The CEO of Reckitt Benckiser, who has led his company to unprecedented levels of growth, scooped the top accolade at the GG2 Leadership Awards.
Rakesh Kapoor is one of just two Asian CEOs of FTSE (Footsie) 100 companies. Reckitt Benckiser is one of the world’s biggest companies with operations in over 60 countries.
The leader who inspires a culture of entrepreneurship and achievement was handed the GG2 Hammer Award at the glittering ceremony in London on Wednesday (21) in recognition of his achievements.
There were a total of 11 gongs which were distributed to high achievers in their community. Chief Guest Justice secretary Michael Gove said the British Asian community had “grown in so many ways” and “in many walks of life.”
“The way which the British Asian community has changed over time, and grown in so many ways that benefit all of us who are citizens of this great United Kingdom, is fantastic,” he told the audience.
“It’s fantastic that’s so much wealth, so many jobs, so much opportunity is created by British business men and woman.
“As well those with many business success stories there are many other realms of British Asian success, one which is inescapable in politics as we’ve heard. We have Sajid Javid an Industry secretary, and also like my colleague Priti Patel who are in the cabinet by merit.
“As we celebrate those whose influence has done so much good in so many areas lets thanks ourselves in the next five, 10 and 15 years to say, for British Asian sons and daughters, there truly are no limits.”
The prestigious event which was hosted by the Asian Media and Marketing Group (AMG), also saw employment minister Priti Patel honoured with the GG2 Woman of the Year award.
Lord Kamlesh Patel of Bradford, a Labour peer who produced one of the most influential reports on the prison service, was recognised as the Man of the Year.
He was recently appointed the first Asian director of the English Cricket Board.
Other leaders in their field who were awarded on the night included Polly Harrar who set up the Sharan Project, and is one of the country’s leading authorities on forced marriages, honour abuse and conflict within families.
She picked up the Spirit in the Community award and Dr Gaurav Atreja, a consultant neonatologist at Imperial College Healthcare Trust, received the Pride of Britain award. He was the first doctor to successfully transplant an organ from a six-day old baby who died, into two very sick patients.
The medical breakthrough enabled Dr Atreja to pioneer the technique and carry out the first ever neonatal transplant in the UK.
Justice secretary Michael Gove launched the fifth edition of the GG2 Power 101 during the prestigious event which was held at the Park Plaza Hotel. The list ranks the top 101 most influential Asians in the UK.
Culture secretary Sajid Javid, who gave up a glittering career in the City for politics was named Britain’s most powerful Asian for the second year running.
The Hinduja brothers Srichand, Gopichand, Prakash and Ashok, who have an estimated wealth of £15.5 billion ranked second on the list.
Kalpesh Solanki, group managing editor of AMG said: “We celebrate and recognise achievement of exceptional individuals who have excelled and broken through barriers.
“Their triumph through adversity makes them remarkable people who deserve to be recognised. We planted a seed to bring people of power and influence together and celebrate diversity 17 years ago. From that humble beginning this seed has grown strong roots that today we can be proud to welcome some of the most powerful and influential people from across the country. “
Guests dug deep for the charity appeal which helps disabled and the homeless.
The full list of winners:
GG2 Spirit in the Community Award: Sponsored by : Royal Navy
Awarded to an individual or organisation for outstanding work in the community
Polly Harrar, Founder, The Sharan Project
GG2 Young Journalist of the Year Award: Sponsored by : Daily Mail
Awarded for outstanding work in the media
Sandy Rashty, Editor, Business and Movers and Shakers, The Jewish Chronicle
GG2 Media & Creative Arts Award: Sponsored by : Hearst Magazines UK
Awarded for exemplary achievement in the creative industry
Asif Kapadia, Filmmaker, On The Corner
GG2 World Food Award: Sponsored by : Waitrose
Presented to an individual who has shown exceptional creativity and flair in the promotion and development of world food
Kwai Tsun Stanley Tse, Chairman,
SeeWoo Foods Limited
GG2 Inspire Award: Sponsored by AMG
Presented to an individual or organisation for outstanding work in the community, which has served to inspire young people
Mohammed Zafran, Director, All 4 Youth & Community
GG2 Achievement through Adversity Award: Sponsored by HT & Co Drinks Ltd
Awarded to an individual who has reached a high level of attainment through difficult circumstances
Naz Shah, Member of Parliament, House of Commons
GG2 Pride of Britain Award: Sponsored by Sun Mark Limited
Awarded to an individual for their outstanding contribution to society
Dr Gaurav Atreja, consultant Neonatologist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
GG2 Editor’s Award: Sponsored by AMG
Seema Jaya Sharma
GG2 Woman of the Year: Sponsored by Sun & Sand
Awarded to an individual for consistent high achievement.
The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions
GG2 Man of the Year: Sponsored by Karali Limited
Awarded to an individual for consistent high achievement
Lord Kamlesh Patel of Bradford, House of Lords
GG2 Hammer Award: Sponsored by Shanti HospitalityAwarded to an individual who has broken through the glass ceiling
Rakesh Kapoor, Chief Executive Officer, RB