The son of Sir Sultan and Lady Sherbanoo, Mr. Amir. S. Chinoy was born in Bombay on 21st September 1921. He migrated to Pakistan in 1948, shortly after his marriage to Almas, daughter of Colonel and Mrs. Munawar Khan Afridi, on 9th February 1947.
He played a pioneering role in the industrialization of Pakistan by introducing and establishing concerns in heavy chemicals (Pak Chemical Limited), electrical cables (Pakistan Cables Limited) and galvanized steel pipes (International Industries Limited). His commercial interests also extended to trading (representing major European and American companies), contracting and distribution.
As an active educationist, he played a leading role in establishing the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi and was a Trustee of the Aga Khan University Hospital Foundation, the Aga Khan Central Education Board, in addition to being the Founding President of the Management Association of Pakistan (MAP). He was appointed as the Honorary Consul General of Greece in 1968, and dealt with this prestigious appointment with great honor and dignity. As a result of his efforts and commitment, he was awarded the ‘ORDER OF THE PHOENIX OF GREECE’ in 1989, one of the highest honors bestowed upon honorary persons.
As a prominent member of the Ismaili community, he was bestowed with the title of Vazir. He held numerous offices including,Trustee of Aga Khan University Hospital Foundation, Director and Trustee of the Aga Khan Central Education Board, Director and Trustee of Aga Khan Health Services and Chairman of Aga Khan Conciliation and Arbitration Board.
Mr. Amir S. Chinoy was president of Sind Club (1973 ~ 75), Rotary Club (1968 ~ 69) and Steward of the Karachi and Lahore Race Clubs. His social gaming interests made him an enthusiastic bridge player. A lover of horses, he successfully owned and bred several winning horses of Pakistan Classics including Derby, Oaks and Quaid-e-Azam Gold Cup races.
In his lifetime, he was the unifying force of the scattered Chinoy family. His book “The Chinoys - a biographical sketch of the family” was a major accomplishment, signifying his position as the life and soul of the family, as well as making the family aware of its heritage.
He passed away peacefully on 23rd Ramazan 1418 A.H. (22nd January 1998) after a brief illness, leaving behind his beloved wife Almas, sons Mustapha and Kamal, daughters Farhana and Saadia and 13 grand children.