Kushal Pal Singh
Award Name : Padma Bhushan
Year of Award : 2010
Award for : Business & management
Location : Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, India
Kushal Pal Singh Teotia or K.P. Singh is an Indian real estate developer and the chairman and CEO of real estate developer DLF Limited, founded by his father-in-law Chaudhary Raghvendra Singh. He was born on 15 November 1931 in Bulandshahar, United Provinces, British India. After graduating in Science from Meerut College, he went to UK to study Aeronautical Engineering. While pursuing engineering in UK, K.P. Singh was selected to the prestigious Indian Army, by British Officers Services Selection Board, UK. He joined the Indian Military Academy at Dehradun and was later on commissioned into The Deccan Horse-a renowned cavalry regiment of The Indian Army. In 1960, K.P. Singh joined American Universal Electric Company, a joint venture between Universal Electric Company of Owosso, Michigan and his family. Thereafter, K.P. Singh promoted another company, i.e. Willard India Limited in collaboration with ESB inc of Philadelphia for manufacturing automatic and industrial batteries in India and became its Managing Director.
In 1979, K.P. Singh joined DLF Universal Limited. When American Universal Company merged with DLF Universal Limited, K.P. Singh became the Managing Director of the new company. K.P. Singh had the vision to buy land in Gurgaon, which was then a barren village on the outskirts of Delhi. He had the foresight to saw the untapped potential of the place and today Gurgaon is one of the real-estate hotspots of the country. Presently, DLF has 100 million square feet under development in residential, commercial and retail projects all over the country. In 2010, he was received the Padma Bhushan Award.