|Biographical detail : ||Indian born Curry King of Britain.
An entrepreneur, Sir Gulam arrived in Britain with comparatively little. Developed a highly successful business, unashamedly enjoyed the social, political and particularly royal contacts that his success brought, and ended up, finally, in the House of Lords.
Sir Gulam’s ready-made meals business, established in 1989, supplies to major supermarkets in the UK and continental Europe produces more than 1m meals a week, soon going up to 1.5m meals a week, and employing about 1,250 people. He popularised chicken tikka masala and the spicy snack known as Bombay mix.
Noon’s company diversified into Chinese, Thai and Mexican offerings, mostly under supermarket private label brands.
Beyond cuisine, Noon’s contribution to his adoptive country involved the establishment 20 years ago of a charitable foundation, which he endowed with £4m.
His 2008 memoir – Noon with a View – spoke of a wish to make a difference to lives even though “anything I do through the foundation is just a drop in the huge ocean of suffering.”
He was awarded a Knighthood in 2002. He became the first non-white, in 126 years, president of the London Chamber of Commerce.
In one of his hobbies, his six-figure donation went to Norwich FC and to create an India room at the Oval cricket ground.
Gulam Kaderbhoy Noon was born in Bombay into a family whose business was selling sweets. He started working since the age of 17.