Zerodha co-founder Nikhil Kamath is reportedly dating Miss World 2017 Manushi Chillar, a source close to the couple said. The model-turned-actress who recently made her Bollywood debut has been in a relationship with the Bengaluru-based businessman since 2021, Hindustan Times reported.
“The two have been going quite strong. They have even moved in together. Currently, Manushi is focused on her Bollywood career, thus she doesn’t wish to talk about her love life as it might take away the attention. Their friends and family are well-versed with each other and the two wish to keep it low-key,” the source revealed.
Who is Nikhil Kamath?
Nikhil Kamath was born on September 5, 1987, in Shimoga, Karnataka to Raghuram Kamath, an employee of Canara Bank, and Revathi Kamath, an environmentalist and Veena player. He has an elder brother, Nithin Kamath, who is his business partner.
The 35-year-old studied at Oxford Senior Secondary School in Bangaluru but dropped out at the age of 16. During his school years, he participated in several state and national-level chess competitions.
He started his first business at the age of 14, selling used phones, but had to stop it after intervention from his mother. After he dropped out of school, he started a night job at a call center at 17. During the day, he would learn stock trading and manage his father’s money.
Kamath quit his job in 2004 and started his own trading firm Kamath Associates along with his elder brother Nithin. In 2010, he and his brother co-founded Zerodha, a stock trading platform. The company became one of the most successful trading businesses in India, particularly during the Covid-19 lockdown. In 2014, the brothers co-founded Rainmatter to fund tech start-ups. In 2019, they started another asset management company, True Beacon.
He has also authored three books – Risk vs. Rewards in Driving Capital Movement (2019), Dropping out of School into the markets (2020), and Wealth Management 101 (2020).
In 2020, Nikhil Kamath became one of India’s youngest billionaires at the age of 34. According to Forbes, the Kamath brothers reportedly have a cumulative net worth of $3.45 billion as of 2022.
In 2019, Kamath married Amanda Purvankara, executive director of Provident Housing Ltd., one of India’s leading real estate development companies. The couple separated after only a year of marriage. In 2022, it was reported that Kamath has been dating former model and actress Manushi Chillar since 2021.