Bicky Chakraborty's passing resonates far beyond our industry and well beyond the close-knit circle that knew him. Bicky was a summer host on Swedish Radio in 2007, received the Albert Bonnier Award for Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008, and in the same year, he was honored with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman – the Indian President's Medal for meritorious service abroad. He was also a recipient of both the Royal Patriotic Society's Business Medal and His Majesty the King's Medal in the 12th size.
Bicky's dedication, passion for his fellow humans, and immense heart were evident, especially in his philanthropic endeavors. He served on the boards of Stockholm City Mission and Drottningholm Theatre, sponsored the August Prize for many years, and was a long-term supporter of entrepreneurship at KTH. His longstanding involvement in Swedish Tennis is well-known, and his philanthropy extended internationally, including the construction of two hospitals in India and sponsorship of clean water projects in Vietnam.
Bicky had a very long-term perspective on his business. He often spoke of his hundred-year view. Elite Hotels of Sweden was his life's work, not a venture to be quickly built up or sold off. His daughter, Caroline Chakraborty, has served on Elite Hotels' board for over 15 years and has been actively involved in the company's development for a long time. She will continue to own and lead Elite Hotels in Bicky's spirit.
Bicky Chakraborty was a man with a big heart. He was a family man with a sense of what mattered most in life. Our thoughts and support are now with the Chakraborty family - primarily with his wife Ylva and daughter Caroline, along with her husband Paolo and their three grandchildren.
In sorrow, Elite Hotels of Sweden.
Read the full press release here (Swedish).