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