|Born||Kul Rattan Chadha
6 August 1949
|Occupation||founder and chairman, CitizenM|
|Known for||founder and former CEO, Mexx|
Kul Rattan Chadha (born 6 August 1949) is an Indian-born Dutch businessman, founder and former CEO of the Mexx clothing company and more recently chairman of the CitizenM hotel chain which he founded in 2007.
Born into a well-to-do family of steel manufacturers in Delhi, he moved to the Netherlands in 1971, where he started importing clothes from India and the Far East. He launched two lines of clothing in 1980, "Moustache" for men, and "Emanuelle" for women, which he merged in 1986 to Mexx. In 2001, Chadha sold most of the company for several hundred million dollars to Liz Claiborne Inc. Chadha, who resides in Wassenaar, remained CEO of the company until December 1, 2006. He is considering opening a museum for contemporary art in Amsterdam containing living and working spaces for artists and, to start, housing his own collection.
Chadha's newest venture is a new, innovative hotel concept called citizenM, with its first two hotels opening in 2008 and 2009 in Amsterdam. The third hotel opened in Glasgow, Scotland in August 2010 with the first London hotel opened in the summer of 2012. Further hotels in London, Rotterdam and one in New York are scheduled. Chadha is chairman of the citizenM company.
Rattan is the President and Owner of Royal Mougins Golf Club, an 18-hole course located in the Mougins area of France. In 2000, Rattan was knighted by the Queen of the Netherlands as a Ridder for his entrepreneurial success.
He was named as one of the people with offshore accounts in the Panama Papers.