Prithviraj Chavan is basically from village Kumbhargaon Tal:Patan Dist;Satara was born in Maratha family in Indore to D. R. Chavan. He has a B.E (Hons in Mechanical Engineering) from BITS, Pilani and also a M.S. from University of California, Berkeley. He spent some time working in the field of aircraft instrumentation and designing audio recorders for anti-submarine warfare in the US before returning to India and entering Indian politics.
Chavan started his political career in 1991, and won the family seat of Karad thrice, in '91, '96 and '98 and lost it in 1999.