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Leicester City Chairman to be awarded honorary degree

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Chairman of Leicester City Football Club Photo: University of Leicester

The University of Leicester is to confer the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws upon the Chairman of Leicester City Football Club.

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who is also the founder of King Power Group, will be awarded his honorary degree by University Chancellor Lord Grocott at the University’s degree ceremony at De Montfort Hall on 22 January.

We are honoured and delighted to welcome Mr Srivaddhanaprabha to the proud worldwide fraternity of University of Leicester alumni.

His contributions to business, sport, and social causes make him truly deserving of his honorary degree and exemplify the ideals to which our graduates aspire.

– Ave Vinick, from the University of Leicester’s Development and Alumni Relations Office
Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha (left) alongside his son and vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha (right) Credit: Joe Giddens / EMPICS Sport

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was a pioneer in an establishment of the duty free business in Thailand and has become one of Thailand’s leading businessmen.

He began his travel retail career in Hong Kong, returning to his native Thailand to open the country’s first downtown duty free shop as a joint venture with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, before expanding the business to Cambodia, Macau and China, as well as Thailand’s international airports.

Leicester's Captain Wes Morgan holds the Sky Bet Championship trophy alongside Nigel Pearson (left) and Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Credit: Nigel French / PA Archive/PA Images

I would like to express my thanks to the University of Leicester for this great honour and to the people of Leicester for the warm welcome they have extended to me, my family and colleagues since King Power first arrived in the city.

I feel very fortunate because I do what I love, so I put love into everything I do.

I came to the football industry with Leicester City because of my love for football and the Club and its fans have already repaid me several times over with their passion and loyalty.

– Mr Srivaddhanaprabha

In addition to his business interests, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has a passion for sport, especially polo and football.

He established an outdoor polo field in Thailand, ranked as one of the top international facilities, and has served as the President of Thailand Polo Association (TPA).

The Leicester City Chairman (l) and Vice-Chairman Credit: Andrew Matthews / PA Archive/PA Images

It is a great privilege to be the Chairman of this great Club and an accepted member of this wonderful community.

What has impressed me the most is the people of Leicester and their united will for us to succeed. My family and I cannot achieve our ambitions for the Club alone, so an honour such as this is as much for the people of Leicester as it is for me.

– Mr Srivaddhanaprabha

In 2010 he acquired Leicester City Football Club and currently serves as the Club’s Chairman.