Jagdishbhai Patel was born in June 1941 in Embu, Kenya where he grew up in a traditional family and received education at schools in Nairobi. As a child he was an avid reader, spending hours pouring over books. He also had a creative side and enjoyed painting. At the age of 21 years he set up his first company Uhuru Traders, a retail business. In 1965 he established Kindaruma Limited, dealing with hardware and construction materials.
Professionally he has been a successful businessman. However personally he is both religious and charitable at heart. In 1993, he assisted in creating a Hindu temple in his home town Embu and later he offered seva and contributed towards the Haveli in Nairobi. In the UK, he was involved in successfully establishing a Haveli in Leicester in 2010 and presently, in the formation of Shrinathdham Haveli and Community Centre in Harrow, London.