Capturing his story from being a small-town boy to a billionaire, Byju Raveendran, founder and CEO, of edtech firm Byju’s told Fortune India that he ended by becoming an engineer because he was “good at math” and that it was the “default option” for a south Indian child. “An engineer by chance, a teacher by choice for sure, which made me an entrepreneur by chance,” Raveendran says, in an exclusive interview.

“I’m sure [if] you meet me 10 years down the line, hopefully I will be even more aspirational and ambitious,” adds Raveendran, whose company is valued at close to $17 billion. According to the IIFL Wealth Hurun India Rich List 2020, Raveendran is the fifth-richest tech billionaire in India, after Shiv Nadar, Azim Premji, Sunil Mittal, and Vijay Shekhar Sharma.

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