Gopinath was born in Gorur a remote village in
Karnataka‘s Hassan district on November 13, 1951 He was the second of eight children. Gopinath’s father a school teacher, believed that schools were systems of regimentation and was resolved to teach Gopinath at home. However, Gopinath was admitted to a Kannada medium school quite late and straight away he joined Standard V. In 1962, Gopinath cleared the admission test and joined Sainik School, Bijapur. The sainik school helped and prepared Gopinath to clear the entrance exams. After 3 years of rigorous training, Gopinath completed education from the . He then went on to graduate from the IMA.Gorur Ramaswamy Iyengar Gopinath is an Indian entrepreneur, the founder of Air Deccan, a retired Captain of the Indian Army, an author, and a politician.