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Sanjiv Goenka Age, Wife, Children, Biography

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Hometown: Kolkata
Age: 63 Years
Wife: Preeti Goenka

Sanjiv Goenka

Bio/Wiki
Profession(s)• Industrialist
• Businessman
Physical Stats & More
Eye ColourBrown
Hair ColourSalt & Pepper
Career
Awards, Honours, Achievements • Global Leader for Tomorrow award by World Economic Forum (WEF) (1993)
• The Legacy Honour by the Young Presidents Organisation (2002)
• Nihil Ultra Award by by St. Xaviers College (2012)
• Honorary Life Fellowship by All India Management Association (AIMA) (2012)
Sanjiv Goenka (third from left) receiving the lifetime fellowship from AIMA
• Indian Business Leader of the Year Award (2013)
• Banga Bibhushan Award by the Government of West Bengal (2015)
Sanjiv Goenka receiving the Banga Bibhusan award from Governer K N Tripathi and CM Mamata Banerjee
• Selected as the Businessman of the Year at Hello! Hall of Fame (2016)
• Distinguished Fellowship Award by the Institute of Directors (2016)
• An Honourary Degree of Doctor of Literature (Honoris Causa D Litt) by University of North Bengal (2018)
• Asian Leadership Award the Asian Association of Management Organisations (2019)
• Honorary Doctoral Degree in Business Management from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (2019)
Sanjiv Goenka (third from left) receiving the doctrate degree
• Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Honoris Causa) from Amity University (2019)
• Indian Business Leader of the Year award by AIMA (2021)
• Ranked 23 in the Top 50 Most Powerful People in India list of India Today (2021)
• Named 83rd richest person in India and overall 1238th in the world by Forbes (2022)
• Most Visionary Businessman award from Hurun (2024)
Sanjiv Goenka (second from left) receiving the Most Visionary Businessman award
Personal Life
Date of Birth29 January 1961 (Sunday)
Age (as of 2024) 63 Years
BirthplaceKolkata, West Bengal
Zodiac signAquarius
NationalityIndian
HometownKolkata
SchoolSt Xavier’s Collegiate School
College/UniversitySt. Xavier's College, Kolkata
Educational QualificationA bachelor's degree in commerce from St. Xavier's College, Kolkata (1981)
ReligionHinduism
Political InclinationAll India Trinamool Congress (AITMC)
AddressGoenka Niwas, 19 Belvedere Rd, Alipore, Kolkata, West Bengal-700027
ControversiesAccused of corruption for acquiring coal blocks
In September 2022, the CBI registered a case against the companies of RP-Sanjiv Goenka group including RPG Industries, RPG Enterprises and Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC) Limited on charges of corruption, cheating, and criminal conspiracy for acquiring coal blocks during 1993-1995. Before 2012, the Central Vigilance Commission was handling the case. After the preliminary enquiry made by CBI, it was found that RPG Group and CESC had provided wrong information to Coal Ministry about the actual company that would construct and operate the powerplants at Sarisatoli, Tara West, and Deocha Pachami. Later, the CBI revealed that both the companies applied interchangeably in 1995 to get clearance from the Rajasthan government for acquiring coal mines in Dholpur, Rajasthan. [1]NDTV

Criticized for misbehaving with cricketers
In May 2024, he was caught into a controversy after a video went viral on the internet in which he was seen scolding KL Rahul in the stadium, after the defeat of LSG by Sunrisers Hyderabad. Many netizens reacted on it and criticized Goenka’s behaviour. Some expert commentators also said that these kind of conversation should not be taken place in public place or “should be happening behind closed doors.”
Some pictures of Sanjiv Goenka while scolding KL Rahul
Sanjiv Goenka was also noticed having an animated conversation with MS Dhoni in 2017, when Goenka was the chairman of Rising Pune Supergiant team. He also removed Dhoni from the captaincy and appointed Steve Smith for the position at that time.
Sanjiv Goenka (left) while having an animated conversation with MS Dhoni
Social MediaInstagram
Twitter
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Family
Wife/SpousePreeti Goenka (interior designer)
Sanjiv Goenka with his wife
ChildrenSon- Shashwat Goenka (business executive; Director of RPSG Group)
Sanjiv Goenka's son, Shashwat Goenka
Daughter- Avarna Jain (business executive)
Sanjiv Goenka's daughter
ParentsFather- Rama Prasad Goenka (businessman; died on 14 April 2013)
Sanjiv Goenka's father
Mother- Sushila Devi Goenka (deceased)
Sanjiv Goenka's mother
SiblingsBrother- Harsh Vardhan Goenka (chairman of the RPG Group)
Harsh Goenka
Sister- None
Other RelativesGreat-grandfather- Badridas Goenka (businessman)
Sanjiv Goenka's great grandfather, Badridas Goenka
Grandfather- Keshav Prasad Goenka (businessman)
Sanjiv Goenka's grandfather, Keshav Prasad Goenka
Favourites
ChocolateLindt (Swiss chocolate)
FilmmakerKaran Johar
SingerKishore Kumar
Money Factor
Assets/Properties• A three-story bungalow named Goenka Niwas in Kolkata
• A mansion in Lutyens' Delhi
Net Worth (approx.)$ 3.4 Billion (as of 2024)

