World's Richest IITian? This Indian-American Is Worth ₹91,000 Cr

Jay Chaudhry was born in Panoh, a small village in the Una district of Himachal Pradesh. Growing up without basic amenities like electricity and running water, Jay was determined to transcend the limitations of his environment. He envisioned a future where he would break free from his modest upbringing and achieve extraordinary success.

Jay’s journey began with a solid educational foundation. He earned a B.Tech in Electronics Engineering from IIT BHU Varanasi and later completed the Executive Management Program at Harvard Business School. Armed with knowledge and ambition, Jay embarked on a remarkable entrepreneurial path.

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In 1997, Jay founded SecureIT and CipherTrust, setting the stage for his future achievements. His entrepreneurial spirit didn’t stop there; he went on to establish other notable ventures, including AirDefense and CoreHarbor, each showcasing his exceptional business acumen and foresight.

Today, Jay is celebrated as an accomplished entrepreneur. He has founded a series of successful companies, with his latest venture, Zscaler, becoming a public company on March 16, 2018. The company is today worth around $28 billion. Zscaler began trading publicly on New York’s NASDAQ exchange in March 2018. Jay’s legacy includes introducing visionary innovations that meet the demand for securely enabling emerging technology trends.

And all this success has made him one of the richest people on the planet. As per the Bloomberg Billionaire Index, he is worth around $11 billion (around ₹91,300 crore) as of June 14. He is probably the richest IIT alumni way ahead of other wealthy alumni such as Syntel founder Bharat Desai and Infosys founders Narayan Murthy and Nandan Nilekani.

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