15 May, 2021

Sanjeev Bikhchandani, Naukri.com

Quitting a corporate job, Bikhchandani started Info Edge and Indmark, ­working out of a servant’s ­quarter for which he paid his dad Rs 800.

Photograph by Vishal Koul
Sanjeev Bikhchandani, Naukri.com
  • With a net worth of Rs 4,285 crore, he is one of India’s ­richest 100


Sanjeev Bikhchandani’s may be our classic modern fable—a norm-­defying childhood dream, a long and lone struggle, and then a leaping success. As a 12-year-old, when most boys dream of fighter jets or gladiatorial sport, Bikhchandani dreamt of ­becoming an ent­re­preneur. He navigated through the economics-plus-MBA route (his parents ­wanted him to become a doctor or engineer) and quit a well-paying corporate job while still in his 20s. Pursuing an independent business, he started Info Edge and ­Indmark, developing them while working out of a servant’s quarter, for which he paid his dad Rs 800. One did surveys and the other was a database of trademarks; both aggregated valuable information.

If Info Edge doesn’t ring a bell, think Naukri.com. India’s leading job portal was an idea that came to Bikhchandani during his days at HMM (now Glaxo­­SmithKline), where he saw his...

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