Fact Check: Evangelist Anil Kumar confused with former McKinsey partner Anil Kumar

A YouTube channel called 'Country Thoughts' posted a video titled 'The Biography of Anil Kumar' about Indian-American Anil Kumar, a former McKinsey

By Misha Rajani  Published on  24 Dec 2021 12:36 PM GMT
Fact Check: Evangelist Anil Kumar confused with former McKinsey partner Anil Kumar

HYDERABAD: A youtube channel called 'Country Thoughts' posted a video titled 'The Biography of Evangelist Bro M. Anil Kumar' which falsely alleges that he was convicted of insider trading in McKinsey and company.

The video traces Anil Kumar's life from his birth to his family to his graduation from IIT Mumbai and further studies in London to joining McKinsey and finally to the various scams he was involved in and his arrest in 2012 (Archive).


Another website 'A Real News' also talks of his wife, daughter, education, family and more. These sources attribute the biography of former McKinsey partner Anil Kumar to Evangelist Anil Kumar. (Archive)


However, both the video and the article have used the photo of another man who, coincidentally, is also called Anil Kumar and who is an evangelist.

These sources claim that "Brother Anil Kumar" is the founder and chairman of McKinsey & Company and the chairman of Anil World Evangelism. Brother Anil Kumar graduated from IIT Bombay and pursued applied mechanics from Imperial College at the University of London, they claim. They further state that in 2010, he was found guilty of insider trading and was a government witness in Insecurities fraud trials against close friend Raj Rajaratnam.

Fact Check:

The YouTube video and website carry photos and visuals of Brother M. Anil Kumar who is the founder and chairman of Anil World Evangelism.

NewsMeter compared the photo of the man in the video to a photo of the former McKinsey partner and found the two are not the same. A reverse image search proved that the man in the video is Brother M. Anil Kumar.


The video and the article have used the details of former McKinsey partner Anil Kumar but used a photo of Brother M. Anil Kumar. (Read about former McKinsey partner Anil Kumar here and here)

In the video, the narrator states that Bro. M. Anil Kumar studied in IIT Mumbai then went to Imperial College at the University of London and to Wharton school at the University of Pennsylvania. The video further states that he worked at Hewlett Packard and at McKinsey & Company and was acquainted with Rajat Gupta.

However, all these details are about the former McKinsey partner Anil Kumar. These quotes have been taken from Anil Kumar's Wikipedia page.


Brother Anil Kumar, on the other hand, has no connection with the insider training case nor was he involved in any financial fraud.

Anil Kumar, a former senior partner at McKinsey & Company, was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to forfeit $2,260,000 for his participation in an insider trading scheme in which he provided material, non-public information stolen from McKinsey and its clients to Raj Rajaratnam, the head of Galleon Group. Kumar pled guilty in January 2010 to one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and one count of securities fraud. (Source: FBI)

Clearly, a photo of evangelist Brother M. Anil Kumar, the founder and chairman of Anil World Evangelism, has been used in a video about former McKinsey partner Anil Kumar who pleaded guilty to insider trading.


Claim Review:Bro. M. Anil Kumar helped convict Wall Street tycoons for insider training.
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