Vikram Sampath was born in Bangalore and did his early schooling there. He completed his engineering in Electronics and Masters in Mathematics from BITS-Pilani and subsequently did an M.B.A. in Finance from SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai. He has worked in many leading multinational firms like GE Money and Citibank and currently works as a Project Manager in a leading software company in Bangalore.
His first book, Spendours of Royal Mysore: The Untold Story of the Wodeyars has been widely acclaimed in India and won him the Crossword-Vodafone Book of the Year award for 2008 under the non-fiction category. Vikram publishes regularly in Indian dailies and magazines like The HIndu, Deccan Herald, Bangalore Mirror and Jet Wings. In addition, he is also a serious student of Carnatic music and has been training under various eminent practitioners of the art form.