Karan Bilimoria, Baron Bilimoria
Karan Faridoon Bilimoria, Baron Bilimoria, CBE, DL (born 26 November 1961) is an entrepreneur and a life peer. He is best known as the founder and chief executive of Cobra Beer.
Bilimoria was born in Hyderabad, India. He received the Bachelor of Commerce degree from Osmania University in 1981. After working as a chartered accountant for Ernst & Young, he studied for a Bachelor of Arts degree in law at Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge.
He founded Cobra Beer in 1989, aiming to create a less gassy lager more suitable for drinking with curry and other foods. In 1999, the company diversified into wine, and as of 2006 has a turnover of £96 million at retail value. He received the CBE in 2004 for services to business.
In 2005, he became Chancellor of Thames Valley University — the United Kingdom‘s youngest university chancellor at the time.
In 2006, he was chosen as a cross-bench life peer with the title Baron Bilimoria, of Chelsea in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea by the House of Lords Appointments Commission, becoming the first-ever Parsi in the House of Lords.