Naveen Patnaik -Biography, News, Age, Photos & Net Worth

Quick Facts

Name :

Naveen Patnaik



Profession :

Indian politician and Author

Father :

Late Biju Patnaik (Politician)

Mother :

Late Gyan Patnaik (Pilot)


Prem Patnaik (Elder; Businessman)


Geeta Mehta (Elder; Writer)

Height :

178 cm,(1.78 m) 5’ 10 feet

Weight :

80 kg, (176 lbs)

Date of Birth:

16 October 1946

Age (as of 2022):

75 Years old


Cuttack, Odisha

Zodiac sign:





Bhubaneswar, Odisha


Welham Boy’s School, Dehradun


Kirori Mal College, New Delhi

Educational Qualification:

Bachelor of Arts



Caste :


Food Habit:


Address :

Naveen Nivas, Aerodrome Road, Khurda District, Bhubaneswar


Reading and Writing

Net worth:

INR 52.88 crores

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Naveen Patnaik, an Indian politician and government official in the eastern Indian state of Odisha (Orissa), was born on October 16, 1946, in Cuttack. He founded and served as president of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD; Biju People’s Organization), an Odisha-focused regional political party, as well as the state’s chief minister (2000– present).

In Cuttack, in what is now Odisha, Naveen Patnaik was born. His father was Bijayananda (Biju) Patnaik, a prominent figure in the campaign for Indian independence from Britain and a politician in Odisha who held the office of chief minister for the state for two periods (1961–1962, and 1990–1995). After earning his B.A. from the University of Delhi in 1967, Naveen Patnaik started writing. He was largely absent from politics throughout the many years he spent living overseas, including in the United States and other countries.

Only a short time before his father’s passing in April 1997, Patnaik traveled back to India. Naveen contested and won a by-election for his father’s empty Lok Sabha seat in June as a supporter of his father’s party, the Janata Dal (JD; People’s Party) (lower chamber of the Indian parliament). He was appointed to the Ministry of Steel and Mines’ Consultative Committee. After the JD opted not to join the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), a grouping of political parties that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was assembling to run in the impending Lok Sabha elections in 1998, he founded the BJD in December 1997. In the polls, Patnaik‘s BJD, which was a member of the NDA, did well, and he was re-elected in 1999. He was appointed in 1998 to lead the NDA government’s Ministry of Steel and Mines (which became the Ministry of Mines and Minerals in 1999).

In the 2000 elections for the Odisha state legislative assembly, the BJD and the BJP allied and gained a sizable majority of seats, ousting the long-ruling Indian National Congress (Congress Party) from office. After quitting his positions in the federal administration, Patnaik easily defeated his Congress Party rival and was elected as the chief minister of Odisha. His efforts to create a transparent and corrupt-free administration during his first term in office helped to cement his reputation as a moderate and uncorrupt political figure. He had to take action against a corrupt bureaucracy as well as senior BJD officials who had been charged with corruption during the process. Several initiatives to reduce poverty in the state were also started by his administration.

In 2004, Patnaik demanded early state assembly elections, and the BJD-BJP coalition once again gained a significant majority of seats. Even more convincingly than in 2000, Patnaik trounced his rival from the Congress party, and he was elected chief minister once more. Before the 2009 assembly elections, the BJD terminated its connections with the BJP. Running in the elections alone, the BJD won with its widest margin of victory yet and established the new state administration. In the 2014 elections, the party once again underperformed. Even as a wave of BJP victory swept through the majority of the nation, the BJD captured an additional ten percent of the seats that were up for grabs in the state’s legislative assembly. It remained strong in the 2019 elections, enabling Patnaik to become Odisha’s longest-serving chief minister with a fifth consecutive term.

Although Patnaik initially profited from his father’s standing in politics, he quickly made a name for himself as a well-liked leader in the state and was praised for being a trustworthy and effective administrator. He received criticism, too, for having trouble learning and speaking the state’s official language, Odia (Oriya), as well as for reading addresses written in Odia but transliterated into Roman script. In addition, despite his criticism of the central government’s mining policies, which he believed created barriers to Odisha’s economic development, he and his administration came under fire for failing to stop the state’s illegal mining operations, which depleted the state’s resources and damaged its ecology.

I am committed and content to work for the people of Odisha. I have no national ambitions whatsoever.

– Naveen Patnaik

childhood and early life

Biju Patnaik, a former chief minister of Odisha, and his wife, Gyan Devi, welcomed Naveen Patnaik into the world on October 16, 1946, in Cuttack. He received his education at The Doon School after attending the Welham Boys’ School in Dehradun. He was Sanjay Gandhi’s classmate at Doon, and Rajiv Gandhi, the future prime minister, was three years younger. He attended St. Stephen’s College of Delhi University after graduation to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.

When his father, Biju Patnaik passed away in 1997, Patnaik, an author, decided to enter politics. A year later, he founded the Biju Janata Dal, which bears his father’s name. This party won the state election with the BJP as its alliance and established the government in which Naveen Patnaik was appointed chief minister. His polite demeanor, “stand against corruption” stance, and “pro-poor policies” have helped him build a sizable support base in Odisha, which has elected him to the office for the last five terms in a row. Like his father, he has been able to maintain control over the bureaucracy and turn it into a tool for the state’s growth. People in the state have praised his austere lifestyle and disengagement from material possessions. A founding member of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage The author Gita Mehta is his older sister.

awards and achievements

In 2013, Naveen Patnaik supported 33 percent of women in the Parliament and Assembly, which was recognized by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).

In 2017, former President Pranab Mukherjee presented him with the Outlook Speakout Awards’ Best Administrator of the Country Award.

