Vijay Shekhar Sharma

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Vijay Shekhar Sharma
Born (1978-07-08) 8 July 1978 (age 42)
Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
EducationDelhi College of Engineering (now Delhi Technological University)
Known forFounder & CEO of Paytm
Net worthUS$2.3 billion (September 2020)[1]

Vijay Shekhar Sharma (born 1978) is an Indian billionaire businessman. He is the founder of financial technology company Paytm.[2] Sharma was ranked as India's youngest billionaire in 2017 by Forbes with a net worth of $2.1 billion.[3] He was in the list of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in 2017.[4]

Education and career[edit]

Sharma has a bachelor's degree in electronics and communication engineering from Delhi College of Engineering (now DTU).[5] In 1997, while in college, he started the website, and sold it two years later for $1 million.[6]

In 2000, he started one97 Communications which offered mobile content including news, cricket scores, ringtones, jokes and exam results. One97 is the parent company of Paytm, which was launched in 2010.[6]

In 2017, Sharma appeared in Forbes' World Billionaire's List, the youngest Indian on the list.[7] He cites Alibaba's founder Jack Ma and Masayoshi Son of Softbank as his inspirations.[8]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • "CEO of the Year" by the SABRE Awards, 2015[9]
  • "Most Coveted ‘India’s Innovative CEO" Award, 2015 [10]
  • The Exchange4media Group, Impact Person of the Year, 2016[12]
  • Honorary doctorate, Amity University Gurgaon, 2016[13]
  • India Today ranked him #18th in India's 50 most powerful people of 2017[14]
  • GQ India named him among the 50 Most Influential Young Indians for 2017[15]

Personal life[edit]

Vijay Shekhar Sharma is the son of a simple school teacher.[10] He is married, with one child, and lives in Delhi, India.[1] Vijay began his college life at the age of just 15 years and graduated as an engineer at 19 years. He was doing his college studies when he started a website and later on sold it for $1 million within few years.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Forbes profile: Vijay Sekhar Sharma". Forbes. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  2. ^ Jog, Natasha (20 August 2015). "Began College at 15, Has Billion-Dollar Firm at 37".
  3. ^ Giri, Manish Kumar. "Paytm's Vijay Shekhar Sharma ranked India's youngest billionaire in Forbes's latest list | Forbes India". Forbes India. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  4. ^ "The 100 Most Influential People in the World". Time. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Began College at 15, Has Billion-Dollar Firm at 37". Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  6. ^ a b "The king of cash". Calcutta: The Telegraph.
  7. ^ "Paytm's Vijay Shekhar Sharma ranked India's youngest billionaire in Forbes's latest list | Forbes India". Forbes India. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Vijay Sharma, Paytm: an for India". Financial Times.
  9. ^ "Paytm's Vijay Shekhar Sharma Named as CEO of the Year by SABRE Awards 2015". Financial Express. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  10. ^ a b c "Interesting facts of PayTM founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma". Business Insider.
  11. ^ "ET Awards for Corporate Excellence: Paytm's Vijay Shekhar Sharma chosen as Entrepreneur of the Year". Economic Times. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  12. ^ "Vijay Shekhar Sharma wins IMPACT Person of The Year 2016 Award". Exchange4media. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  13. ^ "Airtel's Sunil Mittal, Paytm's Vijay Shekar given honorary degrees by Amity University". DNA
  14. ^ "50 power people". India Today. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  15. ^ "Actor Ranveer Singh, Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma amongst the Most Influential Young Indians". The Economic Times. 8 July 2017. Retrieved 29 November 2017.