The story of Palm Holdings is a true underdog-to-success journey that spans three continents and three generations. Amar Nath Taneja — the entrepreneur who started it all — ran away from an orphanage in India at age 12. He worked various jobs and eventually moved to Nairobi, Kenya. As a young adult, he opened a small restaurant and gradually purchased the apartment units above his restaurant until he owned the whole building. In 1950, the building became the Taneja family’s first hotel — The Amar Hotel — and his two sons started working in the business.