Starting early on your own, who was shy to the core; this most eligible and fit bachelor has sure come a long way !!!
Posted January 15th, 2004
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Gurbaksh Singh Chahal (born July 17, 1982) is an American internet entrepreneur, philanthropist, and writerBy the age of 25, he founded and sold two advertising companies for a total of US$ 340 million. Chahal was born in Tarn Taran Sahib in Punjab, India to Avtar Singh and Arjinder Chahal. In 1985, his parents received a visa for America through the Diversity Visa (DV) program, also known as the Green Card Lottery, and the following year, when he was four, the family settled in San Jose, California. He was a very shy kid and has cultivated all the traites while on his way up the ladder. His one of the distinct qualities is not answering back to critisism and let his work answer.


On December 15, 1998, aged 16, Gurbaksh Chahal dropped out of high school to work full-time at his first venture, ClickAgents. ClickAgents was an advertising network focused on performance-based advertising. Two years later, on November 1, 2000, ValueClick announced it agreed to buy ClickAgents in a $40 million all-stock merger. Chahal had a three year non-compete agreement with ValueClick.


On January 12, 2004, Chahal formed BlueLithium. BlueLithium specialized in behavioral targeting of banner advertising.  On October 15, 2007, Yahoo! bought Blue Lithium for $300 million in cash. Chahal remained CEO of the company through the transition period. In September 2009, Chahal started his third online ad company, focused on creating a new category of real-time advertising. On December 1, 2009, it raised its first institutional round of financing totaling $12.5 million from Adam Street Partners, Trinity Ventures, Stanford University and various others. 


On October 18, 2010, a few days after Chahal's non-compete expired, the Company re-branded itself as RadiumOne, and launched its Programmatic Advertising Platform that leverages first party data to deliver real-time advertising across the web, mobile, Facebook. On March 2011, RadiumOne announced it had raised another $21 million in financing which valued the Company at $200 million. On March 2, 2012, RadiumOne's valuation surpassed $500 million.


On October 23, 2008, Chahal appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss his life and business journey. In his interview, Oprah Winfrey introduced him as "one of the youngest and also the wealthiest entrepreneurs on the planet Earth". On January 8, 2009, he was featured on Extra TV as America's Most Eligible Bachelor. Chahal currently lives in San Francisco, California. On April 29, 2010, Chahal was awarded the Leaders In Management Award and an Honorary Doctorate degree in Commercial Science from Pace University for his career achievements as an entrepreneur.


In April 11, 2011, Men's Health also recognized him as one of the world's richest and fittest guys. Chahal appeared on an episode of the Fox TV reality show Secret Millionaire, where he went undercover in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco andgave away $110,000 of his own moneyChahal has also been actively involved with Pace University and in 2010 launched the Gurbaksh Chahal - Entrepreneurial Scholarship Program.  Inspired by the deadly events relating to the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting, Chahal founded the Be Proud Foundation with $1 million of his own moneyThe foundation is designed to create awareness campaigns to stop future hate crimes.


Chahal has also been a frequent guest lecturer at many universities including: Stanford University, Pace University, London School of Economics, University of California Berkeley, Columbia University, and Ryerson University. Chahal's book The Dream is required reading in entrepreneurship courses at some universities.

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