Jay Chaudhry, a 62-year-old Indian-American businessman who studied under a tree and went on to IIT BHU for graduation and the University of Cincinnati to do an MBA, is an inspiration for many. In an year that saw many facing loss due to coronavirus, cybersecurity firm Zscaler owner Chaudhry made substantial gains in his wealth to climb 577 spots in the Hurun Global Rich List 2021. With a growth of net worth by 271 per cent, he reached $13 billion and featured in the list of the top 10 richest Indians.

Chaudhry owns 45 per cent of the Nasdaq-listed ZScaler. Established in 2008, the cybersecurity firm has a current worth of $28 billion. The company witnessed a growth in its revenue by 55 per cent to $157 million in the second quarter.

“There is an accelerated market shift towards work from anywhere, which is the world Zscaler was built for,” Chaudhry reacted to Zscaler’s latest quarterly earnings.

Born in Panoh village of the Una district in Himachal Pradesh, Chaudhry had once said that he had to study under trees and struggle for running water.

“I used to walk nearly 4 km every day to attend my high school at Dhusara, the neighbouring village. My success so far has mainly been because I have very little attachment for money. My obsession is really to make sure that the internet and cloud are a safe place for everyone to do business,” Chaudhry had said.