Div Turakhia Became a Billionaire

Rags to riches story of a hidden entrepreneur who has recently joined the billionaires club

Divyank Turakhia

They say some people are born with the Midas touch, that is to say, that whatever they delve into or venture into they always come out making lucrative profits.

What traits or qualities do these young entrepreneurs have that the average Joe does not. Intrepid, daring, risk takers, far-sighted, ingrained business acumen or just sheer street-smart bravado.

On the other hand, one can argue that this is all providential and it was predestined for them to become billionaires in life.

There are many people who have really made it big simply because they have worked hard, realized the importance of money, and through their business acumen made it good.

Richard Branson, the British billionaire started off small, with a small magazine called Slender and then started selling records under the name Virgin Records with the end result that he is the presently the owner of the Virgin group comprising over 400 companies.

Many people have had their rags to riches story and some of them worth mentioning are

Roman Abramovich: Owner of Chelsea Football Club and Russian business tycoon Abramovich Net worth net 2 billion dollars was born in abject poverty, orphaned at age 2. He went on to start a small business while a student and has never looked back since.

Oprah Winfrey: Leading entertainer, Talk show host, activist. and one of the best-known personalities in the USA and probably the world was born dirt poor. Despite setbacks, she won a scholarship to Tennessee State University and become the first African-American correspondent at the age 19. She moved to Chicago in 1983 and started her own T.V show called The Oprah Winfrey Show. Net worth $ 3 billion.

Shahid Khan: He started life in the USA working as a dishwasher when he came to the USA from Pakistan. He now owns Flex-n-Gate one of the largest private companies in the U.S.A. His net worth is 4.5 billion dollars.

Lakshmi Mittal: Born to a poor family in Rajasthan, India. Mittal as his first his name suggests money or fortunate is the owner of Arcelor Mittal the greatest steel industry in the world. Net Worth 12.3 billion U.S dollars.

George Soros: It is rumored of him that he can make the economies of poor countries rise and fall with his wheeling and dealing in the financial markets of the world. Soros fled his native Hungary to build up his Empire in London . He got a job in New York as a banker and as they say, the rest is history. Net worth 24.2 billion.

It seems that billionaires are getting younger and smarter as time progresses for one such young man who has recently joined the billionaires club has not even attained the age of 35.

He is Divyank Turakhaia, an enterprising and daring young man who along with his brother Bhavin runs several companies including Directi a global company which they run. They have homes in Mumbai, Dubai, Vancouver and San Francisco.

The elder brother Bhavin runs the company which they started borrowing 500 dollars from their father, an accountant by profession.

The brain behind the company is Div who created a contextual advertising company which they sold to a Chinese consortium for 900 million dollars.

The brothers did not raise venture funding and used profits of one company to start another and they have earned almost all the money.

Although the amount in question does not get them in Forbes 400 but it speaks volumes of the business acumen and force of intellect of Div.

He is representative of the young, dynamic enterprising , intrepid and has realized the American dream, a dream even Americans are unable to realize.

The Internet has proven to be a goldmine to those who are high tech savvy Div being one of them.

Div loved video games ever since he was a child so much so that he loved to create him. He started coding at age eight. He spent most of his 13th writing a game the theme of which the theme was that a player was a businessman who has lost his fortunes to a deceitful partner.

The point of the game was to create a new business from scratch. To win, you had to capture 100% of the market share.

This is how he put his skills to use and became so successful in life. From helping kids with their homework to helping companies he like Nasscom to get temporary connectivity up for a running conference.

They say knowledge is gold and in this day and age Internet knowledge is the absolute goldmine. People who are knowledgeable about the ins and outs of Information Technology have it made for themselves.

Div was deeply interested in broadening his intellect and read voraciously books on tech like people like Bill Gates, According to Div himself, he has read more than 11 books on Gates.

From there on there was no looking back he and his brother built up the company with the 500 dollars rented a server and started a web hosting company, their first customers were the businesses for whom they had consulted.

They paid their father back within a month . By this time money was coming in. Among their first clients were NASSCOM and the Nationalist Congress Party.

Div made his first million dollars at the age of 18 when was not even a graduate. His mother insisted he get a college degree and he complied and enrolled in a local college but hardly attended classes and at the age of 20 became a graduate obtained a B.com degree.

As they say “ If you have it flaunt it” and Div subscribes to this view literally. A flamboyant and extravagant lifestyle he is a trendsetter, a globe trotter, jetting in and out of countries at very short notices.

While in Dubai, A friend of his Stefan Weitz, a senior director of strategy and partnerships at Microsoft at the time had a 9-hour layover in Dubai and just happened to call in Div.

Div whizzed in at Dubai airport in a stretch rolls Royce limousine and after dining on the 122nd floor of the took him on a night safari in a Mercedes Defenders with night vision goggles, looking for scorpions and marsupial-type creatures. He was later dropped off by Div for his connecting flight at the eleventh hour.

Div loves being rich and spending it as well, He has homes in San Francisco, Dubai , Vancouver, and Mumbai. Unlike other millionaires or billionaires who wear casual clothes like jean and sneakers, Div goes for The Top-of-the-line stuff.

He struts his wealth openly wearing Gucci blazers, designer label jeans, drives the world’s most expensive cars such as Ferrari Spider 458 in San Francisco, A Roll Royce Phantom in Dubai and a Mercedes S class and a Porsche in Mumbai.

At a friend’s 40th birthday in Switzerland, he showed up wearing a lederhosen and flew in a Michelin Chef for the occasion .

At a European tech conference founders in Dublin. Ireland he booked the presidential suite at the Westbury hotel even upstaging Lady Gaga who was there at the time.

Going to a meeting in San Francisco, he picked up Jackie Reses , Yahoo’s chief dealmaker at the time, in his Ferrari 458 Spider. That’s his U. S. car. In Dubai, he has a Rolls-Royce Phantom. In Mumbai, a Mercedes-Benz S-Class and a Porsche.

Although popular with ladies, Div has his work as his first passion. He believes that the best part of spending the fortune is making the fortune.

A daring young man, Div enjoys the high life to the fullest, Dune buggy, skydiving, bungee jumping, diving in a cage in shark-infested waters off the coast of South Africa, his adventurous spirit is timeless.

In his latest crazy stunt, he stood on top of a 1934 Boeing-Stearman biplane, its double wings sandwiching the cockpit like an Oreo cookie as it climbed s toward the cloud line. Div Harnessed himself to a pole in the center to ride on the wings. A feeling of elation and sensation as he soars the air and the plane does 120 miles per hour.

Such people have no way to go but up in life and Divyank Turakhia has proven to the world

That with courage, daring, intellect and sheer honest hard work the sky is the limit.

The Internet is the gateway to these young talented young men who have the vision, the technical know-how, and the business acumen to make it big through the portal world.

It is almost every day that we hear of new millionaires from all over the world. Mushrooming in the world of Information Technology and it will be no wonder and surprise that these young entrepreneurs will outclass and outshine the likes of Bill gates, Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison Steve Wozniak and other geniuses who have made it through the portal world.

Who knows that at the rate at which Div Turakhia is progressing he may well outrank, in the not too distant future, Bill gates as the richest man in the world. For after all wonders hath never cease to exist.

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Written by Syed Anwer Ali

Ali Anwer is a veteran journalist having worked in Asia’s leading English daily newspaper for almost a decade. A prolific writer, he has contributed articles to different newspapers and established websites. He has also engaged in sports reporting for a brief period.

Having traveled the world extensively, he is a repository of information on world history, current affairs, political events and the entertainment industry. Being a movie buff he is an encyclopedia on Hollywood movies and actors.

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