Each one of us who is spending a comfortable life should regard ourselves as lucky. There exist people who know what it is like to be poor in India. But, when people from such sectors of society reach heights it’s the definition of a fabulous moment for them.
Meet this successful, Ramesh Babu who too was once a poor man. He although escalated the ladder of success with his massive determination and hard work. Ramesh Babu is tagged as a ‘Billionaire Barber’. Ramesh Babu has about more than 400 cars, of which the majority are from luxury brands such as BMW, Jaguar, and even Rolls Royce.
But Ramesh Babu Barber wasn’t born all privileged contrasting most of the millionaires of this generation. Ramesh Babu’s father, P Gopal, who was also a barber in the city of Bangalore, died when he was a mere 7-years-old. With completely no money, all he left for his wife and three kids was a compact barbershop on Bridged road, in Bengaluru.
After the heartbreaking death of her husband, Ramesh Babu’s mother was all filled with sorrow and penniless and had to also work as a servant to feed her children and provide them with a decent living. Ramesh Babu’s mother earned about Rs 40 to Rs 50 per month which was applied to all, taking into account clothes, books, and fees.
Ramesh Babu, a ‘Billionaire Barber’ was raised on about a meal a day. Post the death of Ramesh Babu’s father, his mother was unable to carry on the barbershop and she gave it on rent for Rs 5 a day.
Ramesh Babu did every job all through his childhood to help his mother to make a few extra pennies. Ramesh Babu began part-time newspaper delivery work, milk home delivery and everything else that was possible at age of 13 to help his family.
Post his tenth class, Ramesh Babu decided to carry on his father’s shop in place of going on with his education. The salon was named ‘Inner Space’ and was located in a shopping complex just beside the school where he studied. It soon became a trendy setter place.
Barber Ramesh Babu planned on doing something, so he decided to purchase a car. Ramesh Babu collected some money from his salon and purchased a Maruti Van (Omni) car from his savings and own money with the support of his uncle back in the year 1993. Since it turned out up being perfect most of the time as he was occupied in his barbershop, he decided to put it out on rent when it was kept idle. He wasn’t aware of the fact that this was going to turn him into a billionaire!
Ramesh Babu was handed over his first business contract from Intel with the help of a family for whom his mother worked when he was a child. Eventually slowly but keeping pace he collected a good customer base, Ramesh realised the possibility of starting a high-end automobile rental service and started to build a fleet of cars. Today Ramesh is the owner of Ramesh Tours and Travels and has been purchasing expensive cars for about 30 years now. He’s been renting out luxury cars for quite a year now, beginning somewhere in the late 90s.
As of present, Ramesh Tours & Travels operates in Delhi Chennai, and Bengaluru massively and the entrepreneur hopes to capture and provide his service in various locations across the country. Back in 2004, he started the luxury car rental and self-drive business after the government opened up the tourism sector. Ramesh Tours and Travels have only elevated from here.
Ramesh Babu’s initial investment was in a luxury car named Mercedes E Class luxury sedan that cost him Rs 38 lakh. The crowd elevated with three more Mercedes cars and four BMWs, which is, although, dominated by dozens of Toyota Innovas. At the moment his fleet has around 400 cars, vans and mini-buses, taking into account imported vehicles a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, Mercedes C, E and S class and BMW 5, 6 and 7 series. He has a whole class of imported Mercedes vans and Toyota minibus.
It’s been a daily routine of his for years now, Ramesh Babu, the owner of Ramesh Tours and Travels, keeps himself at least five hours daily in his salon located at Bowring Institute. Barber Ramesh Babu himself dresses the hair of his regular customers. As a professional barber, he refuses to let go of his roots.
Ramesh Babu is truly a motivation to a. For entrepreneurs who desire to become successful entrepreneurs, such heart-touching success stories may motivate you to come up with a unique idea.