“Curry King” and one of UK’s most inspirational entrepreneurs Lord Gulam Noon dies after battle with cancer

Britain “has lost one of its greatest stars”, says Keith Vaz MP

Britain’s curry king Lord Gulam Noon has died after a battle with cancer.

Lord Noon was an Indian immigrant who came to London with £50 in his pocket and built the £200m Noon Products.

Last year, he won the London Loves Excellence Lifetime Achievement award and gave an inspirational speech about overcoming challenges in life.

He told the audience, “I’ve fought many battles in life since the age of 15, I’m going to fight this one out.”

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In January 2011, Gulam Noon was made a life peer as Baron Noon

In a statement, Labour leader and senior MP Keith Vaz, said that the Indian community “had lost one of its greatest stars”.

Keith Vaz said:

“Today we have lost a giant, not only of the British Asian community, but also of British entrepreneurship. A decent, honourable and generous man, who was dedicated to his family, but also to his country, the United Kingdom.

“Rightly known as Britain’s first ‘Curry King’, he brought curry to the high street. There are thousands of people in Britain, in India and throughout the world who have benefited from his enterprise, jobs he created, and his big heart. The world of cricket will also miss one of its most devoted followers.

“He was the epitome of everything a first generation immigrant can achieve, someone who literally came with nothing, but was also grateful to Britain for giving him the life chances to prove what an extraordinary man he was, whilst never forgetting his roots in India.

“Our community has lost one of its greatest stars.”

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  • A great loss to Indian diaspora. Lord Noon was a great friend of Indian media, Indian businesses & Indian community.

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