Barber owns a Rolls Royce and 67 other luxurious cars

Bangalore: Imagine, Ramesh Babu once earned just Rs 5 a day!

His is the ideal rags-to-riches story. He has risen from from humble beginnings to own some of the most expensive cars. Time changes everything. Believe it or not but this barber has went on to become a crorepati and is now the owner of 67 luxurious cars, including Rolls-Royce, Mercedes and BMW, that cost more than Rs 10 crore.

Ramesh also owns a lavish Suzuki Intruder high-end bike costing Rs 16 lakh. But as a professional barber, he doesn’t want to forget his roots. He personally styles the hair of his regular customers.

On most days, Ramesh drives to work in the egg-white Rolls-Royce Ghost that itself costs Rs 3.1 crore and there are only five other people in Bangalore who own such pedigreed cars.

The 41-year-old bought the Rolls a few months back. He had to take a huge bank loan with a monthly pay-back instalment of Rs 7 lakh. His earnings from the saloon are quite modest, but Ramesh, who networks well with the rich clientele has built a lucrative car rental business

He charges Rs 75,000 a day for Rolls-Royce and he boost of high-profile clients from Bollywood superstar Salman Khan to hazel-eyed former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

Ramesh's life was not the same in 1979, when his father died. The family was literally on the streets. He was just nine years old and it was very difficult to make both ends meet with the earning of just Rs 5 from his father's small salon shop on Brigade Road. He later quit studies and became a full-time barber

Fate then took a turn for good in 1994, when Ramesh took a leaf from one of his relatives and decided to kickstart a car rental business. He first bought a Maruti omni van and started giving it on rent. From there began Ramesh’s tryst with cars. Ramesh still owns this four-wheeler.

In 1996, he started a saloon at Bowring Institute and has not looked back since. Ramesh says he can easily hike his rates but he won't as it's a family trade. No matter that gleaming Rolls parked outside, his head surely is in the right place. This can be gauged from the fact that he says if he doesn’t cut someone’s hair on a particular day, he won’t be able to sleep.



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