Mr. Raminder ‘Rami’ Singh Ranger was recently awarded the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) from the Queen. He has won the Queen's Enterprise awards for the five consecutive years in the past.
He is chairman of Sun Mark Ltd. and also oversees sister firm Sea Air and Land Forwarding Ltd, a 160-million- pound-a-year FMCG operation. Having started his first company with just 2 pounds and a typewriter in 1987, Rami have come a long way from his poverty-laden childhood.
He was born in modern day Pakistan and the family later immigrated to India. His father was assassinated during the journey and was brought up single headedly by his mother. He immigrated to England in 1971 and fought his way up.
He also authored 'From Nothing to Everything', which describes his rags to riches story from his birth in Gujranwala, in modern day Pakistan, before his family made the journey to India during Partition to his life in Britain.
"My story shows that one does not need a rich father, an elite education or the old schoolboy network to help one in life. What one needs is self-respect, ethics, commitment and empathy for others," Ranger has said in his book.
Ranger is also chairman of the British-Sikh Association and patron of Princes Charles' charity, Prince's Trust, and the Gandhi Statue Memorial Trust, formed to raise funds for the Mahatma Gandhi statue at Parliament Square unveiled last year. He has also donated 250,000 pounds to the London Southbank University to help graduates engage with business.