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Ritesh Agarway: How A 22-Year-Old College Dropout Built India’s Largest Budget Hotel Chain

Ritesh Agarwal is the 22-year-old founder and CEO of OYO Rooms, India’s largest budget hotel chain with 40,000 rooms under its umbrella. The company’s continued growth can be largely attributed to the young entrepreneur’s resilience and business acumen.

According to an e27 profile of the young entrepreneur, in 2012, Agarwal, then a 17-year-old college drop-out, tried his luck in entrepreneurship by starting Worth Growth Partners. His unsuccessful venture eventually made him broke and got him kicked from his rented apartment.