Vijay Shekhar Sharma

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Vijay Shekhar Sharma
Vijay Shekhar Sharma in 2005
Born 08 July 1978
Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Delhi College of Engineering (now Delhi Technological University)
Occupation Founder & CEO of Paytm and One97 Communications Limited

Vijay Shekhar Sharma is an Indian entrepreneur, founder of mobile payments company Paytm[1] and India’s youngest billionaire. [2]

Early life[edit]

Sharma was born in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh. He cites Alibaba's founder Jack Ma and Masayoshi Son of Softbank as his inspirations.[3] He started college at Delhi College of Engineering at the age of 20.[4] In 1997, while in college, started the website and sold it two years later for $1 million.[5]


In 2000 he started one97 Communications which offered mobile content like news, cricket scores, ringtones, jokes and exam results. One97 is the parent company of Paytm, which was launched in 2010.[5]

In December 2015, Sharma criticised Facebook's Free Basics initiative in India, as being against the principle of net neutrality.[6][7]

In 2017, Vijay Shekhar Sharma was featured in the World Billionaire's List by Forbes. He acquired the 1567th rank becoming India's youngest man to be featured on the list. [8]


  • Honoris Causa Doctorate of Sciences (D.Sc.) Degree, Amity University Gurgaon, 2016 [9]
  • India Today magazine ranked him #18th in India's 50 Most powerful people of 2017 list.[10]
  • GQ India named him among the 50 Most Influential Young Indians for 2017. [11]

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