Biography of GR Gopinath
Captain GR Gopinath Biography
Captain G. R. Gopinath ( Kannada ) is a pioneer of low cost air travel in India. GR Gopinath is the founder of the low cost airline Air Deccan. Captain G. R. Gopinath is a graduate of the National Defence Academy and has served the Indian Army.
GR Gopinath Personal Life
Captain Gorur Ramaswamy Iyengar Gopinath ( or ‘Gopi’ to his friends ) was born in a Hassan Iyengar family in the remote village of Gorur, Karnataka. Gopinath was educated in a village school and at Sainik School, Bijapur. After school GR Gopinath took a commission in the Indian Army with which Gopinath served for eight years.
Thereafter Gopinath became a farmer who converted barren land in to proper plantation. Next, GR Gopinath started the Malnad Mobikes ( Enfield Dealership ) and opened a hotel in Hasan.
GR Gopinath currently lives in Bangalore with his wife and 2 daughters, Pallavi and Krithika.
In 2009 GR Gopinath stood unsuccessfully as an independent candidate in the Lok Sabha elections.
In 2009 Gopinath started Deccan 360 freight and logistics operation.
GR Gopinath Aviation Career
In 1995, the Indian government started the reforms process by encouraging entrepreneurship. In the next year Gopinath started a private sector commercial helicopter service, Deccan Aviation.
In 2003 Gopinath launched India’s first low – cost airline, Air Deccan which was later purchased and merged into Kingfisher Airlines. His only aim in Deccan was to make the air fares as cheap as he could to make it possible for a common man to fly.
Gopinath Awards & Honors
- 1996 – Rolex awards for Enterprise
- 2005 – Rajyotsava Award ( Karnataka )
- 2007 – Chevalier de la legion d’Honneur ( France )
- Personality of the Decade Award ( K.G. Foundation )
- Sir M Visvesvaraya Memorial Award ( Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce & Industry ).