21st Century Icon Awards honour GFG Alliance global growth

Media release > 26th September, 2018
Photo of Mr & Mrs PK Gupta accepting the 21st Century Icon Award on behalf of Sanjeev Gupta

GFG Alliance Executive Chairman Sanjeev Gupta’s success in building a flagship international metals, industrials, energy and financial services group has been recognised with the title ‘21st Century Icon’ in a prestigious award programme supported by ELITE London Stock Exchange Group.

Sanjeev was named an ‘Icon’ in the ‘Astute Finance and Investments’ category for his relentless pursuit of a strategy to revive metal manufacture and other heavy industry across the developed economies and his embrace of innovation in order to make industry both competitive and sustainable.

The accolade, which also honoured his work in establishing the industry-friendly Wyelands Bank, was announced during the second annual 21st Century Icon Awards Gala Dinner at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower, Knightsbridge, London.

The awards which cover business, the arts, sport, entertainment and technology, have been set up both to celebrate the work of a new generation of high achievers and to provide inspiration to the next generation.

Winners were chosen by a prestigious panel of judges which included Baroness Verma of Leicester, David Sayer, Vice Chairman Financial Services, KPMG, Hugo van Vredenburch, former partner and MD of Goldman Sachs and Denise Lewis the former Olympic heptathlon gold-medallist.

Unable to attend the ceremony due to prior commitments overseas, Sanjeev’s award was accepted on his behalf by his father PK Gupta who received it from leading entrepreneur GP Hinduja, Co-Chairman of the Hinduja Group.

Tarun Ghulati, Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer and Preeti Rana, Founder, Chief Creative Officer, Squared Watermelon Ltd, creators and hosts of these Global Awards said: “Sanjeev Gupta is a trailblazer and a true global Icon. He has been a front runner for many years and an inspiration and role model for the next generation.”

Commenting on the award Sanjeev said: “This is a great honour for all of us in the worldwide GFG family and I’m thrilled for us to be recognised in a programme that specifically sets out to inspire future generations. I received a lot of encouragement as a young man which has definitely been the foundation of my journey. It is now important for me to try to inspire and encourage the next generation of young entrepreneurs.”

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