Jay Shetty

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Jay Shetty
Jay Shetty Headshot 2021.jpg
Born (1987-09-06) 6 September 1987 (age 34)
Alma materQueen Elizabeth's School, Barnet (Grammar School)
CASS, CUL (BSc Econ)
Years active2013–present
Notable work
Think Like a Monk[1]
Spouse(s)Radhi Devlukia[2]
Awards11th Shorty Awards

Jay Shetty (born 6 September 1987) is an English author, former Hindu monk, and life coach of Indian descent.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9] As the host of the podcast On Purpose, his guests have included Alicia Keys, Khloe Kardashian, and Kobe Bryant, resulting in 64 million downloads.[10] He has appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show,[11] A Little Late with Lilly Singh[12] and Today to discuss mental health and life purpose.[13][14]


In business school, Shetty met Gauranga Das, a monk invited to speak at the school on selflessness and living a minimalist lifestyle.[10] Shetty spoke with Gauranga after his talk and followed him for the remainder of Gauranga's lecture circuit around the United Kingdom.[15] He spent four summers in India interning at corporations and training with the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, known as the Hare Krishna movement or Hare Krishnas, and three years[16] living a Vedic monk lifestyle at an ashram in Mumbai, India.[17][18]

Shetty began his career at Accenture, working on digital strategy and as a social media coach for the company's executives.[19][20] His work caught the attention of Arianna Huffington, who hired him to produce videos for Huffington Post in New York,[19][21] during which time he created the most viewed Facebook video of 2018.[22] Topics of his video include relationships, wellness, mental health, and purpose.[5][23] Shetty has interviewed Russell Simmons, Deepak Chopra, Kobe Bryant, and through Huffington Post, Tim Ferriss.[24][25]

Shetty was included on Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe in 2017. Shetty was recognized on the National Geographic Chasing Genius Council 2017[26] and the Asian Media Awards 2016 Best Blog.[27] Shetty has been featured on the BBC and has spoken to audiences at Google, Nasdaq, HSBC, and Barclays.[28] Shetty was the recipient of awards at the 2016 ITV Asian Media Awards[29] and the 2018 Streamy Awards.[30]

The host of the podcast On Purpose, Shetty reached 64 million downloads in his first year.[10] On Purpose became the number one health podcast in the world according to Forbes.[31][32]

In April 2019, Shetty was honoured with the Outstanding Achievement Online Award at The Asian Awards and in May 2019 he won Best in Health & Wellness at the 11th Shorty Awards.[33]

In 2019, when accused of plagiarizing quotes, 113 posts were removed from Shetty’s Instagram.[34][35] Since the accusation, Shetty has been more careful with attribution.[36]

Shetty was the cover story of AdWeek magazine's Young Influentials issue in 2019.[37] Shetty is the cofounder of a video production company, Icon Media, along with Alex Kushneir.[38][19]

In 2020, Shetty released the book Think Like a Monk through Simon & Schuster.[39][40] The book offers advice on reducing stress and improving focus, based on Shetty's experiences from the ashram.[15] In September 2020, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Amazon named the book on their bestseller lists.[41][42][36] In 2022, Shetty joined meditation-product company, Calm, as its first Chief Purpose Officer.[43]

In 2021, Shetty and wife, Radhi, launched Sama Tea, an adaptogenic brand inspired by Ayurveda.[44]


Nicole Arbour has claimed Shetty plagiarized a number of quotes in his social media marketing material.[45] On August 21, Shetty deleted 113 supposedly plagiarized posts from his Instagram.[34][35][36]

Personal life[edit]

Shetty, a British Indian, grew up in North London with his parents and younger sister.[15] His mother is a Gujarati and father is a Tuluva.[46] He attended Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet[47] then went on to graduate from the Cass Business School at the City, University of London.[5] Shetty lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Radhi Devlukia Shetty.[36]


