Sant Singh Chatwal

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Sant Singh Chatwal
Born 1946
Rawalpindi, Punjab (British India)
Residence United States
Nationality India Indian
Occupation Chairman and CEO,
Hampshire Hotels & Resorts, LLC

Sant Singh Chatwal is an Indian-American businessman, owner of the Bombay Palace chain of restaurants and Hampshire Hotels & Resorts.[1]


The son of a small tea stall owner in district courts Faridkot, Punjab claiming to have been a former pilot in the Indian Navy, Chatwal migrated to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where in course of time he became the owner of two restaurants serving Indian cuisine. In 1975, he left the country with some of his savings and opened a restaurant in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where he created a new cuisine based on a blend of French and Indian elements.

Chatwal is close to former US President Bill Clinton and his family, and has made substantial financial donations to his election campaigns, as well as to other causes and campaigns of the Democratic Party, with many of whose prominent representatives he is on good terms. He has accompanied the Clintons on several journeys to India, and is a Trustee of the William J. Clinton Foundation.

In the news[edit]

Chatwal was awarded the Padma Bhushan by President Pratibha Patil on Jan.26, 2010.


  1. ^ "Why is Sant Singh Chatwal famous?". The Financial Express. 2005-02-27. Retrieved 11 February 2010.  Check date values in: |date= (help)