Sunny Varkey, GEMS

SV-ddSunny Varkey is the epitome of a self-made man. His education group, GEMS, has morphed from a single Indian primary school to the biggest provider of K12 education in the world. Under Varkey’s steer, Global Education Management Systems (GEMS) today teaches 100,000 students in 100 schools across 11 countries.

Varkey’s interests don’t end with education. The casino internet Dubai-based entrepreneur has fingers in a number of pies, including construction and healthcare.

Varkey was rated the most powerful expatriate in the Gulf’s education sector. Varkey has been equally lauded in India for his achievements. In 2009, he was awarded the ‘Padma Shri’ in recognition of his contribution to education and social services.

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