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Vijay Shekhar Sharma, 37

Founder and CEO

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Paytm claims 125 million wallet accounts and aims to hit 500 million in the next five years. It has broken into the unicorn club. Flush with cash from Alibaba, Sharma snapped up services marketplace Near.in, context-aware personal assistant app Shifu, and funded Jugnoo, an autorickshaw aggregator. Sharma’s big gambit is to make Paytm the default choice of the unbanked: It has received a payments bank licence and plans to stitch up 60 million accounts by 2018.