The Silicon Valley mogul Gurbaksh Chahal, once hailed as the TECH wonder boy was sentenced to jail for domestic violence. A Silicon Valley internet mogul Gurbaksh Chahal, 34, who sold his startup for $300 million at the age of 25 and appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” as a highly eligible bachelor was sentenced on Friday to a year in jail for violating his probation in a domestic violence case.
The Indian American, who rose from a high school dropout to an Internet mogul, who at the age of 18 sold his first San Francisco-based company called ClickAgent for $US40 million. The serial entrepreneur had the world at his feet and it seemed like he could get away with anything, but a shocking video showing a brutal act of violence could finally bring him down.
His image of an highly eligible bachelor began crumbling when prosecutors charged him with dozens of felonies in 2013, saying surveillance footage from his San Francisco penthouse showed him punching and kicking his girlfriend over 100 times and trying to smother her with a pillow. Among the other 47 charges filed against Chahal in the 2013 incident, included assault with a deadly weapon. That weapon was the pillow which he allegedly used to smother his victim with for 20 seconds.
The victim was an unnamed South Korean woman who Chahal was dating at the time and had originally called 911 telling police she was afraid for her life.
It was a staggering fall from grace for the man who was once deemed one of the planet’s “richest and fittest guys” by Men’s Health magazine and declared “America’s most eligible bachelor” by the celebrity TV show Extra!