Asian Business of the Year Award (supported by OakNorth Bank): Surinder Arora, founder of the Arora Group
Brought up in humble circumstances – when he arrived in Britain he could barely speak English – Surinder Arora has created one of the country’s leading hospitality businesses.
The Arora Group now has a portfolio of 15 hotels with around 6,000 rooms and three more in the pipeline.
Already famed for building the Sofitel, the only hotel with direct access to Heathrow Terminal Five, Arora has also now created another iconic hotel – the Intercontinental at the O2, which has the largest ballroom of any in Europe.
He is also refurbishing a hotel in Windsor and has the permission of the Queen to rebrand it as the Royal Windsor Park Hotel.