Rai Bahadur Mohan Singh Oberoi
Founder Chairman, The Oberoi Group
Rai Bahadur Mohan Singh Oberoi was born on 15th August, 1898 in erstwhile undivided Punjab, which is now in Pakistan. He was only six months old when his father died. Success and fortune did not, therefore, come easily to him. Initiative, resourcefulness and hard work, combined with the capability to face and overcome the most overwhelming odds can best characterise this phenomenal entrepreneur.
Rai Bahadur Mohan Singh Oberoi completed his primary education in Rawalpindi and moved to Lahore for his Bachelor's degree. Shortly thereafter, to flee the ravages of a virulent plague, he went to seek his fortune in Shimla, the summer capital of British India. Arriving penniless, he found a job at a monthly salary of INR 50, as the front desk clerk at the Cecil Hotel. Today, The Oberoi Group owns the hotel The Oberoi Cecil where the young Mr. Oberoi found his métier.
Executive Chairman, EIH Limited
Mr. P.R.S. Oberoi is the Executive Chairman of EIH Limited, the flagship company of The Oberoi Group. He is also the Chairman of Oberoi Hotels Private Limited, the major shareholder of EIH Limited. Popularly known as "Biki", Mr. Oberoi is the son of late Rai Bahadur Mohan Singh Oberoi, the founder of The Oberoi Group.
Mr. P.R.S. Oberoi was educated in India, the United Kingdom and in Switzerland.
In addition to providing leadership for the management of luxury hotels in several countries, Mr. Oberoi has been instrumental in pioneering the development of the new Oberoi hotels and resorts. The "Oberoi" brand has come to represent fine luxury hotels.
Mr. Oberoi is credited with placing Oberoi hotels on the international luxury travellers' map with the opening of several new luxury hotels in important locations, thus redefining architectural and design standards in luxury hospitality. A key aspect of this is the development of hotels that reflect their environment.
It is Mr. Oberoi's firm belief that people are the most valuable asset of any organisation. Recognising the importance of quality in hospitality management, Mr. Oberoi established 'The Oberoi Centre of Learning and Development' at New Delhi in 1966. Today, this institution is considered amongst the best in Asia.