- 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...