Sitting in his huge suite in a Delhi 7-star hotel, Chatwal also speaks about his relationship with former US president Bill Clinton and says it was this relationship which brought 'India and America very close'.
He also adds that he "spent tonnes of money, time and effort to make sure that the (Indo-US) nuclear deal goes through."
For a man from a small city in Punjab, Chatwal's rise has been meteoric.
In 1967, he left India for Ethiopia.
That's where Vikram was born.
Then in early 1970, he left Ethiopia for Montreal where he set up his first hotel, Bombay Palace.
As he expanded his business, he also made inroads into American politics.
"I used to spend money on senators and Congressmen," he says. "Then one morning I thought, there are 500 Congressmen and 100 senators; I should really invest in the future president of the United States. So, in 1988 I invested money in Dukakis [Democratic presidential nominee Michael Stanley Dukakis]. He was supposed to be the president but he lost by a few votes. I next started betting on various presidents. I happened to click with Clinton, not thinking that he would be president."
Vikram once said that in the early '90s, his father went bankrupt and had to rebuild from scratch - and he made enough money to pump into the Clintons' election campaigns.
When Clinton came to India in March 2000, Chatwal accompanied him.
"I came with him in Air Force One."
The three times Hillary Clinton visited India - as first lady, then Senator and Secretary of State - Chatwal was again in the picture.
"And, of course, I came with President Obama," he says.
He also takes credit for the bhangra performed in the White House for the first time in Manmohan Singh's honour at Obama's first state dinner.
Image: US Senator Chris Dodd seen sharing a laugh with Sant Chatwal at the Rockfeller Center shortly before the start of a luncheon speech honoring India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on November 24, 2009 inside the Benjamin Franklin room of the US State Department in Washington, DC.