Paytm’s $2.5-Billion IPO Mints New Millionaires in India

Indian electronic engineer Siddharth Pandey will turn into a millionaire after the country’s biggest-ever public issue, but he says he had to overcome his father’s opposition to joining fintech firm Paytm when it was a fledgling start-up nine years ago.

Around 350 current and ex-workers will each have total assets of at minimum Rs.1 center ($134,401.38) after Paytm’s $2.5 billion (generally Rs. 18,589 crore) IPO, a source in the organization told Reuters. Many, as Pandey, will become dollar tycoons when the organization records one week from now.

Those rewards are huge in a nation where the per capita pay is below $2,000 (generally Rs. 1,48,000).

Pandey, presently 39, is no longer with the organization and is working at another start-up that he declined to identify. But he says his seven-year stint at Paytm left him with tens of thousands of shares.

He declined to give subtleties, however, the offers were estimated at Rs. 2,150 ($28.9) each on Friday. Pandey said he would be worth more than $1 million.

“My father was very demotivating. He said, ‘What is this Paytime?!’,” Pandey told Reuters, referring to the time he joined Paytm in 2013.

“‘For once work in a company people know about,’ my father said.”

“Now he (my father) is obviously very happy. He has just asked me to stay grounded,” said Pandey, who is from Uttar Pradesh, the country’s most populous state and one of its poorest.

At the point when Pandey joined Paytm, it was basically a little payments organization with less than 1,000 staff. Today the firm has in excess of 10,000 representatives and offers a scope of administrations from banking, shopping, film, and travel ticketing to gaming.

To celebrate, Pandey says he took his father on a five-day luxury trip to Udaipur, a popular tourist destination in the desert state of Rajasthan in September, spending roughly Rs. 4,00,000 ($5,376).

“Paytm has always been a generous paymaster. Vijay (Sharma, the Paytm founder) has always wanted that people make money, they move up in life,” Pandey said.

Married and with two children, he says that the windfall will allow him to work in new companies where he isn’t altogether centered around his pay or even help him get back into academics.

“A part of the money goes into my retirement fund and I will use a large part of it for my kids’ education,” he said.