AGENDA
VIJAY SHEKHAR SHARMA
Founder, Paytm

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

BACKGROUND: He has a bachelor's degree in electronics and communication engineering from˙Delhi College of Engineering˙(now DTU).˙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 offered 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 Billionaires List, the youngest Indian on the list. He cites˙Alibaba's˙founder˙Jack Ma˙and˙Masayoshi Son˙of˙Softbank˙as his inspirations.