Source: Me Next Magazine-Rajasthan Patrika (04-May-2019)
Many of you Already heard of story of G. Ramesh Babu, a barber who started his business in 1994 with one Maruti van bought from his savings and Now a Billionaire ( owner of 200 Luxury cars).Sharing this inspirational story of Ramesh Babu Who still prefers to cut hair so that he never forgets his humble beginnings.On most of the days, Ramesh comes to his workplace driving a Rs 3.1 crore Rolls Royce Ghost.This is the amazing rags-to-riches story of Ramesh Babu who made it big in this cut-throat world all on the dint of his honesty, hard work, humility and some foresight.He got 75 luxury cars on the fleet– a range of Mercedes, BMW’s, Audi’s, five and ten seater luxury vans and, his ultimate pride, a Rolls Royce and his business clients range from politicians to Bollywood actors such as Salman Khan, Aamir Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.The lowest rent for a car that he lets out is ₹1,000 per day and the highest goes up to ₹50,000.Life wasn’t always hunky dory for this man. He was only 7 years old when his father, P Gopal, a barber in Bengaluru, died. All he left behind was a barber shop: little did he know that his son would become a billionaire even before he turned 40.With her husband no more, Ramesh Babu’s mother had to work as a cook to help feed her children, get them a semblance of an education and help them have a shot at life.
Since she couldn’t run the barber shop, she rented it out for Rs 5 a day.“We grew up on one meal a day,” says Ramesh Babu, in between giving instructions to his staff and answering his mobile phone.As he grew older, his sense of responsibility tugged at him and he couldn’t quite decide if he should study further or start working to support his mother and the family income.However, upon his mother’s insistence, he resolved study up to the pre-university level and then obtained a diploma in electronics. All this while, his father’s shop was still being rented out for meagre amounts.He then decided to run it himself and in 1989, he began working at the salon that had first been established by his grandfather. Working at the shop which he later named as Inner Space, he always dreamt of owning a car. So he purchased a Maruti Omni and started renting it out. What began as a passion soon translated into an enormously successful car-rental business.In 2004, he got into the luxury car rental and self-drive business after the government opened up the tourism sector. Ramesh Tours and Travels hasn’t looked back since.“I started with renting out my cars to Intel and to other small clients locally. As it was going well, I took a brave step and bought my first E class Mercedes. This was because at that time there was no taxi rental service which rented out luxury cars, even for big delegates,” he says.
Since then, there has been no stopping Ramesh. From B-town stars to politicians, everyone has travelled in his cars. “I have had plenty of clients and thus, my cars have been used by many big names. From Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to Amitabh Bachchan to SRK, mostly everyone has been driven around in my cars.”Ramesh still goes to his barber shop every day as he doesn’t want to lose touch with his roots. “Every morning at 6, I go to the garage to check on the business.Then, by 10.30 I’m in office. And every evening, without fail, by 5.30 I’m at our salon. There are also people who specially come in to get haircuts from me. I have a loyal client base from Kolkata and Mumbai as well,” he says.Ramesh is also teaching the skill of hair styling to his kids, two daughters and one son. “It’s a skill job and they’ll have to learn about it. I take them with me to the shop sometimes, but they are too young to take on anything now. Till I’m there, and hopefully even after, I’ll make sure the salon is running successfully. I take no offs, unless it’s for a family trip.I have always believed that work is worship. Inner Space is where my bread and butter comes from.”Even today, being such a rich man he did not forget his roots. He cuts the hair of his regular customers for just Rs 65.