From Billionaire to Zero: The Fall of Byju Raveendran’s Startup Empire

Byju Raveendran’s Startup Empire

Byju Raveendran, once featured on Forbes Billionaires list with a net worth of ₹ 17,545 crore, now faces a significant decline as his net worth has plummeted to zero, according to the 2024 Forbes Billionaire Index. This sharp downfall is attributed to crises engulfing his startup, Byju’s, once valued at $22 billion but now marked down to $1 billion by BlackRock. Founded in 2011, Byju’s rapidly rose as India’s most valuable startup, revolutionizing education with its learning app. However, recent financial disclosures reveal a staggering net loss exceeding $1 billion, leading to investor skepticism and the ousting of Raveendran as CEO by shareholders. Furthermore, Byju’s foreign investment faces scrutiny from the Enforcement Directorate over alleged Foreign Exchange Management Act violations worth over ₹ 9,362 crore. This sequence of events highlights a stark reversal of fortune for Byju’s, once hailed as a beacon of India’s startup ecosystem but now embroiled in financial turmoil and regulatory issues.

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