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Vijay Shekhar Sharma (born 1978) is an Indian billionaire businessman. He is the founder of mobile payments company Paytm.[2]

Vijay Shekhar Sharma
Vijay Shekhar Sharma in 2005
Born8 July 1978
Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
EducationDelhi College of Engineering (now Delhi Technological University)
OccupationBusinessman and entrepreneur
Known forFounder & CEO of Paytm
Net worthUS$2.7 billion (July 2019)[1]

Sharma was ranked as India's youngest billionaire in 2017 by the Forbes with a net worth of $2.1 billion.[3]


Early lifeEdit

Sharma was born in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh. He cites Alibaba's founder Jack Ma and Masayoshi Son of Softbank as his inspirations.[4] He started college at Delhi College of Engineering at the age of 16.[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 offers 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 December 2015, Sharma criticised Facebook's free basics initiative in India, as being against the principle of net neutrality.[7][8]

In 2017, Sharma appeared in Forbes' World Billionaire's List, the youngest Indian on the list. [9]

Awards and recognitionEdit

  • "CEO of the Year" by the SABRE Awards, 2015[10]
  • The Exchange4media Group, Impact Person of the Year, 2016[12]
  • Honorary doctorate, Amity University Gurgaon, 2016[13]
  • India Today magazine 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]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Vijay Sekhar Sharma". Forbes. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  2. ^ Jog, Natasha (20 August 2015). "Began College at 15, Has Billion-Dollar Firm at 37".
  3. ^ "Paytm's Vijay Shekhar Sharma ranked India's youngest billionaire in Forbes's latest list | Forbes India". Forbes India. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Vijay Sharma, Paytm: an for India". Financial Times.
  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. ^ BS Reporter (22 December 2015). "Do a jihad for independent internet, oppose Facebook Basics: Paytm's Vijay Shekhar Sharma".
  8. ^ "Free Basics: Zuckerberg in talks with Paytm's Vijay Shekhar and others to seek support". 30 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Paytm's Vijay Shekhar Sharma ranked India's youngest billionaire in Forbes's latest list | Forbes India". Forbes India. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  10. ^ "Paytm's Vijay Shekhar Sharma Named as CEO of the Year by SABRE Awards 2015". Financial Express. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  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.