Jehangir Mistry was born in Bombay, India in 1945. He grew up surrounded by a tightly knit Zoroastrian community but was also able to form friendships with many different kinds of people because he attended a Catholic school growing up. After graduating from high school, he went on to complete a bachelor's in both mechanical engineering and electrical engineering before immigrating to the United States in 1967 to get his master's degree at MIT. After graduating from MIT, he went on to work for Ford Motor Company in Detroit, where he stayed for 32 years. His wife joined him in Detroit, where they raised their son and daughter. At the age of 55, Mr. Mistry moved to Houston, where he settled in Sugar Land and retired after working for a couple of years.