Indian hospitality legend PR S Oberoi, Chairman Emeritus of the Oberoi Group passes away

New Delhi: The leading light of Indian hospitality – Prithvi Raj Singh Oberoi – passed away on Tuesday morning. Chairman Emeritus of the Oberoi Group, “Biki” (94), as he was popularly known, had stepped down as executive chairman of EIH Ltd and EIH Associated Hotels Ltd last May.

Son of the group’s founder, late Rai Bahadur M S Oberoi, he was among the luminaries who put Indian hospitality on the world map where it is now considered one of the best. Many leading hoteliers have graduated from The Oberoi Center of Learning and Development, which he established in 1967, and now hold top positions in the industry and some have even established their own brands.

In a statement, his son and nephew Vikram and Arjun Oberoi said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful demise of PR S Oberoi today (November 14). A towering figure in the hospitality industry, Oberoi’s legacy has transcended boundaries and left an indelible mark on the global landscape.

A visionary leader, (his) unwavering dedication and pursuit of excellence have brought the Oberoi Group international renown. “His influence extended far beyond corporate success, touching the lives of countless hoteliers through mentorship and commitment to unparalleled standards.”

Carrying forward the legacy of founder M S Oberoi, “Biki” ensured that the group set new benchmarks for Indian hospitality in terms of quality. However, his impact reached far beyond business achievements, as he fostered a corporate culture rooted in compassion, integrity and genuine care for every member of our organization.

As we mourn the loss of a true icon, we also aim to celebrate. PR S Oberoi leaves behind an extraordinary legacy. In the coming days, we will share details of our plans to honor and remember him,” the statement said.

Educated in India, Britain and Switzerland, Biki has received several awards, including the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian honour, in 2008.

His attention to detail was legendary. While the group has three brands – Vilas (uber luxury), Oberoi (luxury) and Trident – they have similar levels of service and personalisation.