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Born: Kuala Lumpur, 1964 (Age 50) THE son of an In­dian doc­tor and a Malaysian mother , Fer­nan­des was schooled in Eng­land fr om the age of 12 and grad­u­ated fr om the Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics in 1986. Af­ter a brief spell as an ac­coun­tant, he joined Vir­gin Mu­sic in 1987 as a se­nior fi­nan­cial an­a­lyst.

In 1992, he re­turned to his na­tive Malaysia as man­ag­ing dir ector of Warner Mu­sic Malaysia, be­com­ing vice pr es­i­dent of the com­pany in the late nineties.

In 2001, to­gether with part­ners Dato’ Pa­hamin Re­jab and Dato Aziz Bakar, Fer­nan­des founded Tune Air. In­spired by the suc­cess of Easyjet in Europe, they wanted to of­fer low-cost air travel in Asia.

Us­ing the slo­gan ‘Now Ev­ery­one Can Fly’, they bought the loss­mak­ing AirAsia from its Malaysian owner DRB-Hi­com for 25 cents and within a year had tur n the com­pany round. To date, it has been named the world’s best low-cost air­line five years run­ning.

In sport, Fer­nan­des bought Team Lo­tus in 2010, re­brand­ing in 2012 as Caterham F1. Reg­u­lar back-mark­ers, they have yet to score a point and Fer nan­des has warned he will quit un­less re­sults im­prove in 2014.

Since buy­ing QPR in 2011, Fer­nan­des has spent some £ 50m on trans­fers, over­see­ing Pre­mier League sur­vival in year one but suf­fer­ing rel­e­ga­tion the fol­low­ing sea­son. Now in the Cham­pi­onship play-off fi­nal, he has also un­veiled plans for a new sta­dium com­plex. Named Asian Busi­ness­man of the year in 2010, Fer nan­des has also been awarded the Lé­gion d'Hon­neur in France and a CBE by the Queen.

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