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The Hospitality King; Shiraz Boghani

Shiraz Boghani is one of the most appreciated business leaders in Asia. During the 2016 Asian Business Awards, he scooped the award for best hotelier in Asia due to the success and accomplishments of his enterprise, Splendid Hospitality Group. Shiraz Boghani began his entrepreneurial journey in the hospitality industry three decades ago, and over the years he has grown his portfolio to include 19 hotels across the world. His hunger for success and will to change the hospitality industry has made him one of the most admired entrepreneurs not only in Asia but around the world. As a leader of a respected conglomerate, Shiraz has struck deals that have seen him develop great projects in London and other different parts of the world.

Shiraz Boghani is a trained accountant who moved to the United Kingdom in 1969 from Kenya. He enrolled in a chartered accounting firm for professional training. Immediately after his studies, Shiraz joined Thomson McLintock & Co which later renamed to KPMG, to start his career path as an accountant. The passion that drives him today was acquired during his short stint as an employee. He was keen to ensure that the financial books of his customers were accurate. Shiraz Boghani learned a lot and gained a vast wealth of experience that has had a significant impact on his business acumen.

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Boghani first steps in business began in 1985 when he and other like-minded investors co-founded Sussex Healthcare. Sussex Healthcare is a non-governmental group of facilities that mainly focuses on homes for elderly citizens, people with dementia, persons with neurological disorders, and adults with physical disabilities. The care homes also provide personal care for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and mental diseases. When the facility began, it had only one home, over the years it has grown expeditiously, and it now boasts of over 20 facilities with a capacity of 500 beds. Shiraz Boghani has recently made a significant investment in the city of London. He was involved in the just concluded Hilton London Bankside Hotel constructed at the cost of £121 million.

Apart from being a serial entrepreneur, Shiraz Boghani is also an avid philanthropist involved in various humanitarian initiatives around the world. He is among the many financiers of the Aga Khan Development Network and the Aga Khan Foundation that is actively engaged in bettering education and health. His dedication to helping others overcome the many challenges facing the world is what drives him to work each day.

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