November 14, 2023 – On November 14, the world bid farewell to a legendary figure in the hospitality industry, Prithvi Raj Singh Oberoi, Chairman Emeritus of The Oberoi Group. Fondly known as “Biki,” Oberoi’s influence stretched far beyond borders, leaving an indelible mark on the global landscape of luxury hospitality.
An Icon’s Departure
In a poignant statement, The Oberoi Group announced the peaceful passing of P.R.S. Oberoi, expressing deep sadness and reflecting on his remarkable legacy. The coming days, the statement promised, would be dedicated to sharing plans to honor and celebrate the extraordinary life of this industry titan.
The Journey of a Visionary
Born on February 3, 1929, in New Delhi, Oberoi, also known as “Biki,” ascended to the helm of The Oberoi Group, a legacy established by his father, Rai Bahadur M.S. Oberoi. His educational journey traversed India, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland, setting the stage for a global leadership role in the hospitality sector.
As Executive Chairman at EIH Limited, the flagship company of The Oberoi Group, and Chairman of Oberoi Hotels Private Limited, Oberoi’s leadership prowess propelled the brand to international acclaim. Oberoi Hotels and Resorts, under his guidance, became synonymous with unparalleled luxury accommodations, defining the standards for the industry.
Awards and Accolades
The accolades showered upon P.R.S. Oberoi are a testament to his extraordinary contributions. In 2008, he was bestowed with the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian honor, acknowledging his exemplary service. His achievements include the Lifetime Achievement Award at ILTM, the ‘Corporate Hotelier of the World’ award from HOTELS magazine USA, and recognition at the International Hotels Investment Forum in Berlin. Forbes India Leadership Awards, Economic Times Awards for Corporate Excellence, CNBC TV 18 India Business Leader Awards, Business India magazine’s Businessman of the Year, and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards further solidify his legacy.
The final chapter of P.R.S. Oberoi’s remarkable journey will unfold at the Bhagwanti Oberoi Charitable Trust, Oberoi Farm, Kapashera, where the cremation ceremony is scheduled to commence at 4 pm on Tuesday. The industry mourns the loss of an icon, and as we bid adieu, we also celebrate the enduring legacy of a man who reshaped the landscape of luxury hospitality.