Rai Bahadur Mohan Singh Oberoi (15 August 1898—3 May 2002) was an Indian hotelier, the founder and chairman of Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, India’s second-largest hotel company, with 35 hotels in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Egypt, Australia and Hungary.
His Early Life of Struggle
M S Oberoi was born in Bhaun, a small village in Punjab. During the partition of India, Bhaun became part of Pakistan. His father died, when he was barely six months old, leaving his mother with few resources. After attending schools in his village, he passed the Intermediate College Examination, but was unable to continue attending classes because of lack of finances.
In 1922, he started his hotel career with a low-paid of INR 50 as a billing clerk position at Shimla’s The Cecil. He was working there as a bellboy; within two years he assisted the Cecil’s manager, Mr. Clarke, in purchasing The Carlton Hotel (renamed Clarkes) in Shimla, and ten years later, in 1934, upon Clarke’s retirement, he gathered all the family resources to purchase the hotel.
As a Successful Businessman
He founded the Oberoi Group in 1934. Employed about 12,000 people worldwide and owned and managed about thirty hotels and five luxury cruisers as of 2012. Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, ranks amongst the top ten hotel spas Asia-Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East of the Travel + Leisure magazine and ranked third in Best Hotels in Asia in 2007.
Other activities include airline catering, management of restaurants and airport bars, travel and tour services, car rental, project management and corporate air charters. The Group has a number of hotels worldwide, latest hotel additions being in Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Egypt and Africa.
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