Charan Gill, who arrived in the UK in 1963, worked as a waiter in a restaurant and later went on to own a chain of restaurants in Glasgow, is to be awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Glasgow.
One of Scotland's best known entrepreneurs, Punjab- born Gill, will receive the degree in recognition of the contribution he has made to Glasgow, a university release said.
Charan came to Glasgow with his family in 1963 and worked in the Yarrow's shipbuilders yard before taking a job as a waiter in a restaurant. He then bought a share in the company in 1983 before acquiring it a year later.
Charan then started acquiring restaurants and had a chain of 17 before selling them in 2005 for 17 million pounds to move into other projects including property development and investment.
He also tried his hand at stand-up comedy.
Graham Caie, Clerk of Senate and Vice Principal of the University of Glasgow, said: "The University of Glasgow is delighted to recognise Charan for his contribution to the city. He reinforces the positive contribution that ethnic minorities have made to Glasgow’s economy."
The University is also conferring honorary Doctor of the University degrees on Professor Sir Drummond Bone, Derek Boyd, Donalda McComb, Joy Travers and Dr Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye.
The degrees will be awarded at ceremonies in the Bute Hall at the University of Glasgow in June and July 2010.