Gurbaksh Chahal, internet entrepreneur and best-selling author, was given an honorary Pace University doctorate for his work in developing the field of internet advertising. He was also awarded for his abilities to guide people to success through his motivational speeches.
Chahal created his first online business as a high school student in California while working from his bedroom. A few years later he worked his way to earning hundreds of millions of dollars at the age of 25, making his departure from India an ultimate success. Chahal is said to be worth $340 million to date which isn’t bad for someone who came from another country and is a high school dropout.
Gurbaksh Chahal made $300 million off of the sale of his second internet company, Blue Lithium, solidifying his success in the internet community. Yahoo purchased the company in 2007 leading to Chahal’s fortune and launching him as an author as well as as a motivational speaker. Chahal published a copy of the acceptance speech for his honorary doctorate from Pace University on Facebook:
"Thank you, Pace University, for giving me the chance to be a part of the classroom. I was never part of an actual university, so thank you for allowing me to share my journey and life lessons as part of your curriculum. It’s the type of classroom experience I will never forget," wrote Chahal.
Pace University also awarded Chahal with the "Leaders in Management Award" in accordance with his work as a business theorist and motivational speaker.
"My journey, I guess is an example that sometimes the unorthodox ways can still lead you to success. You just need to believe," said Chahal.
Gurbaksh Chahal wrote a book about his life experiences as an up and coming internet genius turned multi-millionaire, titled "The Dream" in 2008. The release of "The Dream" was accompanied by a media campaign that featured appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show and CNBC, reported the San Francisco Gate.
As his third startup, Chahal recently developed gWallet, a virtual currency platform for social media developers.