Sanjay Ghodawat (Marathi: संजय घोडावत) is a well-known personality in business circles, is regarded a legend in Kolhapur, one of the largest districts of Maharashtra for his immense contributions in the professional and social arena. He is a Chief Patron of Jain International Trade Organization and a member of many social clubs.
Early life and career
The struggle started in 1988 when Sanjay Ghodawat travelled in a tempo; to sell a pan masala called Quality, shop-to-shop across Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa. But in 1992, times started changing when he introduced his own Gutka brand- STAR and it did all the wonders for him. Today his Gutka brand is most favored in western India. The incredible thing about Ghodawat’s business empire is that its almost completely based and fully run from a small town Kolhapur. 
Sanjay Ghodawat has started his fortune in 1993 with 2 main divisions - Mouth Freshener and Floriculture. Within 15 years only the group has achieved a strength of 5000 employees and the annual turnover of Rs.800 Crore. Today the group is present in various sectors like - Wind Power, High-Tech Agriculture, Chemicals, Flexible Packaging, Edible Oils, Real Estates, Heavy engineering, Textile division and FMCG. Mr. Ghodawat set up India’s second largest manufacturing plant of Oxalic Acid having a capacity of 25TPD under the name – ‘Star Oxochem Pvt. Ltd.’ at Chipri (Jaysingpur) with most of the production being exported. Going further, the Group diversified into manufacturing of flexible packaging under the name ‘Star Flexi-Pack Industries’ and acquired three companies with interests in real estate and wind power – Everready Investments Pvt. Ltd., Diana Watches & Ancillaries Pvt. Ltd. and Topaz Investments Pvt. Ltd. In 2002, Mr. Ghodawat further expanded his horizons and ventured into FMCG and established one more industry under the name ‘Shrenik Industries’ at Chipri (Jaysingpur) which got into marketing of edible salt under the brand name ‘Star Salt’. The product was a huge hit within six months of entering the market. In the following year, 2003, Mr. Ghodawat set up two more companies: ‘Ghodawat Foods International Pvt. Ltd.’, for manufacturing edible oils from Sunflower, Palm, Soyabean, Groundnut, Kardi, etc. under the ‘Star’ brand and ‘Shreya Exports’ to manufacture, sell and export tea products under the ‘Star Tea’ brand. In 2004, Mr. Ghodawat launched a new brand ‘Star Mosquito Coil’ and by 2005, he started the manufacture of ‘Steel Tubular Tower for Wind operated Turbine’ under Heavy Engineering Unit of Shrenik Industries. Currently, Mr. Ghodawat is working on his new project – Sanjay Ghodawat Institute, which will comprise Engineering and Management College and an International School. 
Mr. Sanjay Ghodawat, as a responsible citizen strongly believes in giving back to the society. In 1996, he founded a Charitable Trust in the name of his mother – ‘Sou. Sushila Danchand Ghodawat Charitable trust’. Besides, he has contributed to a number of social initiatives including building for blind school in Miraj, operation hall at Siddhivinayak Hospital, Miraj, plastic surgery camps sponsored by Ichalkaranji Rotary Club at Ichalkaranji where over 500 surgeries are done every year and setting-up of an eye hospital amongst others. In 2001, he started a Blood Bank by the name ‘Acharya Shree Tulsi Blood Bank’ at Udgaon (Jaysingpur) equipped with sophisticated laboratory equipment and has been rated as one of the best three blood banks in India. Mr. Ghodawat also started a Junior Girls College in 2007, educating over 1700 girls and is now planning to start a Dental and Nursing College.
Awards and honours
|2012||‘Suryadatta National Award’||Wind Mills Project|
|2007||National Industrial Excellency Award||All India Achievers Foundation|
|2010||Jivan Gourav Award’||Maharashtra Govt.|
- ↑ . http://learningfrom-life.blogspot.in/2009/10/sanjay-ghodawat-success-story.html.
- ↑ 485 Interview with N.R. Sanjay Ghodawat. Retrieved on 8 November 2011.
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