Grew Up In Slums, Started His Own Company At 16 And Became A Billionaire At 25

Success is not something that can be inherited but has to be earned by sheer hard work. If you continue to work harder without worrying too much about the outcome then one day success will come knocking at your door. Every businessman has a desire to grow their business to a new height and see constant progress.

But not every individual works to become successful. Gurbaksh Chahal is one such person who became one of the most successful entrepreneurs and got himself placed on the billionaire list after spending his childhood in Indian slums.

At the age of 16, he left his studies to start his first company and by age 25, he was also able to establish two internet advertising companies worth Rs 23 million and began dealing with big companies such as Alliance Data and Yahoo. This Indian-origin entrepreneur is known as the Advertising King across the world.

Gurbaksh was born in Tarn Taran Sahib, Punjab, and was only three-year-old when his family shifted to America. In a new land, the family lived in slums and somehow managed to make their ends meet by doing small businesses. Since childhood, Gurbaksh had a lot of interest in technology, internet etc but he could not do much as they lacked resources. However, increasing interest in internet advertising encouraged Gurbaksh to quit schooling and start his own company. At the age of 16, he opened his first company called ClickAgents.

Gurbaksh was working hard to be successful with his company. At that time, the ad-tech was a new concept and the demand for advertising was also very low. He did not get any contract for the first six months. Although disappointed, he never thought of giving up and continued with his gruelling efforts. After a few months, he got a contract for advertising click program from a programmer in London. Gradually, customers started to respond and the company grew bigger. When the number of their subscribers increased, he started two more companies called “BlueLithium” and “RadiumOne”.

In 2007, Gurbaksh sold Bluelithium to Yahoo for $300 million (about Rs 2,000 crore). After this deal, everyone in the world of the ad-technology became familiar with the name of Gurbaksh. This deal made him a billionaire at the age of 25 years. He did not stop there and continue to grow his Internet advertising business. He created another company named “Gravity4”, which is headquartered in San Francisco.

Gurbaksh was once called as a guest in the famous TV show of America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, for his talent and his amazing performance. He was also awarded the honor of being the most eligible bachelor.

Today, one of the youngest billionaires Gurbaksh, who once traveled to America from India and lived his entire childhood in an American slum, is considered as an idol for youth across the world.

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