Qatar-based NRI businessman and philanthropist Padma Shri CK Menon passed away at Apollo hospital in Chennai, aged 70.
Adv. Cheril Krishna Menon, popularly known CK Menon, was the founder and chairman of Qatar-headquartered Behzad group and Vice Chairman of NORKA-ROOTS.
Born to Puliyamkott Narayanan Nair and Cheril Karthyayani Amma in 1949 in Kerala’s Thrissur, Menon had his early education in Thrissur’s CMS School and later at St Thomas College and Sree Kerala Varma College in his home town.
Menon went on to graduate in law from Jabalpur and practiced in Kerala High Court for two years. Then he moved to Qatar in the mid ‘70s.
For more than 35 years, he’s been involved in an array of businesses across the GCC states, UK, Sudan and South America. In an eventful life he built businesses spanning from transport to real estate to restaurants, employing many in the process.
Behzad group’s companies are mainly involved in fuel transportation by land and sea. They also do steel manufacturing, marketing of engineering machinery and equipment and distribution of car accessories among other activities.
Away from the limelight, he generously donated, gave away, lent money to various causes and many struggling expatriates.
Menon was conferred with various Indian government awards such as Padma Shri and Pravasi Bharatiya Samman for his services. In 2012, Doha International Center for Inter-faith Dialogue gave him a special award.