Naresh Goyal

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Naresh Goyal
Naresh Goyal in Bombay in Nov 2008.jpg
Born (1949-07-29) 29 July 1949 (age 68)[1]
Sangrur, Punjab, India
Residence London, England, United Kingdom[1]
Nationality Indian
Occupation Chairman of Jet Airways
Years active 1967–present
Children Nivaan Goyal
Namrata Goyal[2]

Naresh Goyal is an Indian businessman and founder Chairman of Jet Airways. He started operating Jet Airways in 1993. Following the 2005 IPO of Jet Airways, Forbes magazine declared him the sixteenth richest person in India, with a net worth of $1.9 billion. He currently does not feature on the Forbes list.[3][4]

Alleged links between Indian gangster Dawood Ibrahim and Jet Airways chairman and promoter Naresh Goyal have been reported as early as 2002.[5]

Early life[edit]

Naresh Goyal was born in Sangrur, Punjab,[6] India in 1949 in the house of a jewellery dealer. His father died when he was a child. He studied up to sixth standard at Govt. Raj High School for Boys. When he was eleven years old, his family went through an economic crisis and his house was auctioned. He then lived with his mother's uncle. Goyal holds a Bachelors of Commerce degree from Govt. Bikram College of Commerce, Patiala.[7]


In 1967, Goyal began his career as a cashier in his maternal uncle Seth Charan Das Ram Lal's travel agency, East West Agencies,[8] at a starting salary of Rs 300 a month.[7] After graduating in Commerce, Goyal joined the travel business with the GSA for Lebanese International Airlines.[9]

From 1967 to 1974, he underwent extensive training in the travel business through his association with several foreign airlines. He travelled overseas extensively on business during this period.[9]

In 1969, he was appointed the public relation manager of Iraqi Airways and from 1971 to 1974 was the regional manager for ALIA, Royal Jordanian Airlines. He also worked with the Indian offices of Middle Eastern Airline (MEA), where he gained experience in various areas including ticketing, reservations and sales.[7] in 1974, with £500 from his mother, he set up his own agency named Jetair, representing the likes of Air France, Austrian Airlines and Cathay Pacific.[6]

In 1975, he was appointed regional manager of Philippine Airline in India.[7]

Jet Airways[edit]

In 1991, Goyal took advantage of the opening of the Indian economy and the enunciation of the Open Skies Policy by the Government of India to set up Jet Airways for the operation of scheduled air services on domestic sectors in India. Jet Airways commenced commercial operations on May 5, 1993.[9] Goyal founded Jet Airways (Private) Limited[10] with the objective of providing sales and marketing representation to foreign airlines in India.[9]

Goyal served on the Board of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) from 2004–2006. He was re-elected in 2008 with his tenure extending until June 2016.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Goyal met his wife, Anita, after she joined the company in 1979 as a marketing analyst and rose to become the head of marketing and sales. They married nine years later.[6] The couple together have a son, Nivaan Goyal, 24, and a daughter, Namrata Goyal, 26.[2]



Award Year
Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Services from Ernst & Young September 2010
Distinguished Alumni Award-2000 for meritorious and distinguished performance as an entrepreneur October 2000
Outstanding Asian-Indian award for leadership and contribution to the global community given by the Indian American Centre for Political Awareness November 2003
Aerospace Laurels for outstanding contribution in the field of Commercial Air Transport April 2000 and February 2004
The first BML Munjal Award for Excellence in Learning & Development in the Private Sector category January 6, 2006
NDTV Profit Business Award 2006 July 28, 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) April 9, 2008
Business Person of the Year award by UK Trade & Investment at the India Business Awards 2008 September 9, 2008
CNBC TV18 India Business Leader Awards January 22, 2009
International Entrepreneurs of the Year by the readers of Asian Voice February 27, 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


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