Ritesh Agarwa is the founder and CEO of OYO and an Indian billionaire entrepreneur. OYO Rooms is India's largest hotel network, with monthly revenue of $3.5 million and 1,500 employees in 154 cities across the country.
He graduated from St. John’s Senior Secondary School and moved to Delhi for college, but dropped out soon after to launch OYO and became the first Indian to be selected for the Thiel Fellowship in 2013.
In September 2012, Ritesh started a budget accommodation portal called Oravel Stays. The company was accepted into the accelerator program by Venture Nursery and won one of 2013's Thiel Fellowships, receiving $100,000 in grant money.
The company, OYO Rooms, was launched in May of 2013 and managed to raise $1 billion by September 2018. In July 2019 the OYO founder tripled his stake with a purchase of another $2 billion worth of shares.