Naresh Goyal- The Founder of Jet Airways

Naresh Goyal is the man behind Jet Airways. He started from borrowed money from his mother and ended being the owner of the largest airline company in India.  Naresh Goyal's net worth  went beyond Rs 8,000 crore.

Read ahead to know the story of this man who took it from the scratch to become a millionaire.

Naresh Goyal- Biography

Name Naresh Goyal
DOB 29 July, 1949
Age 71 Years
Nationality Indian (NRI)
Occupation Former Chairman of Jet Airways
Year Active 1967–2019
Net Worth Beyond Rs 8,000 crore (2019)
Spouse Anita Goyal
Children Nivaan Goyal and Namrata Goyal

Naresh Goyal- Early life and Challenges
Naresh Goyal- Education
Naresh Goyal- Family
Naresh Goyal- Career
Naresh Goyal- Controversy
Naresh Goyal- News
Naresh Goyal- Awards

Naresh Goyal- Early life and Challenges

Naresh Goyal, a 71 year old, was born on 29 July, 1941. He was born in Sangur, Punjab.He along with his family went through a major financial crisis when he was just 11 years old. Their family sustained but lost almost all the property in an action by the government and bank, including their house. His maternal uncle helped him during this time. He paid for his studies till his graduation. He wanted to pursue Chatted Accountancy but instead ended up doing B.Com.

Naresh Goyal
Naresh Goyal

Naresh Goyal- Education

  • He passed his high school from Government Raj School, Sangur, Punjab.
  • He got his degree of Bachelor's in Commerce from Government Vikram college of Commerce.

Naresh Goyal- Family

Naresh was born into a Punjabi Hindu family, where his mother was a house-maker and his father a gold dealer. He died when he was too young. He also had an elder brother, Surinder Kumsr Goyal. Who is also the co-founder of Jet Airways.

He got married to Anita Goyal, and she has been their with him through out the beginning of Jet Airways. And they have one daughter and a son. Their daughter Namrata Goyal is the Director of production house Filmstock Private limited. And their son Nivaan Goyal is in the Board of directors of Jet Airways.


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Naresh Goyal- Career

After his graduation in 1967, he joined his uncle's travel agency as a cashier. He was appointed as the Public Relation Manager of Iraqi Airways in 1969 because of his hard-work and dedication.

He also was the Regional Manager for Royal Jordanian Airlines between 1971 to 1974. During this time, he gained experiences in the areas of ticketing, reservation and sales. He had also worked with Indian officers of Middle Eastern Airlines.

He borrowed some money from his mother in 1974 to start-up his own travel agency along with his brother, and named it Jetair. His agency represented sales and marketing of airlines like Air France, Austrian Airlines and Cathy Pacific.

Jet Airways
Jet Airways

He was appointed as the Regional Manager of Philippe Airline in 1975 and handled the commercial operations of the airline in India. When the Government of India announced the Open Skies Policy in 1991, Naresh initiated an airline company. And in 1992 he transformed his agency into Jet Airways.

Jet Airways started its operations nationwide in 1993. And by 2004, Jet Airways initiated operations of international flights. By 2010 Jet Airways was the largest air carrier in India after he acquired Air Sahara in 2007.


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Naresh Goyal- Controversy

A PIL was filed against him in 2000s, alleging him to have links with the underworld don Dawood Ilbrahim. It was said that Jet Airways was funded by Dawood but was given a clean chit by government along with security clearance.

He was also booked for money laundering by Enforcement Directorate (ED) under Foriegn Exchange Management Act (FEMA). For his involvement in suspicious transaction involving 19 privately held firms associated with him in March of this year.  

Naresh Goyal- News

Jet Airways flights got grounded on April 2017. It's founder's peers and even aviation experts says his ego brought these set of problems to his airline.

The airline was going through rough times after successive quarters of losses in 2018. They were unable to clear salaries for pilots.

In 2019, the airline delayed payments to banks, following which the company sought $840-million bailout from the shareholders. Then, the shareholders approved the conversion of loan into equity.

Finally, the lenders finalized a resolution plan for the airline. And they agreed to infuse Rs 1,500 crore interim funding for a period of 2 months. Naresh Goyal and Anita Goyal stepped down from the board. And now Jet Airways looking for a new investor.


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Naresh Goyal- Awards

He has been the recipient of several awards along his life time.

Awards Year
Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Services from Ernst & Young September 2010
Distinguished Alumni Award-2000 October 2000
Outstanding Asian-Indian award November 2003
Aerospace Laurels for outstanding contribution in the field of Commercial Air Transport April 2000 and February 2004
NDTV Profit Business Award 2006 28 July 2006
Accorded the prestigious TATA AIG – Lifetime Achievement Award 8 September 2007
Travel Entrepreneur of the Year award at the 19th annual TTG (Travel Trade Gazette) Travel Awards 25 October 2007
Man of the Year Award by the Aviation Press Club (APC) 9 April 2008
Business Person of the Year award by UK Trade & Investment at the India Business Awards 2008 9 September 2008
CNBC TV18 India Business Leader Awards 22 January 2009
International Entrepreneurs of the Year by the readers of Asian Voice 27 February 2009
Lifetime Achievement Award of the Year by the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) August 2010
Hall of Fame honour from Hotel Investment Forum of India 2011 January 2011
Belgium conferred the Commandeur of the Order of Leopold II, one of the country's highest civilian distinctions November 2011
Amity Leadership Award for Business Excellence October 2012

Naresh as a man started really poor and got up the ladder by himself. His first salary was just Rs 300 per month. He went through some really hard struggle and polished himself to be a fine man. He never gave up and thought big. His story inspires us to have ambition and to create our own destiny.

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