VG Siddhartha, is the Chairman and Managing Director of Coffee Day Enterprises. He holds a bachelor’s degree in arts from the University of Mysore. V.G. Siddhartha has a long association with coffee, given the family’s interests in coffee plantations in Southern India for more than 130 years, and he has an experience of approximately 22+ years in the coffee business.
He set up CDGL in 1993 to export coffee beans and later forayed into coffee retailing in different formats in India. He also set up his own stock broking firm, Sivan & Co., at Bengaluru.
He was recognized as “The Entrepreneur of the Year” by Economic Times in September 2003. In 2014, he was awarded with ‘ET Retail Hall of Fame’ for his contribution to the growth in retail sector.
From a handful of cafés in six cities in the first five years, Café Coffee Day has become India’s largest and premier retail chain of cafes with 1,423 cafes in 209 cities/towns.