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Patel: Britain's richest family

Is your surname Patel? Congratulations - you are officially more likely to be a multi-millionaire than anyone else in the country. And if you aren't yet wealthy, you're likely to become so. So what is it about this lot that makes them so much more successful than the rest of us?

For many, the name Patel is synonymous with the corner shop, that emergency port of call that has saved many a person's bacon when the supermarket is shut. But forget Patel the shopkeeper, and step forward Patel the self-made millionaire. For if your surname is Patel, you are seven times more likely to be a multi-millionaire than if your name is Smith.

Dr Philip Beresford, who compiles the annual Rich List, has 37 Patels and 50 Smiths on his database of millionaires worth over £5m. However, there are only around 36,000 Patels compared to 360,000 Smiths on the electoral register.

As well as the 37 multi-millionaires, Dr Beresford says there are also around 500 Patel millionaires in Britain. Not that it came as any surprise to him. "In fact, I think there should be more. It's just my inability to find them and put a value on them," he says.

What does he put their success down to? "Hard work, strong family solidarity, extraordinary determination, ambition to do well that goes from one generation to the other, and belief in education."

According to CB Patel, editor and publisher of the weekly newspaper the Gujarat Samachar/Asian Voice, there are, in fact, around 207,000 Patels in Britain.

Their original homeland is the north-west Indian state of Gujarat, where they settled after migrating from Punjab in 1139AD. Towards the end of the 17th century they acquired land rights and were given the title Patel (meaning landowner). By the mid-19th century further migration had taken them to other parts of India, Fiji, South Africa, the Caribbean, Britain and several of its colonies. Thousands more Patels arrived in Britain in the Seventies from Uganda when Idi Amin ejected all Asians.

The name Patel is now the 24th most common in Britain. The community even produces its own telephone directory.

Leva Patels are direct descendants of Lord Ram via son Luv!
by ladyella May 27, 2008
 
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- A common Indian last name, like Smith or Jones

- Theres a 95% chance the Patel you know is rich, if he isn't he owns a shop or a subway - Indians are the wealthiest group of people in America, they have a median income $20,000 higher than the median white income

- Almost always ridiculously smart

- Might own a motel
Look there goes another Dr Patel in his Bentley
by NYCMAN October 21, 2009
 
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A person who goes to a store and asks for a discount on an already discounted item
Yo Vlad, you see that "Patel" over there? Give him that 2% discount and call it a day.
by James Werdsbond July 15, 2010
 
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short-hand for the incredible store "Patel Brothers" which showcases free mango juices on Tuesdays.

*Do not go into the back...
Man, did you see that crazy half-price sale at Patel Brothers?
by Djinters January 20, 2010
 
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of Indian origin, lower-class motel owners who are uneducated, those that give other Indian people a bad reputation, classless, and very uncultured; makes other Indian people embarrassed
Indian 1: Did you see all those Patels?

Indian 2: Yeah, those people are nasty - living in those roach motels and proud of their ignorance.
by Roachmotel skank September 30, 2012
 
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Term in the car bussiness describing all people from the middle east. Also least favorite type of people to work with due to the fact that you cant make any commision on them. No matter what the price is, its to high
So how did you do with your deal Bill
Are you kidding I had a Patel I worked for free today
by Honda14 September 26, 2009
 
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An Indian who has lived in America for the majority of their life but has still managed to maintain a terrible Indian accent. They frequently call people who annoy them "hoes" or "hoebag". They don't wear their heart on their sleeves but on their face, as demostrated by their vivid facial expressions.
"Hey, what did that Patel say to you?"

"That damn biznatch said, 'Ya hoe!' just because I asked if she straightened her hair"
by Ms. Sondak February 25, 2009
 
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-One who stinks of curry. –One who wear flip flops with snow on the ground. –One who wipes their butt with their hand then uses a mug to wash their hand… -One who feet are crusted over like a baked apple pie. –One who wants drive out best price and think they deserve it even though now one else in America can get that price…
What is that horrific smell, oh wait it’s just that Patel over there.
by FruitTruth February 03, 2010