Lala Harkishan Lal - One Of The Early Entrepreneurs Of Lahore

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Lala Harkishan Lal (13 April 1864 - 13 Febraury 1937), one of the early entrepreneurs of Lahore - One of the founders of Punjab National Bank in 1884, and Lahore Electric Supply Company, Harkishan Lal’s financial empire grew to include banks, insurance companies, real estate and  et up numerous industries in Lahore like flour mills, brick kilns, soap-making, ice factories, cotton-weaving mills and saw-mills. 

He was born into a poor family of Khatris from Layyah. He was educated in Lahore and then at Cambridge University. Lal returned to India after finishing his studies and taught at Government College Lahore for a while, but he was an entrepreneur at heart and he floated several financial companies to provide capital to indigenous industries. 

He lived in a palatial Victorian bungalow in Lahore (presently Fatima Jinnah Medical College).