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Uploaded on Oct 21, 2011

London Mayor Boris Johnson met Lakshmi Mittal, chairman and CEO of steel company ArcelorMittal, by chance in a cloakroom at the World Economic Forum Summit in Davos, Switzerland in 2009. Knowing that India-born Lakshmi Mittal had adopted London as his home, the Mayor told him about his vision for an iconic landmark to commemorate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Lakshmi Mittal offered to donate the steel to build the landmark and so, in that 45-second chance conversation, the ambitious plan to build the ArcelorMittal Orbit was agreed.

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