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Meet India’s youngest 'self-made' woman entrepreneur

by Rishika Choudhury

Date & Time: Sep 24, 2022 9:00 AM

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According to the IIFL Wealth Hurun India Rich List 2022, Neha Narkhede, co-founder of streaming data technology company Confluent, has been named the youngest self-made woman entrepreneur on the list. Neha Narkhede grew up in Pune, Maharashtra, and studied computer science at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Neha Narkhede co-founded Apache Kafka, an open-source messaging system. She now works as an investor and advisor for a number of technology firms. She is worth an estimated 4,700 crores and is ranked 336 on the Hurun India Rich List.

Narkhede previously worked at LinkedIn and Oracle, where she was part of a team that developed Apache Kafka software. This software aided in the development of LinkedIn's personalised user experience. According to Forbes, the female entrepreneur and her team later decided to apply the technology to other businesses and founded Confluent in 2014.

Neha moved to the United States about 15 years ago to pursue her Master of Science degree in technology at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Pune.

Forbes released America's Richest Self-Made Women list 2022, where she ranked 57. Neha Narkhede also made it to the World's Top 50 Women in Tech by Forbes in 2018. As 
per the details provided by Hurun India, a total of 1,103 individuals have been featured in the list with a wealth of ₹ 1,000 crores. This year has witnessed an increase of 96 in the number of rich individuals as compared to the previous year.

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