Sarosh Manekshaw was born in 1944 in Faizabad, India. He went to boarding school in his youth, and attended Indian Institute of Technology for college, studying chemical engineering. After graduating from college, he moved to Pittsburgh, PA for his graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh. During the economic downturn in the 70’s, the University of Pittsburgh stopped his assistantship, and he found a job at an environmental engineering consulting firm in Pittsburgh. He then moved down to Houston in 1976 and worked for Pennzoil. In 1998 he left Pennzoil to start his own private consulting firm. He lives with his wife in the West Houston area, and has a son who is a lawyer and currently lives in Dallas.