Nikhil Kamath

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BornSeptember 5, 1986
OccupationCo-founder and CIO
OrganizationZerodha and True Beacon
RelativesNithin Kamath, Brother

Nikhil Kamath (born September 5, 1986) is an Indian entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Zerodha, a retail stockbroker and True Beacon, an asset management company.[1][2][3]

Early life and education

Kamath was born on September 5, 1986, in Karnataka, India. Kamath dropped out of school after grade 10th and he has no formal degree.[4][5][6]


Early days

Kamath started his career with a job at a call center while also engaging in equity trading on the side.[7][8][9]

In 2006, Kamath became a sub-broker and started his own brokerage firm with his brother Nithin Kamath titled Kamath & Associates.[10]


In 2010, Kamath co-founded Zerodha along with his brother Nithin Kamath.[11][12] Zerodha provides brokerage services for dealing in stocks, currencies and commodities.[13][14][15] In 2019, Zerodha became the largest stockbroker in India.[16] Today, Zerodha has 10 million clients.[17][18][19]

True Beacon

Kamath also co-founded True Beacon In 2020, an asset management company that focuses on wealth management for ultra-high net-worth individuals.[20][21]


In 2021, Kamath co-founded Gruhas, a real estate investments and prop tech company, along with Abhijeet Pai. Gruhas invests in incubators, startups and special situations through its proptech focused fund.[22][23]

Awards and recognition

In 2016, Kamath was honored as one of the Forbes India ‘30 Under 30’ young entrepreneurs.[24]

In 2018, Kamath was featured in Forbes India’s inaugural 'Tycoons Of Tomorrow' list, which recognised 22 young achievers in the fields of business, acting and sports.[25][26]

Kamath was listed on IIFL Wealth and Hurun India's 40 & Under Self-Made Rich List in 2020.[27][28][29]

In 2022, Kamath also became the youngest individual to be featured in the Edelgive Hurun India Philanthropy List.[30][31][32]

In 2023, Kamath made it onto Forbes' billionaires list for 2023 with a net worth of approximately $1.1 billion and was ranked at 2405.[33][34][35][36]


In June 2021, Kamath participated in an online charity chess match against five-time world chess champion, Viswanathan Anand to raise funds for those suffering due to the coronavirus pandemic.[37] During the event, Kamath had taken the help of chess analysts and computers to get the better of Anand. Kamath later apologised for his misdemeanour.[38] Following the match,, the virtual platform that was used to play the charity game, decided to ban his account.[39]


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  13. Bhakta, Pratik (2018-05-18). "The lone ranger: How Zerodha held its own against India's largest stock brokerages". The Economic Times. ISSN 0013-0389. Retrieved 2023-05-30.
  14. "Burned-Out Broker Got Rich Giving Free Trades to Millennials". 2019-05-08. Retrieved 2023-05-30.
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  30. "'I am inspired': Bill Gates applauds Zerodha's Kamath brothers". The Economic Times. 2023-03-08. ISSN 0013-0389. Retrieved 2023-05-30.
  31. "3 Startup Entrepreneurs, Including Zerodha's Kamath Brothers, Have Doubled Their Donation This Year". Retrieved 2023-05-30.
  32. Livemint (2022-10-20). "Youngest billionaire brothers among India's top 10 individual philanthropists". mint. Retrieved 2023-05-30.
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  34. Podishetti, Akash (2023-04-05). "Newest Entrants! Zerodha's Kamath brothers make it to Forbes' billionaires list 2023". The Economic Times. ISSN 0013-0389. Retrieved 2023-05-30.
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  36. "Youngest Billionaires in India 2022: Forbes India lists Byju's Divya Gokulnath and Zerodha's Nikhil Kamath". 2022-11-28. Retrieved 2023-05-30.
  37. "Chess fundraiser | Nikhil Kamath admits using computer in his win against Viswanathan Anand". The Hindu. 2021-06-14. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2023-07-04.
  38. "Billionaire Nikhil Kamath apologises for taking help from 'people analysing the game, computers' to win charity chess match opposite Vishy". The Economic Times. 2021-06-15. ISSN 0013-0389. Retrieved 2023-07-04.
  39. "Time to move on: Vishwanathan Anand on Nikhil Kamath's cheating in online chess". The Indian Express. 2021-06-15. Retrieved 2023-07-04.

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