Surinder Arora is the owner and chairman of Arora International Hotels.
After moving to England aged 13, Arora began working in a number of hotels and restaurants. After saving some money, he managed to buy a row of houses opposite Heathrow with his family and saw the opportunity to turn them into bed and breakfast accommodation for flight crews.
In 1999 construction finished on his first hotel and within three months of it opening hotels number two and three were being built.
The firm now owns sixteen hotels, a golf course and a private airfield and counts singer Cliff Richard as a business partners and best friend, and as of 2013 had earned Arora close to £350 million.
Letter to the Telegraph
On 1 April 2015 Arora was one of 103 business leaders who wrote to the Telegraph praising the British Conservative Party's economic policies and claiming a Labour government would 'threaten jobs and deter investment' in the UK.
Arora was once described as a big fan of Tony Blair, with the exception of the Iraq war, however has since switched allegiances by signing the Conservative Business Letter and has been a member of the Business Advisory Group.
- Shruti Tripathi Chopra Meet Surinder Arora, the £356m London hotelier you’ve never heard of London Loves Business, 11 June 2013, accessed 1 April 2015
- Peter Dominiczak, 100 business chiefs: Labour threatens Britain's recovery, Telegraph, 1 April 2015.
- Emily Gosden The signatories - Labour defectors, the retailers, the FTSE 100 bosses Telegraph, 31 March 2015, accessed 8 April 2015.
- KPMG The Board of Trustees, accessed 1 April 2015