Gulamhusein Saboor Chatoor

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Gulamhusein Saboor Chatoor
Town of birth
  • Colombo
Country of birth
  • Sri Lanka
Place of longest stay
  • Colombo
Profession or occupation carriedout for the longest period in life
  • Exporters- Spices
Where-City or Country
  • Sri Lanka
Parents

Born in Colombo

The only Khoja Ismaili to be elected to the position of the Chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (established in 1839) was Mr. Gulamhusein Saboor Chatoor. He was the first minority community (Muslim or Tamil) member and held that prestigious office from 1987 to 1989.

Gulamhusseinbhai operates “Saboor Chatoor and Company”, a family company that has continued for over a 100 years. Initially it was importing commodities from India. With gradual growth over the 1920’s and 30’s, exports to India and European markets commenced. Due to the Second World War, business operations were disrupted. With the war ending in 1945, the company concentrated on the export of spices. By late 1940’s, Saboor Chatoor & Co. became large exporters of all types of agricultural products, especially spices. Today, it is known as Saboor Chatoor (Private) Ltd and operates from its own building and warehouses, appropriately called “Spice House”.