Danobir Dr. Ragib Ali is a man with rare endowment. From a modest start he has become one of the richest man of the country. His epoch making philanthropic projects and charitable campaigns have earned him the title “Danobir” (Philanthropic Hero). He is a household name all over the country especially among the poor because of his patronage for the downtrodden people.
Danobir Dr. Ragib Ali was born on 10 th October 1938 in a noble but impoverished family of village Talibpur now known as Ragib Nagar of Upazila: Bishwnath, District: Sylhet. He is the fifth of the eight sons of late Alhaj Syed Rashid Ali and late Begum Rabeya Banu. They are the descendants of Syed Muhammad Yakub an Afghan who came to this area as the military chief of Khawja Osman Khan Lohani a pathan, the then ruler of the region.
He studied in the local school and Raza G. C. High School and College of Sylhet. He started his career early in life. He went to United Kingdom at the age of 18 years to further his education and to try to change his lot. With hard work and perseverance he could transform himself from an ordinary waiter to a leading entrepreneur. He built up a successful restaurant business, acquired a huge wealth through share market and real estate business. His foresight, exceptional business acumen and strategic vision, honesty, talents and energy were the key factors for achievement of these wonderful feats. But being a real patriot and true son of the soil he returned to his native country with all his funds to contribute in national development. As an astute entrepreneur he became, within a short period of time, a leading industrialist, a renowned businessman, a foremost tea planter and a famous banker of the country.
Danobir Dr. Ragib Ali has an endless contribution in social upliftment. His endeavour in this field is diverse and manifold, in promoting education, healthcare, sports, culture, literary works, journalism, communication etc. He has made many schools, colleges, universities and madrashas. One of these is Jalalabad Ragib-Rabeya Medical College and Hospital, which has become an excellent centre for medical education and healthcare. Millions, poor and rich alike are being benefited from these. A great philanthropist and a definitive patron of the poor as he is, he devoted himself for their well being. He has invested a major portion of his funds for their upliftment. His philanthropy extends to every aspect of their life. He has made many roads, bridge, culverts etc. In his name there are more than 220 philanthropic projects, which are greatly contributing in changing life of millions of the less privileged.
In his personal life he prefers a simple living and maintains absolute austerity. He is very polite in his dealings and mixes freely with people of every walks of life. He is happily married with Begum Rabeya Khatun Chowdhury. She herself is an illustrious lady and philanthropic personality and is an inspiring force to Mr. Ragib Ali in his social and philanthropic works. They are blessed with a son and a daughter.
Danobir Dr. Ragib Ali is the name of an eminent and noteworthy personality. He has reached the height of achievement in human welfare by dint of perseverance, extreme diligence and intelligence. Innumerable humanitarian works and charities of this lofty man have transformed him to an institution himself. He had actively worked to eradicate the various irregularities and injustice in both home and abroad. This publicity-averse person is widely known as “Magnanimous Ragib All” in both the national and international arena. Through establishing countless schools, colleges, mosques, madarasas, medical college, universities, religious institutions, streets and roads, bridge and culverts, contribution in the education, health care, sports and publishing sector, through actively supporting the publishing of the literary works of writers-researchers, through patronizing the field of art and culture and through actively working for poverty alleviation-this great personality has completely dedicated himself in all aspects of human development. According to Danobir Dr. Ragib Ali “No deed is greater than the deed of caring and dedicating one’s life to the welfare of mankind”. This sophisticated man with admiration for art and culture, vows to dedicates himself for the welfare of human being till his last breath.Danobir Dr. Ragib All was born in Ragibnagar of Sylhet District. He Completed SSC Exam from Raza G.C High School and went abroad for higher studies. He Completed A Level from Ashely College UK and BBA and MBA from American University. He also completed PhD (2013) on “Tea for food security” from the same University. Since 1961 he became completely engaged in business. He is one of the leading industrialists of Bangladesh and is associated with multifarious business organizations including Tea, Banking and Insurance companies, Moreover; he is the heart and soul as well as the visionary behind numerous organizations and associations. These are.