Vijay Shekhar Sharma
Vijay Shekhar Sharma
Vijay Shekhar Sharma in 2005
|Born||8 July 1978|
Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Education||Delhi College of Engineering (now Delhi Technological University)|
|Occupation||Businessman and entrepreneur|
|Known for||Founder & CEO of Paytm|
|Net worth||US$2.7 billion (July 2019)|
Vijay Shekhar Sharma (born 1978) is an Indian billionaire businessman. He is the founder of mobile payments company Paytm. Sharma was ranked as India's youngest billionaire in 2017 by the Forbes with a net worth of $2.1 billion.
Sharma was born in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh. He cites Alibaba's founder Jack Ma and Masayoshi Son of Softbank as his inspirations. He started college at Delhi College of Engineering at the age of 16. In 1997, while in college, he started the website indiasite.net, and sold it two years later for $1 million.
In 2000 he started one97 Communications which offers mobile content including news, cricket scores, ringtones, jokes and exam results. One97 is the parent company of Paytm, which was launched in 2010.
In 2017, Sharma appeared in Forbes' World Billionaire's List, the youngest Indian on the list. 
Awards and recognition
- "CEO of the Year" by the SABRE Awards, 2015
- The Exchange4media Group, Impact Person of the Year, 2016
- Honorary doctorate, Amity University Gurgaon, 2016
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- "Airtel's Sunil Mittal, Paytm's Vijay Shekar given honorary degrees by Amity University". DNA INDIA.com.
- "50 power people". India Today. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
- "Actor Ranveer Singh, Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma amongst the Most Influential Young Indians". The Economic Times. 8 July 2017. Retrieved 29 November 2017.