Born in Uganda, Mike moved to England with his family when he was eight years old, after the dictator Idi Amin deported anyone of Indian decent. Growing up, he was a soccer enthusiast and played professional soccer for the English Premier League for club teams, Crystal Palace and Southhampton. In 1981, Mike moved to the United States to play for the Atlanta Chiefs. When the league folded, he purchased his first hotel in the mid 80s. Mike is a graduate of the London Business School.
Mike Patel is now a prominent hotelier and real estate developer who is also one of the founding members for AAHOA and involved in various social and charitable organizations.
Scaling Greater Heights for Universal Welfare
It takes great efforts to do good for the world. However, for many, this may be one of the things to do in life and for some, it happens naturally. Mike Patel, the famous hotelier, and the proud recipient of “Ellis Island Medal Of Honor” in 2008 is a benevolent visionary.
His Work: Mike Patel is one of those few Asian Americans, who has made a mark in the business world as well as in charity too with equal if not more aplomb. This is what makes him so special. He is currently working closely with “Realizing the Dream Inc.” We got to see a glimpse of his inclination towards working for humanity when he joined the team of Bill Clinton and accompanied him to the earth-quake affected state of Gujarat. Right from then, his mission has been to touch as many lives with good work.
His Future-Plan: Constantly on his toes, he is working towards the general welfare of the populace worldwide. His work has already taken him to fifty countries and more and that just shows the number of lives he has touched. His focus is currently to bring about more importance to education and healthcare.
"Recently, Mr. Patel was named recipient of the 2007 Award for International Cooperation between the United States and the United Kingdom. The award was presented by British Prime Minister Tony Blair during a dinner celebration in London on Wednesday, June 20. Mr. Patel was commended for his commitment to improve relations among ethnic communities around the world."