V. G. Siddhartha (CCD Founder) Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

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Age: 60 Years
Wife: Malavika Krishna
Caste: Vokkaliga

VG Siddhartha

Full NameVeerappa Gangaiah Siddhartha Hegde
Name earnedCoffee King of India
Famous ForBeing the owner of the popular coffee chain Cafe Coffee Day
Personal Life
Date of Birth23 August 1959 (Sunday)
BirthplaceThanoodi, Chikkamagaluru, Karnataka, India
Zodiac signVirgo
Date of Death31 July 2019
Place of DeathNetravati River, Mangaluru, Karnataka
Age (at the time of death)60 Years
Death CauseSuicide by drowning [1]The Hindu
SignatureVG Siddhartha Signature
Nationality Indian
HometownChikkamagaluru, Karnataka, India
SchoolHe studied in a local school in Chikmagalur, Karnataka
College/University• St. Aloysius College, Mangalore
• Mangalore University, Konaje, Karnataka
Educational QualificationA master's degree in Economics from Mangalore University
CasteVokkaliga (traditionally identified as landlords and village headmen)[2]Hindustan Times
AddressSadashiv Nagar, Bengaluru
VG Siddhartha's Residence In Sadashiv Nagar, Bengaluru
ControversyOn 21 September 2017, the Income Tax Department raided 20 offices of Siddhartha all over Karnataka and Goa. The Income Tax department claimed that he was suspected of tax evasion.
Relationships & More
Marital Status (at the time of death)Married
Marriage DateYear 1991
VG Siddhartha On His Marriage Day
Wife/SpouseMalavika Krishna (Businesswoman)
VG Siddhartha With His Wife Malavika
ChildrenSon(s)- 2
• Eshaan
• Amartya
VG Siddhartha's Sons Eshaan (Extreme Left) & Amartya (Extreme Right) With Their Grandparents
Daughter- None
ParentsFather- Gangaiah Hegde (Businessman)
VG Siddhartha With His Father Gangaiah
Mother- Vaasanthi G Hegde (Homemaker)
VG Siddhartha With His Mother Vaasanthi G Hegde
Money Factor
Net Worth (approx.)$1.2 Billion

VG Siddhartha

Some Lesser Known Facts About V. G. Siddhartha

  • V. G. Siddhartha was an Indian businessman. He was the owner and founder of the popular food and beverage chain, Cafe Coffee Day. In July 2019, he committed suicide by drowning.
  • During his college days, he joined the NCC, and he wanted to join the Indian Army.
  • After completing his college education, his father wanted him to join the family business, but, he wanted to do something on his own.

    VG Siddhartha After Graduating From College

    VG Siddhartha After Graduating From College

  • He travelled to Mumbai and joined the financial firm “JM Financial Limited” in 1983 as a management trainee.

    VG Siddhartha During His Younger Days

    VG Siddhartha During His Younger Days

  • He was very close to the Vice Chairman of the company, Mahendra Kampani, and he used to call him Mahendra Bhai. He learned a lot of things from him and used to consider him his idol.

    VG Siddhartha With Mahendra Kampani

    VG Siddhartha with Mahendra Kampani

  • While he was working in JM Financial, he used his earnings to buy coffee plantations. When he quit his job, he had around 3,000 acres of coffee plantations to his name.
  • He worked at JM Financial for 2 years and then returned to Bangalore to start his firm.
  • After returning to Bangalore, he asked his father for the capital to start his firm. His father gave him 7.5 Lacs INR, and said- “When you lose it, you can come home”. Siddhartha made up his mind that he will not lose the money.
    VG Siddhartha
  • He bought a plot for 5 Lacs INR as his security. He rented an office and started his financial security firm, Sivan Securities, with the rest of the money. His firm was later renamed as Way2Wealth Securities.
  • In 1994, he bought an ailing coffee curing unit in Hassan, Karnataka and named it- “Amalgamated Bean Company”. He soon opened retail stores all over Bangalore, which used to sell coffee powder from his estates.
  • He also used to export coffee to different parts of the world, especially Brazil. By the end of 1995, his company, Amalgamated Bean Company, became India’s largest exporter of coffee.

