Gunupati Venkata Krishna Reddy, also referred to as GVK Reddy, is the Founder Chairman and Managing Director of GVK,a Hyderabad-based infrastructure conglomerate that is into energy, resources, airports, transportation, hospitality and life sciences. His company set up India’s first independent power plant in Andhra Pradesh, in 1997.
He was born on 22 March 1937 in Kothur village of Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh. He completed his basic schooling from Kothur, early college from Nellore and graduated from Osmania University in Hyderabad. GVK Reddy first got his start in business when his father G. Subbarami Reddy allowed the GVK Reddy to take control of the family’s small construction firm. Reddy’s first started out as a contractor but then branched into manufacturing by setting up Novopan Industries in Biscoe, North Carolina, as the license regime in India had left few opportunities. However, thanks to Mari Chenna Reddy, GVK Reddy later returned to India after receiving support from the Mari ChennaReddy.He later pursued Owner/President Management (OPM) Program from Harvard Business School, USA
He is also a sports enthusiast and has encouraged young sporting talent. He has set up a tennis academy in Hyderabad to groom youngsters with potential.
- Dr. GVK Reddy, has been recognised as the “Infrastructure Person of the Year 2014”, at the Construction Week India Awards
- Dr. GVK Reddy has been bestowed with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at India Aviation 2014 for his contribution to Aviation Sector in the country.
- Infrastructure Person of the Year award at Construction Week India awards.
- Awarded Padma Bhushan – the third highest civilian award of India in 2011.
- “Construction World – Man of the year 2011” award by Construction World.
- Best First Generation Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 award under the India Business Leaders Awards instituted by CNBC-TV 18.
- Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2009 from Economic Times.
- Excellence Award at the International Telugu Cultural Conference held at the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Telugu Association of Malaysia.
- Felicitated by The Telugu Literary and Cultural Association, US.
- Conferred Life Membership of the World Telugu Federation, Chennai.