  1. ^ "The 75 Percent Rule for Success Jay Shetty Learned as a Monk". Inc. magazine. 4 September 2020. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  2. ^ "The untold truth of Jay Shetty's wife- Radhi Devlukia-Shetty". Retrieved 2021-11-16.
  3. ^ "Opting Out Of The Media Mind Game, An Excerpt From The NY Times Best-Seller 'Think Like A Monk' By Jay Shetty". CBS. 23 September 2020. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  4. ^ "How to manage worries during these uncertain times? Know from monk turned storyteller". Philippine Star. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  5. ^ a b c "Facebook Goes Global in Courting Creators, Including YouTubers". Variety. 10 February 2019. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Meet Jay Shetty, the Motivational Vlogger and Ex-Monk Who Has Fans in the Kardashians & Ellen DeGeneres". People Magazine. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  7. ^ "Facebook Goes Global in Courting Creators, Including YouTubers". India Times. 25 March 2019. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Success In 10 Minutes: Finding Purpose with Jay Shetty Author and Former Monk". Forbes Middle East. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  9. ^ Bhavani, Divya Kala (2018-02-19). "Jay Shetty on redefining relationship goals". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2021-08-13.
  10. ^ a b c "'I'm living my highest purpose': mogul monk Jay Shetty on free market teachings". The Guardian. 12 September 2020. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  11. ^ "Motivational Speaker Jay Shetty Stops by the Ellen Show for the First Time!". EllenTube. 19 March 2019. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  12. ^ Who Gets Tatted on Live TV - Lilly, Jay Shetty or Humble the Poet? - YouTube
  13. ^ "Meet Jay Shetty, a former monk making 'wisdom go viral'". Today. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  14. ^ "Jay Shetty Offers Tips For Surviving Quarantine With Your Partner". ET Online. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  15. ^ a b c "Jay Shetty: 'I want to help people find calm in the chaos'". Eastern Eye. 16 September 2020. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  16. ^ "How to Live With More Intention, According to Former Monk Jay Shetty". GQ. 9 October 2020. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  17. ^ "These 3 Indian-origin men are set to change the world for the better". Vogue India. 15 August 2018. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  18. ^ Hoyle, Ben. "Jay Shetty: how to think like a monk (and make millions from mindfulness)". The Times. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  19. ^ a b c "Social media phenomenon Jay Shetty on his wild journey from monk to entrepreneur — and why he says being disappointed is a normal part of a meaningful life". Business Insider. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  20. ^ "Influencer Jay Shetty says successful people share 3 traits". Yahoo! Finance. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  21. ^ "Jay Shetty". Huffington Post. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  22. ^ "Surprise: A New Analysis of 777 Million Facebook Posts Reveals Positivity Outperforms Negativity". INC. 14 January 2019. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  23. ^ "Jada Pinkett Smith Discusses Love Relationships with Jay Shetty". People. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  24. ^ "Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe: Media". Forbes. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  25. ^ "Meet Jay Shetty, the Motivational Vlogger and Ex-Monk Who Has Fans in the Kardashians & Ellen DeGeneres". People. Retrieved 19 Feb 2020.
  26. ^ Nunez, Christina (July 27, 2017). "An Ex-Monk's Advice on How to Follow Your True Path". National Geographic News. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  27. ^ "Jay Shetty: How He's Mastered The New Media Landscape". Forbes. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  28. ^ "Jay Shetty". Huffington Post. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  29. ^ "Jay Shetty Wins Espoke Living Best Blog Award 2016". Asian Media Awards. 7 November 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  30. ^ "8th Annual Nominees & Winners". Streamys. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  31. ^ "Jay Shetty Teaches You How To Think Like A Monk". Forbes. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  32. ^ "Social Media Star Jay Shetty On How To Think Like A Monk". Grazia magazine. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  33. ^ "Winners of the 9th Asian Awards". The Asian Awards. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  34. ^ a b "YouTuber Nicole Arbour Exposes Internet Guru And Ex-Monk Jay Shetty, Accuses Him Of Plagiarism!". IndiaTimes. 2019-08-27. Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  35. ^ a b "BeingIndian.com". Beingindian. Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  36. ^ a b c d "Internet Star 'Exposes' Award-Winning Life Coach Jay Shetty for Plagiarizing Quotes". The National. 27 August 2019. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  37. ^ "On the Adweek Podcast: Jay Shetty Is Making Wisdom Go Viral". AdWeek. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  38. ^ "Influencer Jay Shetty's Icon Media sets shop in India". Exchange Media. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  39. ^ "Former monk Jay Shetty on coronavirus stress: Find things that bring you joy". AdWeek. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  40. ^ "Jay Shetty, Author, Former Monk - Brief But Spectacular". PBS. 30 April 2020. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  41. ^ "Bestselling Books Week Ended September 19". The Wall Street Journal. 24 September 2020. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  42. ^ "Opting Out Of The Media Mind Game, An Excerpt From The NY Times Best-Seller 'Think Like A Monk' By Jay Shetty". CBS. 23 September 2020. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  43. ^ "Calm Announces Former Monk Jay Shetty as Chief Purpose Officer". Athletech News. Retrieved 27 April 2022.
  44. ^ . World Tea News https://www.worldteanews.com/products-equipment/sama-tea-launches-community-focus-80000-its-waitlist. Retrieved 28 April 2022. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  45. ^ "Internet Star 'Exposes' Award-Winning Life Coach Jay Shetty for Plagiarizing Quotes". News18. 2019-08-27. Retrieved 2022-07-04.
  46. ^ @theshilpashetty (3 July 2019). "We are Shetty, and speak the same language. No it's Not TULU...it's the language of gratitude..." Retrieved 5 September 2021 – via Instagram.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  47. ^ "Award-winning vlogger, filmmaker, online personality and former monk Jay Shetty (OE 1999–2006) has now been named in the 2017 Forbes European 30 Under 30". Queen Elizabeth’s School. 20 February 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2019.

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