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George Fernandes Biography, Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Caste, Wiki & More

Updated On : January 29, 2019

Short Biography

George Fernandes was born on 03-06-1930 in Mangalore in the state of Karnataka, India. He was an Indian Politician, Writer, Editor, Author, Journalist, Agriculturist & Founder of the Samata Party. He had served as a Railway Minister and Defence Minister of India.

George Fernandes Complete Bio & Career

George Fernandes was a renowned name in the world of politics. The 86-year old political leader held various portfolios at the Central Ministry. Born in 1930 in Madras Presidency, (Present Karnataka), he began his political career as a trade unionist. He was a native of Mangalore and had gone to Bangalore in 1946 to become a priest but instead, he moved to Bombay in 1949 and became the union leader of a Socialist Trade Union. He was very proactive and had even opposed Indira Gandhi openly during Emergency in 1975. He even had to go underground to prevent arrest. However, he was still arrested in 1976 and tried in Baroda Dynamite Case.
Post-lifting of Emergency he fought from Muzzafarpur Constituency, Bihar and won. He was given the charge of Union Minister of Industries and during his reign he ordered companies like IBM and Coca-Cola to leave India, citing investment violations. During 1989-1990 he was the Railway Minister and strongly promoted Konkan Railways project. When Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA formed Government in 1998, he was given the defense ministry. He played an important part in Pokhran Nuclear test and Kargil War.
George Fernandez had also written several books and articles in Konkani as well as the English language. The eloquent politician won Lok Sabha elections 9 times from 1967 onwards. He was fluent in various languages including Tulu, Marathi, Urdu, Tamil, Malayalam, Latin etc. In 1971, he married Leila Kabir daughter of Union Minister Humayun Kabir. They divorced in 1980 and since then he had been with Jaya Jaitley.

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Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

George Fernandes died on 29-01-2019 in New Delhi, India at the age 88. He was suffering from a prolonged illness. Before some days, he was caught by swine flu. The family member had taken him Hospital in New Delhi. On Tuesday morning i.e. 29th Jan 2019, the doctors declared that he is no more.

DEATHDAY 29 January,2019 (Sunday)

George Fernandes Family, Relatives and Other Relations

He was born to John Joseph Fernandes and Alice Martha. He had five brothers named Lawrence Fernandes, Michael Fernandes, Aloysius Fernandes, Paul Fernandes, and Richard Fernandes, He was married to Leila Kabir (Daughter of Bengali Poet & Novelist Humayun Kabir) from 1971 to 1980. He had a son named Sean Fernandes.

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Body Measurements

Skin Colour Wheatish
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Salt & Pepper

Personal Info

Home Town Mangalore
Nationality Indian
Religion Christianity
Address Bangalore, Karnataka, India
School Government School in Village
College St. Aloysius College, Mangalore
St. Peter's Pontifical Seminary, Bengaluru
Qualification SSLC
Drop-out Philosophy study after 2 and a half years
Hobbies Writing & Journalism
Marital Status Married
Best Friends Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website N/A


Favorite Color White, Light Grey, Light Green
Favorite Politician Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Favorite Dress Kurta Pajama
Favorite Food Homemade Healthy Food

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About George Fernandes

  • George Fernandes hated the Gandhi family even Indira Gandhi was terrified of him.
  • He got taken off from security list of VVIP by Bihar government.
  • He was a lead member of the Janata Dal and also the founder of Samata Party.
  • He has held several ministerial portfolios including industry, defence, communications, and railways
  • From 1980 to 1990, he was the main force behind the Konkan Railway project when he was railway minister.
  • When the Kargil war started he was defence minister in National Democratic alliance govt.
  • From 1967 to 2004, He had also won nine Lok Sabha election.
  • His close friends and family members were called him by the short name 'Gerry'.
  • His father wanted to become him, a lawyer.
  • He died on 29 Jan 2019.

George Fernandes Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

George Fernandes was 88 years 7 months & 26 days old age.