Lord Karan Bilimoria

Founder & Chairman Cobra Beer
Lord Karan Bilimoria

Who Am I

Lord Bilimoria is the Founder and Chairman of Cobra Beer. He is also Vice Chairman of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Asian Business Association and a member of various charities. He made it onto the Fast Track 2000 listing and is featured in both the Asian Times and Eastern Eye listings of successful businesses. He was chosen as a cross-bench life peer in 2006, becoming the first-ever Parsi in the House of Lords.


Biography

Lord Bilimoria started his career at Ernst & Young, where he spent four years working in audit, tax, training and accounting. In 1989 he founded Cobra Beer, realising his ambition to develop a premium lager to complement Indian cuisine. Following on from this he then extended into other markets with the launch of General Bilimoria Wines in 1999, and by founding Tandoori Magazine. In 2005, he became, and still is, Chancellor of Thames Valley University — the UK’s youngest university chancellor at the time. For his achievements in business and as an entrepreneur he has been presented with numerous awards including the CBE in 2004 and in 2008 the Pravasi Bharti Samman, by the President of India


Lord Bilimoria shows audiences how the secret behind his success and his business principle has always been very straightforward. He explains how the product always comes first and by striving to be different and better it is possible to change the marketplace and become a brand leader.

 

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