Shri Kirtilal Manilal Mehta was born in Palanpur on February 7, 1907. He lost his father when he was just 12, and soon joined the family business in Rangoon, Burma. Shri Mehta set up an independent business in Mumbai under the name Kirtilal Manilal Mehta. Seeing the potential in the export of diamonds, he pioneered the entry of the Indian community into Antwerp. Shri Mehta received a number of honors including an Award in 1973 for being a Leading Exporter from the Government of India, and an Outstanding Exporter Award from the President of Israel. Shri Mehta was decorated by the King of Belgium in 1991. Shri Mehta was the first ever Indian to be decorated "Officer of the Order of Leopold" by His Majesty the King of Belgium. He was also honored by the Nawab of Palanpur.