Amit Bhatia began his career working in mergers and acquisitions at Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch in New York before moving to Credit Suisse First Boston in London. He then incubated Swordfish Investments, a Mayfair-based private equity/venture fund, and Swordfish Capital Management, an investment management company. Investments included education, media, telecoms, financial services, technology, consumer goods and real estate. One of Swordfish’s investments, Supercell, was named in October 2013 the fastest growing gaming company in the world, with $2.5 million sales per day. The Finnish startup raised $130m at an impressive $770m valuation in spring 2013 before selling a 50% stake to Softbank at a $3 billion value. Bhatia was also an early investor in Dropbox.
His family are a co-owner of Air Asia India with Tony Fernandes and Ratan Tata.
Bhatia was the Chairman of Hope Construction Materials, the UK’s largest independent supplier of concrete, cement, aggregates and asphalt. The company was launched in January 2013 after the divestment of 200 sites by two of the UK’s biggest building materials companies, Tarmac Group and Lafarge. Hope’s assets include the largest cement works in the UK at Hope Valley in Derbyshire, 172 ready-mix plants, 4 rail heads, 5 major quarries, 7 national offices, a fleet of over 400 vehicles and over 900 employees. The company is the UK’s first construction firm to join the World Economic Forum’s Global Growth Companies (GGC) community and one of just two European construction firms to meet membership criteria.
In August 2016, Bhatia sold Hope to the Breedon Aggregates, making the newly formed Breedon Group the UK’s largest independent construction materials group. Bhatia remains on the board of the enlarged Breedon Group and is a substantial shareholder of the company.