AN entrepreneur from Blackburn has been named as one of the richest Asian people in the country.
Zuber Issa, co-founder of petrol station giant Euro Garages, has amassed a fortune valued at £86million since he, and his brother Mohsin, bought a single dilapidated forecourt in Bury in 2001. Mr Issa, the son of immigrants who moved to Blackburn in the 60s, is the third richest Asian man in the North West, and 51st nationally, down one place from last year, according to the Asian Rich List, compiled by the Asian Media and Marketing Group.
East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce chief executive Michael Damms, said the businessman is proof that anything can be achieved in Blackburn.
He said: “Mr Issa and his family are an inspiration to everybody in the town. This is a man who has brought wealth back to the area and proves anything can be done if you have the heart, and the mind, for it.
“He and his family have built an empire from nothing, and continue to give back to the community, through providing jobs to those who are deprived and have few qualifications.”
Euro Garage’s annual turnover is in excess of £305million and they currently employ more than 1,000 staff members.
The North West’s number one richest Asian people are Simon, Bobby and Robin Arora, from Manchester, who own discount store giant B&M and have a net worth of £1.2billion. Nationally, the Hindujas brothers Gopichand and Srichand, who run the conglomerate Hinduja Group, were named the richest, with a fortune valued at £12,500,000.