Swaraj Paul Biography
Swaraj Paul is a Britain-based business tycoon and philanthropist. Born in Jalandhar, Punjab in 1931, he did his education at the Punjab University, before obtaining a Masters degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States. After his return to India, he joined the Apeejay Group, founded by his father.
He had to visit London to get his daughter treated for leukaemia, but could not save his daughter. Overcome with grief, he resorted to meditation.
He relocated permanently to London in 1966 and renamed the company as Caparo from the earlier name of Apeejay, after the partition of the family business assets.
The Caparo group went from strength to strength and turned into one of UK’s leading producers of welded steel tubes and spiral welded pipes. Today, the Caparo Group is one of Britain’s largest family-owned companies.
One of the richest persons in Britain, he was knighted by the Queen in 1978. The year 1996 saw him become a life peer, a member of the House of Lords, taking the title Baron Paul of Marylebone in the City of Westminster.
Among the many other awards and adulations, he has received in India and abroad, mention may be made of the Padma Bhushan in 1983, the Pro-Chancellorship of the Thames University in 1998 and its Governorship between1992 and 1997.
Lord Paul has been nominated as the chairman of the Olympic Delivery Committee, entrusted with taking measures to acquire land and provide infrastructure for the London Olympics in 2012.