Sant Singh Chatwal
|Sant Singh Chatwal|
Rawalpindi, Punjab (British India)
|Occupation||Chairman and CEO,
Hampshire Hotels & Resorts, LLC
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.