Brothers Bhavin & Divyank Turakhia, who became entrepreneurs in their teens, rose to fame after selling ad tech firm Media.net for $900 million to a consortium of Chinese investors in August.
Younger sibling Divyank continues running operations under the new owners. The brothers sold four tech companies in 2013 to U.S.-based web-hosting firm Endurance International.
They started doing tech consulting from their shared bedroom in Mumbai in 1996. Since then their business has grown into a cluster of companies straddling web hosting and cloud infrastructure to payments and advertising technology.
At a time when the internet boom had just begun in India, the two self-described “tech geeks” took a Rs 25,000 loan ($372) in 1998 from their father, an accountant, to start a company that focused on creating domain names.
Over the next two decades, the duo would go on to build the $1.4-billion Directi, a group of companies with interests in numerous businesses.