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|Born||London, United Kingdom|
|Alma mater||Cornell University|
|Occupation||Chairman Swordfish Investments, Hope Construction Materials, QPR|
|Awards||Asian Business Young Entrepreneur of the Year|
Amit Bhatia, (born London, 1979) is a British-Indian businessman. His parents are Arun and Renu Bhatia. He has an older brother called Aneesh and a younger sister Ayesha. He is fluent in Hindi, English and Spanish. In 2004 Bhatia married Vanisha Mittal, the only daughter and second child of billionaire steel tycoon and Chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal, Lakshmi Mittal, in a ceremony described as "lavish" and "outrageous"  said to have cost as much as $78 million.
Amit Bhatia was born into a Punjabi Indian family originally from Lahore, in London, United Kingdom. Bhatia was educated in Delhi at Columba's School until 1995, followed by Dulwich College in London, United Kingdom, in 1996, and at the British School in Delhi in 1997. Bhatia graduated from Cornell University in 2001, an Ivy League university located in Ithaca, New York, in the United States where he studied Applied Economics & Management.
Bhatia began his career briefly working in mergers and acquisitions at both Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch in New York. After that he decided to pursue charitable work in Ecuador before joining Credit Suisse First Boston in London. He then incubated Swordfish Investments, a Mayfair-based private equity fund, and Swordfish Capital Management, an investment management company. Investments included education, media, telecoms and financial services.
In 2007 Bhatia bought a stake in Queens Park Rangers FC, London, an English Premier League club and serves as its Vice-Chairman. In 2012, Bhatia admitted that his father-in-law has considered withdrawing financial support for the club which has recently been relegated from the Premier League. Football commentators and fans have expressed concerns about QPR's owners's stewardship of the club. In 2011, Bhatia resigned from QPR's board in frustration after his family's bid to buy the whole club was unsuccessful, he returned to the board a few months later. In January 2009 he was appointed to be the Chairman of QPR in the Community Trust. In 2010, Amit set up a grant-awarding charity, called the Global Relief Initiative.
Bhatia is the Chairman of Hope Construction Materials, the UK’s largest independent supplier of concrete, cement, aggregates and asphalt. The company was launched in January 2013 after the divestment of 200 sites by two of the UK's biggest building materials companies, Tarmac and Lafarge. Hope’s assets include the largest cement works in the UK at Hope Valley in Derbyshire, 172 ready-mix plants, 4 rail heads, 5 major quarries, 7 national offices, a fleet of over 400 vehicles and the company employs over 800 people. The company is already a member of the World's Economic Forum's Community of Global Growth Companies (GGC) which was formed to engage dynamic high-growth companies with the potential to be tomorrow’s industry leaders and to become a driving force of economic and social change.
In 2007, Bhatia initiated the Mittal Champions Trust, after being disappointed that Indian athletes did not have enough support to help them win gold at various championships, especially the Olympics. Lakshmi Mittal witnessed India winning one, bronze, medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics, which prompted him and Bhatia set up the charity. It sponsors Indian sportsmen with world-class potential, one of whom, Abhinav Bindra, won a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics just one year later in 2008.
Bhatia took part in a triathlon in the summer of 2009 to raise funds for the QPR in the Community Trust charity, raising over £32,000.
In 2011, Bhatia donated money to the Cornell University Library System to support its café space in the first floor of The John M. Olin Library. The café was renamed that same year to "Amit Bhatia Libe Café;" it had formerly been known as just "Libe Café".
Amit is a member of the William Pitt Group at Chatham House, which is home to the Royal Institute of International Affairs and is a world-leading source of independent analysis, informed debate and influential ideas on how to build a prosperous and secure world for all.
Amit Bhatia was selected as the Asian Business Young Entrepreneur of the Year, in March 2013 at the Asian Business Awards. Subsequently he also won the award for the Outstanding Young Executive at the Global Business Excellence Awards.
- Profile at Swordfish Investments
- Profile at Hope Construction Materials
- Twitter Page at Twitter
- "Hope Construction Materials"
- Interview: 'QPR turned our heads away from glamour', says Amit Bhatia, Evening Standard, Mihir Bose, 02.03.10
- Interview: 'Football, investments and plans to bring a new energy to the very traditional construction industry, Real Business, Jack Torrance, 05.08.13
- Special report: 'World Cement visits Hope Construction Materials, Louise Fordham, 21.08.13
- "Most Outrageous Billionaire Weddings".
- "The 10 Most Lavish Weddings Ever".
- [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/article-2196601/Charles-Sale-Bhatias-doubts-QPR-future.html / "Bhatia's doubts over QPR future"].
- "QPR chairman Tony Fernandes is chasing the impossible dream".
- "QPR vice-chairman Amit Bhatia quits over board fall-out".
- "World Economic Forum's Global Growth Companies".
- "Mittal Champions Trust".
- "The Amit Bhatia Libe Café".