Ramesh Babu, the billionaire barber having Rolls Royce!
Success for me basically means achievement, accomplishment, victory, triumph and “favorable outcome” of both hard work and patience. In the dictionary, success is “The achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted. I have as well come across with this pretty much funny quote for success which goes “it’s only in the dictionary that success comes before work”. Today I am feeling immense motivated to write about Ramesh Babu, the billionaire barber having Rolls Royce!. In order to be and feel successful, one has to work at it. Success is never easily achieved, hard work and patience should go hand in hand. Behind every successful man are a lot of unsuccessful years, I agree! Some would try to seek answers from successful people on what are their secrets to success however, there is really no secret to success. It is, for me, the result of preparation, hard work, patience and lessons learned from failures as well.
About Ramesh Babu
In the business world, it is often said that if you have patience, dedication and you are working hard, then nothing can stop you from earning decent amount of money or getting rich. The story of Ramesh Babu from Bangalore is a glaring example of how you can surge ahead in this cut-throat competitive business environment while doing things that you love. Ramesh Babu, a Bangalore based barber has a story of rags to riches. His life is no less than a movie’s script. Ramesh Babu is no exception in this world but his hard work and determination proved that in a cut-throat competition, how people can progress further to attain their dreams.
Back in 1979, Ramesh’s father died leaving the family nothing but a small saloon. Ramesh was only nine-years-old when his father passed away and at a young age the only means for his survival was a barber shop that his father left for him. But his mother leased out the shop for nearly Rs. 6 per day and she worked as a domestic help to earn a living and feed her son.
But back in 1994, Ramesh opted to run his father’s barber shop instead of pursuing education. The salon was in the shopping centre near to his school. The salon was named Inner Space and soon after its inauguration it became a hot spot for youngsters.
How a hairstylist turned into an entrepreneur
He could well be the richest barber in the country. But G Ramesh Babu charges only Rs.150 for a haircut. He has his salon at the famous Bowring Institute on St. Mark’s Road in Bangalore, one of the oldest clubs in the city. The 42-year-old hairstylist attends to around eight customers a day, working in two shifts of 2-3 hours each, morning and evening. In between the two shifts he sits at a different office during rest of the day as CEO of a large car rental company that owns a fleet of luxury cars, including a dazzling Rs.3.3 crore Rolls Royce, and a range of Mercs, BMWs, Volkswagens, and Innovas. Amazingly, Ramesh charges Rs 75000 a day for the Rolls and his usual clients are corporate bigwigs and visiting Bollywood and Tollywood stars.
His company, Ramesh Tours and Travels Private Limited, owns a total of 127 cars and has on its rolls around 120 employees. Most of them are drivers who draw a monthly pay of not less than Rs.14000, with additional overtime incentives.
“We are one of the top companies in the country in this field,” says Ramesh, who lost his father when he was just 7 years old, and later braved poverty and hunger to reach this position.
Incident that fuelled his ambition to succeed in life
They had a hair salon at Brigadier Road. The shop was called ‘Modern Hair Dressers’ and it was started in 1928 by his grandfather. His father was running the shop till his death. Ramesh was 7 then and he had two other younger siblings. The responsibility of bringing us up fell on his mother, who started working as a housemaid to support the family. For many years, they survived on one meal a day. He became so used to it that even today he don’t have breakfast.”
In spite of the situation at home, Ramesh studied well and was among the top three rankers in class. He was a sportsman too. He played football in school and represented Karnataka in the junior nationals in 1500 metres athletic event. At 13, he took up a part-time job as a newspaper delivery boy and earned Rs.60 per month. His mother took up small tailoring jobs and made some extra money. But that hardly changed the situation for the family. He recalls an incident that happened when he was in class five. At that time, the family’s hair salon was being run by his uncle – who used to pay them about Rs.5 daily as their share of the income.
He was in class 5 and we were instructed to use fountain pens for the first time at school. Until then they were using pencils for writing. He went to shop and told the person working there – an employee who had been appointed by his father – that he needed a pen. He gave Rs.3.50 and Ramesh bought a Pilot pen with the money. In the evening, when he went to the shop his uncle was furious. He snatched the pen from him and said that there is no need of such expensive pens and gave a cheaper pen instead. That incident fuelled his ambition to succeed in life, who has the fortune of putting his own children in top schools. He has two daughters and a son. The eldest daughter is studying in class ten at a well-known residential school in Kothagiri and he spends around Rs.1.5 lakh on her education per annum.
It is also said that a film on his life is expected to be released in three different languages and seems like his Bollywood contacts may come handy. Ramesh Babu, runs a salon where he cuts and styles hair for politicians, military officers and even Bollywood celebs like Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
But he is not an ordinary businessman as he earned his wealth from his other venture of renting cars. Today Ramesh Babu is a well known billionaire in Bangalore who comes to work in his Rolls Royce Ghost which is worth Rs 3.1 crore. Starting his business from only one car, today Ramesh is the proud owner of nearly 200 elite and luxurious cars.
Babu purchased the Rolls Royce with his own hard earned money and what is interesting is that, only five people in the city own a Rolls Royce Ghost. Though his income from the saloon is average it is his lucrative luxury car rental business that earned him the name and fame that he has today. Today he is considered as one of India’s richest hair stylists.
His rise to success is marked by hard work, a burning desire to succeed, and the favour shown by a few good-hearted men and women.