India’s richest tech billionaires in 2019

Wipro's Azim Premji, PayTM's Vijay Shekhar Sharma, and HCL's Shiv Nadar are among the 10 richest Indian tech billionairesBusiness Insider India

  • The Hurun Research Institute released a list of the top 100 billionaires, a few of whom are from the technology sector.
  • India’s richest tech billionaire is Wipro chairman, Azim Premji but he’s given away 30% more money than his own net worth.
  • Vijay Shekhar Sharma is India’s fourth richest tech billionaire but the only start up guy on the list.
India’s digital economy is growing, and is filling the coffers of innovators and others.

The IIFL Wealth Hurun Report India ranks the richest of Indians — and quite a few of them are from the technology sector.

Unlike other industries, globally tech billionaires are self-made, and come from humble beginnings. While India has a few who had legacy businessmen, a new set of entrepreneurs who bet on new-age technology like cloud, mobile payments and digital ad platforms also managed to make their moolah and hence made it to the list.
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Scroll on to see India’s 10 richest tech billionaires and their net worth:
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​Azim Premji — ₹117,100 crore

​Azim Premji — ₹117,100 crore

Wipro chairman Azim Premji is the richest tech billionaire in India. His net worth of ₹117,100 crore is over 2,000% greater than the average wealth of the list — ₹5,300 crore.


But, he gets ‘no thrills’ from riches and has given away 30% more than his net worth — ₹148,925 crore.

​Shiv Nadar — ₹43,500 crore

​Shiv Nadar — ₹43,500 crore

Source: BCCL

The founder and chairman of HCL, Shiv Nadar, is India’s second richest tech billionaire. Nadar received the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian award, in 2008 for his efforts in the IT industry.

His contributions to philanthropy stand at ₹7,091 crore.

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​Roshni Nadar — ₹36,800 crore

​Roshni Nadar — ₹36,800 crore

Source: BCCL

Daughter of Shiv Nadar and CEO of HCL Enterprise, Roshni Nadar, comes in third with a net worth of ₹36,800. She was also 51st on the Forbes ‘World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’ rankings in 2017.

Jay Chaudhry — ₹36,700 crore

Jay Chaudhry — ₹36,700 crore

Source: Zscaler

Founder, chairman and CEO of Zscaler — a global cloud-based information security company — Jay Chaudhry is India’s fourth richest tech billionaire.

Some of the other companies he has founded include CipherTrust, AirDefense, CoreHarbor and Secure IT.

Founder and executive vice chairman of Info Edge, Naukri.com’s parent company, Sanjeev Bikhchandani is the 9th richest Indian tech billionaire.

Info Edge was the first Indian company to go public in India the domestic stock market. Earlier, other Indian dot com firms like Rediff and Sify also went public — but only in the US stock exchange, Nasdaq.

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​Vijay Shekhar Sharma — ₹20,400 crore

​Vijay Shekhar Sharma — ₹20,400 crore

Source: BCCL

The founder of PayTM — India’s first homegrown mobile payments company — Vijay Shekhar Sharma is the fourth richest tech billionaire in India. More notably, he’s the only entrepreneur from a start-up to feature in the top 50 of the IIFL Wealth Hurun India Rich List 2019.

Sharma’s net worth stands at ₹20,500 — higher than Airtel’s Sunnil Mittal and Mahindra Group’s Anand Mahindra, who are veteran Indian businessmen.

​Divyank Turakhia — ₹13,000 crore

​Divyank Turakhia — ₹13,000 crore

Source: Wikimedia

Divyank Turakhia, the founder of Media.net is the fifth richest Indian tech billionaire. When sold Media.net to a Chinese consortium in 2016 for $900 million, it was the third largest ad-tech deal ever.

He’s also one of the youngest on the list at the age of 37 years against the average age 60 years in the list.

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​Kavitark Ram Shriram — ₹11,600 crore

​Kavitark Ram Shriram — ₹11,600 crore

Source: Wikimedia

Kavitark Ram Shriram is one of the founding board members of Google. He has also worked with Amazon, Junglee and Netscape in the past.

In 2000, Shriram started his own company — Sherpalo — which is a venture capital firm that invests in new disruptive technologies.

​Romesh T Wadhwani — ₹11,600 crore

​Romesh T Wadhwani — ₹11,600 crore

Source: BCCL

Romesh T Wadwhwani is an Indian-American billionaire who is the founder, chairman and CEO of Symphony Technology Group (STG). He founded the private equity firm for software, Internet and technology services companies in 2002.

STG made investments in companies like IBS, MSC Software, Dodge Data and Analytics, Winshuttle and System C.

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​Sanjeev Bikhchandani — ₹10,700 crore

​Sanjeev Bikhchandani — ₹10,700 crore

Source: BCCL

Founder and executive vice chairman of Info Edge, Naukri.com’s parent company, Sanjeev Bikhchandani is the 9th richest Indian tech billionaire.

Info Edge was the first Indian company to go public in India. Earlier, other Indian dot com firms like Rediff and Sify also went public — but only in the US stock exchange, Nasdaq.

​Thomas Kurian — ₹10,600 crore

​Thomas Kurian — ₹10,600 crore

Source: Oracle

The CEO of Google Cloud and former president of product development at Oracle, Thomas Kurian is the last of the top 10 richest Indian tech billionaires.

In 2010, Kurian was the 18th highest-paid man in the US, according to CNN. He was also the 5th highest paid tech executive during the same year.

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