Byju, Dubbed 'Vijay Mallya 2.0,' Now Bankrupt

Byju's net worth has plummeted to a jaw-dropping zero, leaving many scratching their heads and others reaching for their popcorn.

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4/4/20242 min read

Byju went bakrupt Vijay Mallya 2.0
Byju went bakrupt Vijay Mallya 2.0

Vijay Mallya 2.0: Byju Raveendran's Spectacular Plummet from Billionaire Heights

Move over, Vijay Mallya, there's a new spectacle in town! Byju Raveendran, the once-celebrated poster child of India's startup realm, has found himself in a whirlwind of woes, reminiscent of the infamous downfall of the King of Good Times.

Once soaring high with a net worth of a whopping $2.1 billion (Rs 17,545 crore), Raveendran's fortunes have nosedived faster than a budget airline during monsoon season. According to the latest Forbes Billionaires Index, his net worth has plummeted to a jaw-dropping zero, leaving many scratching their heads and others reaching for their popcorn.

What led to this epic crash, you ask? Well, dear reader, it's a saga filled with more twists and turns than a Bollywood blockbuster. Picture this: a once-thriving edtech empire, Byju's, now lies in shambles, its valuation slashed to a measly $1 billion by the mighty BlackRock. From a peak valuation of $22 billion in 2022 to a mere shadow of its former glory, it's a fall from grace that even Icarus would balk at.

Forbes didn't mince words when it detailed Raveendran's misfortunes, citing "multiple crises" enveloping Byju's and allegations of accounting irregularities that would make even Enron blush. But wait, there's more! Shareholders, including Prosus NV and Peak XV Partners, staged a coup last month, voting to oust Raveendran from his CEO throne faster than you can say "hostile takeover."

And let's not forget the icing on this cake of calamity – layoffs, financial mismanagement allegations, and a toxic work atmosphere that makes the movie "Horrible Bosses" look like a feel-good comedy. From sponsoring cricket teams to mortgaging personal properties just to pay staff salaries, it's a rollercoaster ride that would leave even the hardiest entrepreneur feeling queasy.

But fear not, dear reader, for every cloud has a silver lining. With rumors swirling of a potential Bollywood biopic titled "From Billionaire to Broke: The Byju Raveendran Story," it seems our fallen hero may yet rise from the ashes like a phoenix – or at least provide some much-needed entertainment in these uncertain times.

So, grab your popcorn, buckle up, and prepare for the ride of a lifetime as we witness the epic saga of Byju Raveendran: Vijay Mallya 2.0.