V. G. Siddhartha
V. G. Siddhartha (Kannada: ವಿ. ಜಿ. ಸಿದ್ಧಾರ್ಥ) is an Indian businessman from Karnataka. He is best known as the founder-owner of the chain of Cafe Coffee Day outlets. After the doing his Masters he joined J M Financial Limited in 1983-1984 in Mumbai as a management trainee/intern in Portfolio Management and securities trading on the Indian Stock Market under Mr. Mahendra Kampani, Vice Chairman, J M Financial Limited. He was just 24 years then. After two years with J M Financial Limited, when Siddhartha returned to Bangalore, his father gave him money to start a business of his choice. Siddhartha bought a stock market card for Rs 30,000, along with a company called Sivan Securities, which was renamed in 2000 as Way2wealth Securities Ltd with vision to set "new standards in the retail financial services in India". Its venture capital division came to be known as Global Technology Ventures (GTV) as well as a site in the city in 1984 and turned it into a highly successful investment banking and stock broking company.