In 2018, he was given the Ideal Chief Minister Award by Pratibha Patil, a former president.

Naveen Patnaik received the FIH President’s Award in 2018 in recognition of his efforts to grow hockey in Odisha.

Naveen Patnaik received high accolades for carrying out his Mission Zero Casualty both before and after Cyclone Phalin, and The United Nations even awarded him a prize for it. Odhisa was the first Southeast Asian nation in Asia to get a UN award for disaster management.

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personal life and legacy

As the 14th Odisha’s CM Naveen Patnaik (born October 16, 1946) is an Indian politician. He has written three books, is the president of the Biju Janata Dal, and has other accomplishments. He has held the position for more than 20 years, making him the longest-serving chief minister of any Indian state as of 2022. He is also just the third Indian chief minister, after Pawan Chamling and Jyoti Basu, to be elected to five terms in a row as chief minister of a different Indian state.

Three books’ names are there: 

A Second Paradise: Indian Courtly Life 1590–1947 – Published in India, England, and the US

A Desert Kingdom: The People of Bikaner – Published in India, England, and the US

The Garden of Life: An Introduction to the Healing Plants of India – Published in India, England, and the US

naveen patnaik quotes

  • I believe that investment in sports is investment in youth. And that, in turn, is investment in the future.
  • Vajpayee had a much bigger stature than Mr. Modi. He knew how to run a coalition government very successfully.
  • There is a great deal of reward when you do good work and people see how successful that work is and the happiness it brings to them.
  • I want to clarify that as far as the Mahagathbandhan is concerned, the Biju Janata Dal is not a part of it.
  • My interest as a regional party is to support, or try and support, whichever party fulfils the aspirations of Odisha.
  • In Odisha, we have concentrated on people and their development. We hope to take Odisha to new heights.
  • I have inherited my father’s responsibilities, not privileges. One of the members of his family had to continue his legacy of social responsibility.
  • I am committed and content to work for the people of Odisha. I have no national ambitions whatsoever.
  • The aim of my government is to set up an industrial park at Dhamra. It will bring more investments to the state.
  • Vajpayeeji’s time was a time of mutual respect and understanding, irrespective of how small or big a party you are. In fact, Vajpayeeji’s handling of a coalition is something of a benchmark in world politics.
  • The people of Gujarat were always more prosperous than most other states. It is the people of Gujarat who should be given credit for the development of Gujarat.


  1. After graduating from college, he continued his education at some of India’s premier universities. He then turned to write and published four books between 1985 and 1993. When Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis visited India in 1983, he got to know her, and they collaborated on two novels.
  2. He was a seasoned traveler who made numerous trips both inside and outside of India. His love of reading and movies led to his landing a small part in the 1988 Pierce Bronson movie The Deceivers while he and his pals were on vacation.
  3. He joined the Janata Dal and won the seat held by his father, becoming an MP in his very first contest. He was shortly awarded the role of Union Minister of Mines in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee administration after being selected as a Cabinet Minister.
  4. When the Janata Dal broke apart in 1998, he founded the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and gave it his father’s name, Biju Patnaik.
  5. He ran in the Odisha legislative assembly elections in 2000, and his party prevailed thanks to a BJP coalition. His tenure as Chief Minister of Odisha officially began with this.
  6. He made many tough measures to combat state corruption during his first tenure as the CM. Many IAS officers, government employees, and politicians who had even the smallest connection to corruption were fired by him. As a result, he became incredibly well-liked by the general public and became known as a politician who practiced ethical leadership.
  7. The BJD left the BJP’s alliance in 2009 because the seat-sharing negotiations for Odhisa did not go as expected. The BJD won the 2009 assembly elections with a majority even after he left the alliance, and he was elected to a third term as chief minister.
  8. He didn’t get on social media until late 2015, which is interesting because, at the time, he didn’t have a phone.
  9. The only Chief Minister of India who is not fluent in the language spoken in his state is him. Leaders of the opposition frequently attack him for this. Although he speaks Hindi, French, and English well.
  10. As a result of the BJD’s victory in 2019, Naveen Patnaik was re-elected as chief minister of Odisha for a fifth term.
  11. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik delivered the inaugural address at this global sporting Hockey carnival, which is being held in Odisha for the second time in a row by the Odisha Government. In his inaugural address, the Odisha Chief Minister expressed his immense delight at the return of the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup to Odisha.
  12. Odisha Chief Minister took to Twitter and wrote, “It is a pleasure meeting popular actor Ranveer Singh ahead of Hockey World Cup 2023 celebrations at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack. I am sure his presence will add a lot of charm to the celebration. Let’s all join to celebrate the spirit of hockey.”


His longtime friend and BJD member Baijyant Panda left the party, stating that Naveen Patnaik was no longer who he once was and that the chief minister was doing little to stop the development of crime and corruption.

walked away from the BJP alliance because Patnaik‘s expectations were not met during the seat-sharing negotiations

Naveen Patnaik criticized Narendra Modi, alleging that the Prime Minister had broken his pledges.

He confronted the BJP administration on a leaked NSSO report indicating that unemployment was at a 45-year high.

He was accused of permitting the illegal extraction of iron ore worth $2,50,000 crores by Union Minister Srikant Jena in 2012.


According to the CM’s property disclosure, Mr. Patnaik owned immovable property worth 52.88 crores, all of which he inherited from his parents Biju and Gyan Patnaik.

He had two-thirds of the Naveen Nivas near the airport in Bhubaneswar, valued at roughly 9,52,46,190 INR, and a 50% interest in the property at 3, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Road, in New Delhi, valued at approximately 43,36,18,000 INR among his immovable assets (approximately).

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