While most of us strive to become successful, there are hundreds of people out there who have achieved success and became billionaires.
Their success stories have made them eligible to serve as role models or inspirations for the generations of today. It is the hard work that they have put in, which made them what they are today.
To acknowledge the efforts and hard work of these people, Forbes magazine publishes a list of the billionaires from all over the world every year.
As we say Rome was not built in a day, the same goes for these people who not only took the burden on their shoulders of making their organizations flourish at such a young age, but also made their businesses sustainable and successful, and prospered with time.
Below is the list of the top 10 billionaires marking a place in the Forbes magazine as the youngest Indian businessmen for 2018.
Age: 40 years
Forbes Ranking: 1394
Real Time Net worth: $2.2 Billion
The life story of Vijay Shekhar Sharma, 40, is no less than a feature film. From being a son of a school teacher hailing from a small city in northern parts of India to becoming the richest and the youngest billionaire of India, his journey is truly an inspiration for most of us.
He founded India’s most-used mobile wallet, Paytm, in 2011 to make the payments system in India more digital and easily accessed on mobile.
Currently, he owns a stake of 16 percent in the company. To add to his expertise, he is the man behind the creation of Paytm Mall and Paytm Payments Bank.
Paytm has around 250 million registered users and 7 million transactions are carried out by people daily.
Every single thing has been enrolled on this app, be it mobile recharge, booking movie tickets, recharging metro cards, or donating for a social cause (Kerala floods), you can do everything with just one click.
Age: 41 years
Forbes Ranking: 1561
Real Time Net worth: $1.5 Billion
At the age of 41, Shamsheer Vayalil occupies an important position as the founder and Managing Director of VPS Healthcare, a network of hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies. Born into a business family in Kerala, he was medical studies aspirant from his childhood. He completed his education in medicine and later on pursued his MD in radiology. After completing his education, he migrated to Abu Dhabi and worked as a radiologist for a year. In 2007, he opened his first hospital and later diversified it into a full-fledged business in different regions including India. His VPS Healthcare owns the famous Rockland Hospital chain in Delhi. Recently in late 2017, he acquired a 22 percent stake in an investment firm, Amanat Holdings and became its vice-chairman and managing director.
3. Sameer Gehlaut of Indiabulls Group
Age: 44 years
Forbes Ranking: 729
Real Time Net worth: $4.6 Billion
Sameer Gehlaut, Chairman and Managing Director of Indiabulls Group, is counted among the youngest self-made first generation businessmen. He is one of the most abiding success stories in the business firmament of India. An engineer from IIT, Delhi, Gehlaut led his company from the forefront and it is through his visionary and compelling leadership that the company has emerged as India’s most diversified and successful conglomerates. It is his dedication that took Indiabulls to such great heights and continues to be acknowledged and awarded with both national and international distinctions.
Age: 45 years
Forbes Ranking: 1284
Real Time Net worth: $1.9 Billion
Bengaluru-based billionaire Ranjai Pai has settled for a big place in the Indian healthcare sector bringing him into the direct playoffs against the market leader, Apollo Hospitals. Ranjan Pai, 45, is a young doctor by profession who is the Chairman of the Manipal Education and Medical Group. The group focuses on education, healthcare, and research. It has about six colleges and 16 hospitals under its umbrella. More than one lakh students are enrolled in the famous Manipal University has campuses in Dubai, Malaysia, Antigua, and Nepal. As per the reports, Pai is planning to acquire a stake in the US-based Cigna’s Indian joint venture to expand his business to health insurance.
Age: 46 years
Forbes Ranking: 274
Real Time Net worth: $4.8 Billion
Acharya Balkrishna, chairman of Patanjali Ayurved, is an unbelievable story in himself. How he rose to fame teaching yoga to people and became a billionaire business tycoon definitely deserves a round of applause. From being a yoga guru to running one of India’s fastest growing FMCG company, his life journey serves as an inspiration. In the times of scientifically-manufactured products, he has left no stones unturned in making the people of the country go for his Ayurved based products. He owns a stake of 98.6 percent in the company, which he co-founded with yoga guru Baba Ramdev. Marking a place in the billionaires’ list of Forbes with a net worth of $6.1 billion, he now stands at par with really influential people in the list.
Age: 48 years
Forbes Ranking: 1157
Real Time Net worth: $1.9 Billion
Real-estate magnate Vikas Oberoi is the Chairman and Managing Director of the Mumbai-listed Oberoi Realty Limited which well-known for its expensive and luxurious suburban apartments. Oberoi has over 20 years of experience in this sector and takes care of the planning and management execution of the company. He currently owns a Westin hotel in the suburbs of Mumbai and is constructing the city’s first Carlton hotel and residences which will open this year. His idea behind the constructions by his company is to build schools, hotels, and malls around residential areas to give a luxury appeal to the Mumbai city.
Age: 48 years
Forbes Ranking: 1215
Real Time Net worth: $2.3 Billion
Arvind Tiku is the founder and the current Managing Director of AT Capital Group. He was born in India but later migrated to Singapore in 2007 becoming its resident. Being a medical engineering student, he always has interests in property, oil and gas, and renewable energy which he cultivated through his company. At the age of 18, he left India to pursue medical engineering in Russia and was employed as a commodities trader before entering into oil and gas business in Kazakhstan. He also enjoys a stake in London-listed Nostrum Oil & Gas. Tiku has made investments in India’s renewable energy projects which are meant for sale.
Age: 49 years
Forbes Ranking: 1867
Real Time Net worth: $1.4 Billion
Amit Burman is the man behind the processed foods of Dabur. He took the business to the forefront as the CEO of Dabur Foods in 1999 and got into the business of processed foods with a wide range of cooking pastes and chutneys, and packaged fruit juices making the brand a trusted household name. After completing his MBA from Cambridge University, he worked in Dabur’s industrial engineering department and went on to lead the company as a CEO with utmost dedication. Burman decided to step down from the post of CEO when the company was consolidated into Dabur India Ltd. in July 2007.
Age: 51 years
Forbes Ranking: 127
Real Time Net worth: $10.2 Billion
Just like an ordinary heir, Kumar Birla took over the reigns of the Aditya Birla Group in 1995 as a Chairman under unforeseen circumstances of the death of his father Aditya Vikram Birla. He was 28 years old then and today he heads one of the biggest conglomerate corporations of the country. He not just carried his family’s torch of business but managed it in the most inexplicable way. The Aditya Birla Group runs various segments, from cement to aluminum and financial to telecom services. Kumar Birla also stands at a prominent position in many famous educational institutions like as a Chancellor of the Birla Institute of Technology & Science and the chairman of Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He orchestrated the tie-up between his Idea Cellular and Vodafone India in March 2017 to compete against Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio.
Age: 52 years
Forbes Ranking: 1103
Real Time Net worth: $1.72 Billion
Giving a kick-start to his career by entering his father’s construction business, Jitendra Virwani continued to establish his own Dynasty Developers in 1993 by borrowing money from his friends. Later on, he renamed his Dynasty Developers as Embassy Property Developments, which became Bengaluru’s largest developers of office parks. This company is behind the city’s most sprawling business parks and housing firms such as Microsoft, IBM, and Target. The partners of Embassy comprise of private equity firms like Warburg Pincus and Blackstone. Virmani’s business also enjoys international presence as it is building a business park in Serbia. He has associated himself with charitable causes and funds a government school for poor kids.