AMIT BHATIA wears several hats of varied hues. His interests span across sectors such as finance, construction, property and sports.
The 42-year-old has made a mark in each of his business forays, including some remarkable successes, well enough to prove to us that family ties need not be that important to define him.
For, family privilege is something that won’t escape any discussion of Bhatia, the scion of a wealthy Delhi real estate clan and son-in-law of billionaire steel tycoon Lakhsmi Mittal. To Bhatia, however, this personal note is not as important as football and certainly, not as important as the investor that he has become.
Crazy for football, he bought a stake in Queens Park Rangers football club in 2007, and has since served as the club’s vice-chairman except for a brief interlude in 2011.
A consistent presence around the club over recent years, he was named chairman in August 2018 when Malaysian businessmen Tony Fernandes and Ruben Gnanalingam decided to step down in favour of a London-based boss.
Since assuming the mantle, Bhatia has been able to solve the vexed issue of a training ground for the club. While they have got the all-clear from the Supreme Court in the long-running legal battle around the redevelopment of Warren Farm site in Southall, the club dropped the plans for a training ground there in May 2020, and instead, decided to develop the site into a community sports centre.
Two months later, QPR announced the acquisition of the freehold of the Heston site of Imperial College. The site, which is currently used by the club’s academy, will become the future home of the club’s new training ground.
One of Bhatia’s great entrepreneurial successes has been Hope Construction Materials, which was the UK’s largest independent building materials business when it was