Vijay Sankeshwar

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Vijay Sankeshwar
Born (1950-08-02) 2 August 1950 (age 67)
Gadag, Karnataka, India
Nationality Indian
Years active 1967–present
Net worth 740 million $
Title Chairman and Managing Director of VRL Group
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Board member of VRL Group[1]
Spouse(s) Lalita

Vijay Sankeshwar (born 2 August 1950) is an Indian businessman.[2] He along with Anand Sankeshwar(Managing Director) is the chairman of India's largest logistics firm VRL Group and is also known for being the owner of the largest fleet of commercial vehicles in India.[3]

He left BJP and founded Kannada Nadu Party. Later he joined the Karnataka Janata Paksha of BJP outcast Yeddyurappa; the party eventually merged back with BJP. Vijay Sankeshwar was also a former Member of Parliament from North Dharwad constituency as a BJP member.

Sankeshwar previously owned Karnataka's largest circulating newspaper, Vijaya Karnataka until it was sold to Bennett, Coleman and Co. Ltd. (The Times Group) for an undisclosed sum in 2007. After the expiry of a 5-year non-compete clause he launched Vijaya Vani in 2012.Vijaya Vani is now the #1 Kannada Daily Newspaper with 8 lakh+ copies every day. His company owns two Private Jets (VT-VRL & VT-ANF). Vijay Sankeshwar has launched a new Kannada Channel "Digvijay 24X7" on April 4, 2017.[4]


He completed his Graduation in Commerce and was educated at Adarsh Shikshan Samiti, College of Commerce, Gadag, Karnataka University, Dharwad, Karnataka.

Birth of VRL Group[edit]

He founded it in 1976 in Gadag, a small town in North Karnataka, with a single truck and a vision that was way ahead of its time. VRL soon expanded its service to Bengaluru, Hubballi and Belagavi. From this humble beginning VRL has grown into a nationally renowned logistics and transport company that is currently the largest fleet owner in India with a fleet of 3579 Vehicles (Including 488 tourist buses & 3091 Goods Transport Vehicles) as of 28 February 2014. VRL finds mention in the Limca Book of Records as the single largest fleet owner of commercial vehicles in India in the private sector. Over the years VRL has pioneered providing a safe and reliable delivery network in the field of parcel service. It has spread its operations to Courier Service, Express Cargo & Air Chartering to meet the growing demand of the burgeoning customer base.

3PL & Warehousing solutions offered by VRL are tailor-made and cater to the needs of various customers of the industry. With the largest network in India, the VRL parcel service is indispensable for a large number of corporate houses. This network spans the length and breadth of the country and is supported by a large number of transhipment hubs. VRL operates through a network of 859 Branches and franchisees. VRL is now expanding its service to reach even the remotest locations of the Country.4800 vehicles as on June 18, 2017.

Political career[edit]

Year Position Held
1993 Member, B.J.P., Dist. Dharwad, Karnataka (Held various positions at District and State level)
1996 Elected to 11th Lok Sabha
1996-97 Member, Committee on Finance and Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Surface Transport
1998 Re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
1998-99 Transport
1999 Re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha (3rd term)
1999-2000 Member, Committee on Commerce and Member, Committee on Transport and Tourism