Samuel Marshall was born in Mumbai, India in 1935. He completed his tertiary education at the Cathedral School in Mumbai, and later attended Sydenham College Mumbai. His main interests during his formative years included sports, history, archaeology and political science; and he was very adept at applying these facets to the commodity business.
He was the Cathedral School’s Badminton champion, Hockey centre half blue at both school level and at University as also Football and represented school and college as a mean Boxer. He always believed that a keen sportsman has the qualities of resourcefulness, resilience and the will to succeed. These facets of his character have held him in good stead throughout his life.