Home   »   Sunil Bharti Mittal Awarded Honorary Knighthood

Sunil Bharti Mittal Awarded Honorary Knighthood

Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and founder of Bharti Enterprises, has been conferred with an honorary Knighthood by Britain’s King Charles III. He becomes the first Indian citizen to receive this prestigious honour, recognized for his contributions to UK-India business relations.

Key Points

Honorary Knighthood

  • Sunil Bharti Mittal received a Knighthood of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE), one of the highest honours bestowed by the British monarch.
  • The award acknowledges Mittal’s significant role in fostering business relations between the UK and India.

Deep Humility

  • Mittal expressed his deep humility in response to the gracious recognition from King Charles III, emphasizing the importance of strengthening ties between the two nations.

Previous Recipients

  • Other notable Indian recipients of the Honorary KBE include Ratan Tata, Ravi Shankar, and Jamshed Irani, bestowed by the late Queen Elizabeth II.

Investiture Ceremony

  • The British High Commissioner to India will conduct an investiture ceremony at a later date, formally presenting the royal insignia to Mittal.

Contributions to UK-India Relations

  • Bharti Enterprises has made significant contributions within the India-UK space, particularly in satellite technology and broadband services.
  • Mittal’s leadership in reviving OneWeb (now Eutelsat) and collaborating with the UK government highlights his commitment to global satellite broadband services.

Academic and Institutional Connections

  • Mittal’s strong connections with the UK include honorary doctorates from Newcastle University and the University of Leeds, as well as involvement with prestigious institutions like the University of Cambridge, London Business School (LBS), and London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Business Achievements

  • Airtel Africa, a subsidiary of Bharti Enterprises, was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2019, becoming a constituent of the FTSE100 Index.

Sunil Bharti Mittal Awarded Honorary Knighthood_4.1

Amit Shah Inaugurates Swaminarayan Institute of Medical Science and Research in Gujarat_90.1