No.16 Al Bhakta
CEO, Genghis Grill Concepts
Bhakta put in $4,200 in 1998 with a close friend to launch The Chalak Group, a Dallasbased investment firm that acquires and develops restaurant properties. In 2004, the group acquired Genghis Grill after he perceived the potential market for ethnic fare. Since then, the chain has grown to more than 80 units. Along the way, Bhakta's group invested in a hotel chain in South Africa, a frozen yogurt concept, an Asian
bistro and several Yum! Brands franchises. Not all of the investments have turned out well, but because of the strength of Genghis Grill, we say who needs Genghis Kahn when we have Genghis Can?