|July 08, 1978
|Delhi, India, India
|Vijay Shekhar Sharma age
|44 YEARS OLD
|Delhi College of Engineering (now Delhi Technological University)
|Founder & CEO of Paytm and One97 Communications Limited
Vijay Shekhar Sharma, the renowned entrepreneur and business tycoon, is estimated to have a net worth of $2.4 billion in the year 2024. Hailing from India, Sharma is widely recognized for his distinctive leadership in the service sector. He is the founder and CEO of Paytm, a popular digital payments platform in India, and has played a significant role in transforming the country's digital landscape. Sharma's extraordinary entrepreneurial journey and visionary mindset have propelled him to great heights, making him one of India's wealthiest individuals.
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 15. In 1997, while in college, started the website indiasite.net and sold it two years later for $1 million.
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.
In December 2015, Sharma criticised Facebook's Free Basics initiative in India, as being against the principle of net neutrality.
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.