    VG Siddhartha In A Coffee Plantation

    VG Siddhartha in a Coffee Plantation

  • In 1995, he had a meeting with the owner of a German Coffee company, Tchibo. The owner, Herz, told him the story about how his company became the second-largest company in Europe in just 5 decades. The story inspired Siddhartha, and by the end of the year, he had opened 450 outlets.
  • In 1996, he planned to open up coffee cafes in Bangalore. He pitched the idea of a cafe to his business partner and his wife. They dismissed his idea; as he wanted to charge 25 INR per cup when coffee was available at 5 INR per cup.
    VG Siddhartha
  • In 1996, the internet was still new to India. The youth was curious about the internet and the internet cafes used to charge 100 INR per hour. He had an idea of opening a cafe where you can have coffee and browse on the internet at the same time and it would also justify the 25 INR price.
  • Siddhartha opened the first Cafe Coffee Day (CCD) in 1996 at Brigade Road in Bangalore. By the end of 2000, he rolled out 22 cafes in South India, and by the end of 2007, there were more than 200 CCD stores across India.
    VG Siddhartha Outside A CCD Cafe
  • As of July 2019, there are more than 1843 CCD outlets in six countries.
  • On 29 July 2019, VG Siddhartha went missing. He was travelling from Bengaluru to Sakleshpur with his driver when he suddenly asked his driver to head towards Mangaluru. As they approached a bridge near Mangaluru, he asked his driver to stop the car. Siddhartha got out of his car, and he asked his driver to wait for him at the end of the bridge.
  • Siddhartha’s driver waited for him to return for an hour, but, then he got worried and called him. His phone was switched off, so, he called his son and informed him, and then after searching for him for a while, he went to the nearest police station and filed an FIR.
  • On 30 July 2019, police began search operations near the bridge and in the Netravati River. On 31 July 2019, at 7:43 in the morning, the Mangaluru Police Commissioner, Sandeep Patil stated that a body resembling VG Siddhartha was found and it was being taken to the Wenlock Hospital in Mangaluru for post mortem and identification by the family.

    VG Siddhartha's Body Being Recovered From The Netravati River

    VG Siddhartha’s Body Being Recovered From The Netravati River

  • His body was identified by his family, and he was then taken to Chikmagalur.

    VG Siddhartha's Body Being Taken To Chikmagalur

    VG Siddhartha’s Body Being Taken To Chikmagalur

  • His mortal remains were kept at the company’s office in Chikmaglur for anyone who wished to pay their last respects to VG Siddhartha.
  • To honour his death, all the outlets of Cafe Coffee Day were shut down on 31 July 2019.
  • VG Siddhartha’s body was cremated at his father’s coffee estate in Belur Taluk, Karnataka. His family took this decision taking into consideration that this is where his journey as an entrepreneur began.

    Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa Attending YG Siddhartha's Last Rites

    Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa Attending YG Siddhartha’s Last Rites

  • The Chief Minister of Karnataka, BS Yeddyurappa, also travelled to Chikmaglur to pay his last respects to VG Siddhartha.

    Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa Condoles The Death Of VG Siddhartha

    Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa Condoles The Death Of VG Siddhartha

  • After Siddhartha’s demise, the CCD management appointed SV Ranganath as the Interim Chairman and Nitin Bagmane as the Interim Chief Operating Officer (CEO).

    SV Ranganath And Nitin Bagmane

    SV Ranganath (Left) And Nitin Bagmane

  • Almost a month after his demise, his father, Gangaiah Hegde, passed away on 25 August 2019 in Chikmagalur, Karnataka. He was in a coma for more than a month and was not aware of his son’s death.

    VG Siddhartha with his father Gangaiah Hegde

    VG Siddhartha with his father Gangaiah Hegde

  • In June 2022, production companies T-Series and Almighty Motion Picture announced that they had acquired the adaptation rights of the book Coffee King: The Swift Rise and Sudden Death of Cafe Coffee Day Founder V. G. Siddhartha by investigative journalists Rukmini BR and Prosenjit Datta to make a biopic on V. G. Siddhartha. [3]The Hindu