An entrepreneur is defined as an individual who undertakes
or set-ups a business with the motive of earning profit.
Did you know?
India has over 76 million entrepreneurs!
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Vijay Shekhar Sharma is an Indian technology entrepreneur and billionaire businessman.
He is the Chairman, Managing Director and CEO of One97 Communications and its
consumer brand Paytm. He founded Paytm in 2010.
Born: 15 July 1978 (age 44 years), Aligarh
Organizations founded: Paytm, One97 Communications, Paytm Payments Bank
Education: Delhi Technological University (1994–1998)
Spouse: Mridula Sharma (m. 2005)
Children: Vivaan Sharma
Parents: Sulom Prakash Sharma, Asha Sharma
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He faced difficulty in his studies Delhi College of Engineering because he did not
speak English. In 1997, while in college Sharma started the website indiasite.net,
and sold it two years later for $1 million.
He started One97 Communications which offered mobile content including news,
cricket scores, ringtones, jokes and exam results. One97 Communications Limited
is the parent company of Paytm , India’s leading digital payments and financial
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• He is the founder of Paytm Mobile Solutions Private limited and serves as its
chief Executive Officer. Mr. Sharma founded One97 Communications Ltd in
2000 and serves as its chairman, Managing director and Chief Executive
Throughout his life, Vijay wanted to be a bird who has freedom, he never wanted to be a
horse who runs the same track over and over again!
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Awards and recognition
• Ranked the Youngest Indian Billionaire by Forbes magazine.
• Awarded the Impact Person of the Year Award in 2016.
• In 2018, he was named the Entrepreneur of the Year by AIMA.
• Won the Best Serial Entrepreneur Award at the Rural and Urban
Development Summit and Awards 2022 presented by the Minister of
State for Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India.
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What are the qualities of the best entrepreneur in India?
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Self-motivated Creative Profit motive Hardworking
Vijay Shekhar Sharma- An Inspiration
Vijay has been the face of the economically backward section of Indian
society. Even though he came from a family that had financial issues, he was
able to break the barriers and work for the betterment of society. It is no
doubt that Vijay is one of the biggest names in the Indian Startup circuit!
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Your ideas and skills can make you a billionaire, but you need to be
hardworking and innovative to make it to the top. Entrepreneurs act as the
main pillar of our economy due to their amazing ideas and startups, which
make opportunities and provide them to all.
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