Sanjiv Goenka (left) with Narendra Modi

Some Lesser Known Facts About Sanjiv Goenka

  • Sanjiv Goenka belongs to a Rajasthani Marwari family of businessmen.
  • After completing his bachelor’s degree, he started working at Deccan Fibre in Hyderabad, a fibreglass unit, established by his father.
  • In 1984, he became the deputy managing director of Dunlop India Ltd. He worked there for almost four years.
  • On 30 October 1986, he was appointed as the director of Phillips Carbon Black Limited.
  • When he was 26 years old, he started working at his father’s company RPG Group.

    An old photograph of Sanjiv Goenka with Rajiv Gandhi

    An old photograph of Sanjiv Goenka with Rajiv Gandhi

  • In 1989, he took over the electricity generation company ‘The Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (India) Limited’ and renamed it as ‘CESC Limited.’ He acquired the company against his father’s wish. In 2011, the company became a flagship of the RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group.
  • Goenka assumed the position of the director of Spencer And Company Limited on 5 May 1989.
  • In 1991, he was appointed director of India’s oldest music label company ‘Saregama India Limited.’
  • He was appointed as the director of Spencer International Hotels Limited on 29 September 1999.
  • Sanjiv Goenka became the youngest President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in April 2001. He was a member of the CII National Council on Corporate Governance and Regulatory Affairs for the year 2013–14.
  • He has also been the youngest President of the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
  • He has been a member of the National Foundation for Corporate Governance.
  • In 2002, he became the chairman of the board of governors at IIT-Kharagpur. He remained in the position for four straight terms. He has also been the head of the board of governors at IIT-Gandhinagar.
  • In 2010, his father decided to divide his business group ‘RPG Group’ among his sons Sanjiv and Harsh Goenka after which he founded the multinational conglomerate ‘RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group’ (RPSG Group) on 13 July 2011.
  • The RPSG Group includes power and energy businesses, carbon black manufacturing, retail, IT-enabled services, FMCG, media and entertainment, infrastructure and education.
  • He acquired CESC Ltd, Phillips Carbon Black Ltd, Spencer’s Retail Ltd, and Saregama India Ltd upon the division of RPG Group.
  • In the field of entertainment and media, the RPSG Group has Open magazine, Fortune India magazine, and digital news player Editorji, under its flagship.
  • Some other companies owned by him under the RPSG Group include Nature’s Basket, Spencer’s Retail, and Harrisons Malayalam Limited.

    The companies owned by Sanjiv Goenka under the RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group (RPSG Group)

    The companies owned by Sanjiv Goenka under the RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group (RPSG Group)

  • He was made the chairman of International Management Institute, New Delhi in 2010.
  • He has also been the chairman of the Board of Directors of Woodlands Medical Centre Limited in Kolkata.
  • On 3 December 2012, he was made the director of Firstsource Solutions Limited, a  business process management company.
  • In 2016, he bought the franchise of the IPL team ‘Rising Pune Supergiants.’
  • In 2020, the Mohun Bagan Football Club (India) signed an ownership deal with ATK led by Sanjiv Goenka, after he bought 80 per cent of stakes of Mohun Bagan FC. Later, both the clubs were merged and named as ATK Mohun Bagan.

    Sanjiv Goenka holding a Mohun Bagan Super Giant jersey

    Sanjiv Goenka holding a Mohun Bagan Super Giant jersey

  • A year later, he bought the IPL team Lucknow Supergiants for Rs 7,090 crore.

    Sanjiv Goenka in the jersey of Luchnow Super Giants

    Sanjiv Goenka in the jersey of Luchnow Super Giants

  • In 2022, he formed the South African professional Twenty20 franchise cricket team ‘Durban’s Super Giants,’ which played for the first time in SA20 tournament in the 2022–23 season.
  •  He has been the President of the All-India Management Association (AIMA). He has also been appointed as the Honourary Consul of Canada in Kolkata.
  • He considers the chief of All India Trinamool Congress party Mamata Banerjee to be one of her close confidantes.
  • He is a sports lover and has a keen interest several sports such as football, cricket, lawn tennis, and table tennis.

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