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Manoj Bhargava is a businessman, philanthropist and a self-made billionaire of Indian-American origin. He is the founder-cum-CEO of Innovations Ventures LLC, a company that manufactures the ‘5-hour Energy drink’. Bhargava established the company in 2003 and it has grown by leaps and bounds, becoming the largest selling energy drink in America. He has vowed to donate 99% of his net worth towards the up-liftment of the socially and economically deprived in India.

Manoj Bhargava was born in 1953 in Lucknow, India. He and his family migrated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1967. Bhargava got a ‘math scholarship’ to The Hill School, a “privileged private academy”. He went to the Princeton University for a year. But Bhargava only spent a year at the Ivy League school, dropping out in 1973. In 1974, he decided to move back to India to become a monk in a commune. For the next 12 years, Bhargava travelled between monasteries in the Indian mountains under an ashram called Hanslok. He spent those years mastering the stilling of the mind through meditation. He returned to the U.S. permanently in the early 1990s and took over the family’s plastics company, Prime PVC, in 1996, growing it into a multimillion-dollar business that he sold to

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